• Bristlecone Pine

    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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  • Road Work at Great Basin National Park

    The Scenic Drive is open with up to 15 min delays due to road work. Wheeler Peak Campground will be closed for the day on October 14th. Lower Lehman Campground will be closed for the day on October 15th. Click more for details. Updated 10/9/14 More »

  • 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.

Weather

Sunset over Great Basin National Park
Sunset over the Snake Range, Great Basin National Park
NPS Photo.  Chris Wonderly
 

¦ Average Temperatures ¦ Average Precipitation ¦


Climate


There is almost an 8,000 ft (2,400 m) difference in elevation between Wheeler Peak and the valley floor. Weather conditions in the park vary with elevation. In late spring and early summer, days in the valley may be hot, yet the snowpack may not have melted in the higher elevations. The Great Basin is a desert, with low relative humidity and sharp drops in temperature at night. In the summer, fierce afternoon thunderstorms are common. It can snow any time of the year at high elevations.



Realtime Weather Stations in Great Basin NP:

>Baker Flat

>Mather Overlook

>Housing Area/Resource Management Building

>Wheeler Peak SnoTel Station

Realtime Roadside Weather Station in Baker:

>
Junction of Hwy 50 and 487



National Weather Service Forecasts:

>Baker Administrative Site (Elevation 5317ft)

>Lehman Caves Visitor Center (Elevation 6825ft)

>Wheeler Peak Campground (Elevation 9886ft)



National Weather Service Fire Forecast

>White Pine County, Nevada

 

Average Temperatures




Month


Average Max.Average Min.
January41°F (5°C)18°F (-8°C)
February44°F (7°C)21°F (-6°C)
March48°F (9°C)24°F (-4°C)
April56°F (13°C)31°F (-1°C)
May66°F (19°C)40°F (4°C)
June76°F (24°C)48°F (9°C)
July86°F (30°C)57°F (14°C)
August83°F (28°C)56°F (13°C)
September75°F (24°C)47°F (8°C)
October62°F (17°C)37°F (3°C)
November49°F (9°C)26°F (-3°C)
December42°F (6°C)20°F (-7°C)


Temperatures recorded at Lehman Caves Visitor Center: 6,825 feet.

 

Average Precipitation(measured in inches)



JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSeptOctNovDec
Normal0.91.01.41.31.10.90.91.10.91.01.21.2
Maximum3.23.65.03.04.73.42.13.72.73.03.43.4
Max. 24 Hr. Precip.2.21.61.51.61.61.41.10.82.41.11.51.6
Max. Snowfall34395235238002424846
Days with Measurable Precip.778875654556
Average No. Thunderstorms00015712124100




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Did You Know?

Sagebrush

The Sagebrush, a very common resident of Great Basin National Park, is well adapted to the area. The Big Sagebrush root system can extend as much as 90 feet in circumference. This adaptation allows the plant to collect as much water as possible during infrequent rains.