Some recreational activities in the park require permits; for others registration is recommended.
Information on permits required for research, filming or photography, or other business related topics can be found under Doing Business With the Park.
Backcountry Camping Backcountry camping does not require a permit, but registration is free and strongly recommended. Stop at a visitor center to register and obtain a copy of the regulations. Registration not only allows the park to monitor use, but also provides critical information in the event of an emergency.
Climbing Technical climbing registration is voluntary at Great Basin National Park. However, climbers are strongly encouraged to register, especially those attempting any of the alpine routes. Registration forms provide crucial information for rescue personnel. Leaders may register for climbs at the visitor center.
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Caving There is one wild caves in the park that is accessible with a caving permit. Those who are interested in caving can submit a Cave Permit Application for approval. Permits will be approved for those who can demonstrate through the application process their experience with horizontal and vertical caving techniques, cave conservation ethics, and expertise with the required equipment.
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Permits must be applied for at least one week prior to the cave trip and must be in your possession while caving.
Applications can be mailed to:
For questions, please contact Resource Management by email or by phone at (775) 234-7561.
>More information on Caving
Upper Lehman Group Picnic area is available by reservation. A special use permit is required and must be applied for at least two weeks in advance. A $25 application fee must accompany the application. The fee for use of the area is $50. Maximum group size is 75. Call (775) 234-7511 for reservations and information.
Did You Know?
The Bonneville cutthroat trout is the only trout native to Great Basin National Park and East Central Nevada. Ancestors of the current Bonneville cutthroat trout were abundant in ancient Lake Bonneville 16,000 to 18,000 years ago, the remnant of what is now the Great Salt Lake in Utah.