Laws & Policies


Federal Laws

The National Park Service is an agency of the Department of Interior, part of the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government. Laws created by Congress establish the highest order of legal authority over national parks. Many laws, including the Organic Act of 1916 that created the National Park Service, affect all areas managed by the agency.

National parks are created by acts of Congress, unlike national monuments, which can be created by presidential proclamation. The legislation creating Great Basin National Park is known as the Great Basin National Park Act of 1986.

Park Regulations

The Code of Federal Regulations, Title 36, provides a complete listing of rules and regulations applicable to all NPS areas.

The Superintendent's Compendium provides park-specific regulations inacted under the authority of the superintendent.

Other regulations, such as Nevada State Law, may apply in cases where no federal law exists. Traffic laws, for instance, are governed by the state, not the federal government. All Nevada traffic laws apply within Great Basin National Park.
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Organic Act of 1916

Law that established the National Park Service to protect lands for the enjoyment of all.

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Great Basin National Park Act of 1986

The Act of Congress that established Great Basin National Park.

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Superintendent's Compendium

Summary of park specific rules implemented under 36 Code of Federal Regulations (36 CFR). Updated annually.

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Pet Regulations

Please be aware of all pet regulations if you plan to visit with a pet.

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Backcountry Regulations

All backcountry users are expected to know and comply with all backcountry regulations in Great Basin National Park.

a sign that reads "no motor vehicles to protect the wilderness environment"

ATV Regulations

Please be aware of all motor vehicle regulations before visiting Great Basin

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Hunt Regulations

hunting and related activities are in effect within the boundaries of Great Basin National Park. Please beware of all regulations.

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Firearms Regulations

It is the responsibility of visitors to understand and comply with all applicable state, local, and federal firearms laws before visiting.

Last updated: October 8, 2021

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100 Great Basin National Park
Baker , NV 89311


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