• 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.

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace refers to a code of conduct that minimizes the impact of outdoor recreationists on the land and wildlife. Using these techniques also leaves an area undisturbed for the next hikers or campers. These principles are encouraged, and in some cases required, in the backcountry of Great Basin National Park.

Plan Ahead and Prepare

Always carry a map, compass, food, water, rain protection, sunscreen, sunglasses, and warm clothing when hiking. Know and obey the regulations and special concerns for the area you'll visit. Be physically and mentally ready for your trip. Know the ability of every member of your group. Be informed of current weather conditions and other area information. Know and accept risks associated with backcountry experiences. Take responsibility for yourself and your group. Always leave an itinerary with someone at home.

Camp and Travel on Durable SurfacesWhen hiking, stick to the trail. Do not widen it or cut switchbacks. When hiking cross-country, pick a route that avoids fragile areas, such as alpine slopes or wetland habitats.



Pack it In , Pack it Out
Pack out everything you brought in, including cigarette butts, toilet paper, trash, and food scraps.



Properly Dispose of Human Waste
Bury waste in a hole 4-8 inches deep. Pick a site at least 200 ft from water, campsites, or trails. Do not leave toilet paper or feminine products behind - they must be packed out.



Leave What You Find
Park regulations prohibit collection of anything, including flowers, rocks, bones, historical or archeological artifacts. Ask a ranger about the exceptions, such as berries and pinyon pine nuts.

Minimize the Use and Impact of FiresBuild small fires in preexisting fire rings or use a camp stove. The park only permits the use of dead and down wood for fires. Bristlecone Pine wood may not be burned. Fires are not permitted above 10,000 feet elevation (3,060 m).

Respect WildlifeEnjoy wildlife at a distance. Never feed wildlife. Secure food in containers. Please avoid sensitive wildlife habitats.

> More information can be found at the Leave No Trace website.

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.