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    Great Basin

    National Park Nevada

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

¦ Average Temperatures ¦ Average Precipitation ¦


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


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)

Max. 24 Hr. Precip.
Max. Snowfall34395235238002424846
Days with Measurable Precip.778875654556
Average No. Thunderstorms00015712124100

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Did You Know?

Snow on Wheeler Peak

Precipitation patterns are highly variable in Great Basin National Park. The wettest year on record at Lehman Caves was 21.2 inches of precipitation in 1982 and the driest year was 7.4 inches in 1953.