• 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.

Cooperating Association


There are certain endeavors better suited to enterprises undertaken in cooperation in cooperation with government, and our partners fill that need. Great Basin National Park has more to offer our visitors' experience thanks to their dedication and willingness to take on the challenge. They help us bring a more complete park experience to our visitors.

Western National Parks Association
In 2005, Great Basin National Park welcomed a non-profit cooperating association, Western National Parks Association (WNPA), to manage the visitor center bookstores. In partnership with Great Basin, WNPA has been dedicated to improving the bookstores and publishing interpretive materials, including a variety of educational pamplets and the Bristlecone newspaper. WNPA has also supplied funds to participate in an annual Audubon Society Bird Count and to maintain the Junior Ranger Program.

Established in 1938, WNPA has since expanded to operate bookstores at sixty-five National Park Service sites throughout the western United States. Their mission is to promote the preservation of the national park system and its resources by creating greater public appreciation through eduction, interpretation, and research. WNPA has contributed more than $37 million to the National Park Service, generated through store sales and member suppport. They have produced more than a half million free interpretive items for national parks every year, including trail guides, newspapers, schedules, and brochures.

Currently the association has more than 200 publications in print, with many new publications being introduced every year. A catalog of these publications and hundreds of additional educational products is available in Great Basin National Park visitor center bookstores. Titles not immediately available in the bookstore can be found online at www.wnpa.org.

Did You Know?

Century + year old orchard; Photographed by Bryan Petrytyl

The apricot trees in front of the Lehman Caves Visitor Center in Great Basin National Park are over 100 years old! The trees are thought to have been planted by Absalom Lehman, discoverer of Lehman Caves. These historic fruit trees continue to produce today.