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.
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.
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.
Did You Know?
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.