The Great Outdoors
The Mountain View Nature Trail wanders 0.3 miles through the pinyon-juniper forest next to the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. A trail guide, available for check-out at the visitor center, describes the geology and ecology of the area.
The gentle 0.4 mile loop Island Forest Trail winds through a high alpine forest. Interpretive signs explain how this forest exists, cut off from other forests by distance, elevation, and time. Begin at the Bristlecone Parking lot at the end of the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive.
A good, longer walk to break in a young hiker is the Alpine Lakes Loop. The 2.7 mile trail passes by two beautiful alpine lakes, Stella and Teresa, providing great views of Wheeler Peak. Begin at the Bristlecone Trail parking lot at the end of the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. Elevation gain of 600 feet (180 m). Day use only.
Give your kids the chance to discover the artist inside with your digital camera. Document Great Basin National Park in photos, allowing each child to photograph scenes, animals, or a location they love. Try photographing objects that tell the story of the current season, like new flowers in the Spring, or orange leaves in the Fall. Compile the photos into a scrapbook or family calendar.
Junior Ranger Program
This program provides children with an opportunity to learn about and interact with the park at their own pace.
Family Field Packs Program
The Field Pack Program is an opportunity for families, who have young children, to discover learn, and document the many resources while they explore Great Basin National Park. Each "themed" pack is equipped with a field journal and a large variety of educational tools for young explorers. Three different packs are available for check-out: Nature Discovery, Tracking, and Night Exploration.
The Field Pack Program is designed to encourage visitors to exercise their imaginations and to explore the park on their own and at their own pace. Packs are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and can be checked out (for a suggested $2 donation) at both the Lehman Caves Visitor Center and the Great Basin Visitor Center. For more details ask a ranger at an information desk.