• Bristlecone Pine

    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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  • Wheeler Peak Summit Trail Closed

    A small smoldering fire near the trail has caused the closure of the Wheeler Peak Summit Trail. park staff is observing the fire. Check back here to get an update whne the trail will open. Alpine Lakes Loop and Bristlecone Trail are open. More »

  • Road Work at Great Basin National Park

    Road work will begin in Upper Lehman and Wheeler Peak Campgrounds. Campgrounds will be open but may be noisy and have large vehicles on the roads. The Scenic Drive is open with up to 15 min delays due to road work. Click more for details. Updated 9/9/14 More »

  • Travel Not Recommended - Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive Above 8,000 Feet

    Snow and ice may make travel on Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive unsafe, travel is not recommended at this time. Warmer weather over the weekend is expected and conditions may improve. 10/1/2014

  • Snake Creek Road and Campsites Closed

    The Snake Creek Road will be closed from the park boundary into the park to begin work on campsites, trails and restroom improvements. Work will continue until snow closes the project. Work will resume in Spring 2015.


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.

>More Information on Hiking and Backpacking


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.

>More information on Technical Climbing


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.

White Nose Syndrome
White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) is a fungal disease that has killed more than 1 million bats in the U.S. and Canada. WNS is named for the white fungus that grows around infected bat's faces and other body parts. It was first documented in the winter of 2006-2007 in upstate New York and has since spread as far west as Oklahoma and as far south as North Carolina. White-nose syndrome has been linked to the fungus Geomyces destructans and results in bats exhibiting abnormal behavior during winter months such as flying during the day and clustering near entrances. In some hibernacula (caves or mines where bats spend the winter) 90 to 100 percent of the bats have died. This epidemic has been called one of the greatest wildlife disasters in our nation's history. Bats make up over 20% of the mammal species on Earth and save the U.S. agricultural industry over 3 billion dollars a year in pest-control services.

Permits must be applied for at least one week prior to the cave trip and must be in your possession while caving.

Caving Information and Permit Application

Applications can be mailed to:

Resource Management

Great Basin National Park

100 Great Basin National Park

Baker, NV 89311

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?

Did You Know?

Notch Peak, located in West Millard County, Utah, and visible from Great Basin National Park, towers above the desert valleys at 9,725 ft. elevation. This 3,000 ft sheer cliff is one of the tallest limestone cliffs in America.