• 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.

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

NPS PHOTO

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

NPS PHOTO

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?

Bristlecone Pine; photographed by Kathy Billings

Many of Great Basin National Park's bristlecone pines were growing at the time the Egyptians were building the pyramids. Not only are the trees themselves old, but the needles alone can be 25-40 yrs old!