• Grand Palace

    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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  • 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.

  • Astronomy Programs to Resume August 23rd

    After a safety review Astronmy Programs will begin again on a trial basis on August 23rd. More »

  • Road Work at Great Basin National Park

    Beginning July 8, 2014 and continuing through the end of August there will be road work at Great Basin National Park on paved roads throughout the park. Delays of 10 minutes or less may occur. Updated 8/12/2014 More »

Things To Do

Whether visiting for a day, or week, endless opportunities abound for recreation and relaxation in Great Basin National Park! Be sure to check out Things to Know Before You Come for important information on pets, services, and current conditions that may affect your plans.

Stop at a visitor center and ask a ranger for recommendations on activities to fit your schedule and your group. Below are a few ideas to get you started.

 
cave drop in Lehman Caves

Active formations in Lehman Caves

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Half a Day

  • Check out the exhibits in both visitor centers.
  • Join a Lehman Caves Tour. A Park Ranger will take you on a guided walk of the Lodge Room or Grand Palace section of Lehman Caves.
  • Drive the 12 mile Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive for unparalled views of the mountains and surrounding valleys.
  • Stroll along the 1/4 mile Island Forest Trail at the end of the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive.


 
sculpted bristlecone pine

Weathered bristlecone pine

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One Day

  • Walk the self-guided Mountain View Nature Trail, located next to the Lehman Caves Visitor Center, and experience the sights, sounds, and smells of a pinyon-juniper forest.
  • Attend an evening campfire program at the Upper Lehman Creek Campground.
  • Enjoy a picnic lunch at the secluded Pole Canyon Picnic Area, located off the Baker Creek Road.
  • Venture up the Bristlecone Pine Trail to see the oldest living organisms in the world (2.8 miles round trip). Continue further up the trail to see Nevada's only glacier at the base of Wheeler Peak.
  • Sign the kids up to become Great Basin Junior Rangers.
  • Find a comfortable spot after sunset for some stargazing or catch a ranger led astronomy program under one of the darkest night skies in the country.


 
Baker Lake

Baker Lake

NPS PHOTO CHRIS WONDERLY

Two or More Days

Did You Know?

non-native plant, cheatgrass

One of the major ecological threats to the sagebrush-dominated Great Basin ecosystem is the introduction and spread of dozens of species of non-native plants. The most important of these, cheatgrass (or downy brome) covers the largest area: 25 million acres, one-third of the area of the Great Basin.