• 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 later in the week is expected and conditions may improve. Please check back. 9/29/2014

  • 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.

Picnic Areas

Wheeler Peak from Mather Overlook

Wheeler Peak from Mather Overlook

NPS PHOTO

Lehman Caves Visitor Center Picnic Area has several accessible tables and fire grills. Restrooms and water are available in the summer season.

Upper Lehman Creek Campground has several picnicking possibilities, including an area near the host site, tables near the amphitheater, and a group picnic area available by reservation by calling 775-234-7511.

Mather Overlook, approximately eight miles up the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, has a picnic table, wooden deck, viewing telescope, restroom, and incredible views of the Lehman Creek drainage.

Pole Canyon Trailhead Picnic Area, located off Baker Creek Road, has several accessible tables, fire grills, and a restroom. Water is not available.

The Bristlecone Trail Parking Area, located at the end of the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, has picnic tables and a restroom. Enjoy your lunch in the spruce and pine forest at a cool 10,000 feet.

A special use permit is required for use of the group picnic area and must be applied for at least two weeks in advance. The fee for use of the area is $25. Maximum group size is 75. Call (775) 234-7511 for reservations and information.

Did You Know?

Bonneville Cutthroat Trout

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.