Alerts & Conditions

Alerts

 
Storm over the south snake range of Great Basin
Weather

Weather changes quickly at Great Basin. Thunderstorms and rain are common. Please be prepared by checking ahead of your visit.

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Wheeler Peak Snow Conditions

A weather station at the top of the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive provides information on past and current snow and temperature conditions

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Nevada Road Conditions

Nevada road conditions change often in winter months. Check current conditions across the state to ensure a safe journey.

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Utah Road Conditions

Journeying across the state of Utah will often take you through mountain roads. Check road conditions across Utah for a safe trip.

 

Park Roads

Please note that in spring and fall roads may be closed due to snow and rockfall.
Park Road Descriptions
Road Description Status
Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive Paved Surface

Temporary closures and one-way traffic may occur through winter 2024 for the chip seal project.

No vehicles over 24 feet in length allowed past the Upper Lehman Campground. Vehicles shorter than 24ft towing a trailer also under 24ft are permitted, though proceed with caution.
OPEN
Baker Creek Road Gravel Road, partially open in winter as weather permits OPEN
Strawberry Creek Road Dirt Road, closed in winter OPEN
Snake Creek Road Dirt Road, closed in winter OPEN
Lexington Arch Road Unimproved dirt road - rough and rutted. The road runs entirely on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management and is not closed by the National Park Service. Conditions may be impassable in winter due to excess snow/mud, approach with caution.

High-clearance, four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended year-round. Lexington Arch road is severely washed out. Vehicles will have to park approximately 1 mile before the official parking area/trailhead. Do not block the road or damage vegetation when parking.
OPEN
Hazardous conditions may be present, approach with caution

Visitor Centers - OPEN

Check hours for both visitor centers here.
The Great Basin Visitor Center (in Baker) closes during winter months. The Lehman Caves Visitor Center is open year round with longer hours in the summer.

Lehman Cave Tours - OPEN

Tours are available for reservation up to 30 days in advance.
Grand Palace tours will not be given until June 9th, 2024 due to cave rehabilitation projects. Lodge Room tours are still available daily. Check the Lehman Caves Tours page for more information on tour types.

Hiking Trails - OPEN

Hiking Trail Information
Winter Trail Information

Weather can change quickly at any elevation, so be prepared for harsh conditions. When hiking at high elevation be prepared for rain, hail, or snow storms at any time of the year. Temperatures and visibility can drop rapidly.

Most trails are at high elevation and have steep climbs. Be mindful for signs of altitude sickness such as headache and nausea. If you're feeling sick, descend right away. Sun exposure is also more extreme at high elevation, so be sure to bring hats and sunscreen. Bring plenty of water and salty snacks for longer day hikes.

Please use the trail registers to document your hikes.

 

Campgrounds

Campground, Pricing, and Reservation Information
Many campgrounds require reservations in the summer and may be booked up to 30 days in advance. Make reservations at Recreation.gov.

Lower Lehman Creek Campground is the only campground open year-round in the park. All others close with winter.

Water is unavailable in campgrounds. Water is available at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center year round, and at the Dump Station in summer and fall.

Campground

Sites

Period Reservable

Status

Lower Lehman Creek

11

First-come, first-served
Closed Summer 2024 for expansion project

CLOSED

Upper Lehman Creek

24

First-come, first-served in 2024 due to Road Rehabilitation requiring intermittent closures
Typically reservable Memorial Day to Labor Day

OPEN
NO WATER

Wheeler Peak

37

First-come, first-served in 2024 due to Bristlecone Parking Area Renovation requiring closure in July.

OPEN
NO WATER

Baker Creek

37

First-come, first-served

OPEN
NO WATER

Grey Cliffs

16

Loop A: First-come, first-served
Loop B: Closed
Loop C: May 26 - September 30

OPEN
NO WATER

Snake Creek Primitive Campsites

10

First-come, first-served

OPEN

Dump Station

Open during summer months
Water is available

OPEN

Fire Conditions

There is currently no fire ban inside Great Basin National Park. Due to ongoing drought conditions, they are regularly in place during the summer and fall months.

Year-round regulations:
Fires are never allowed above 10,000 feet. It is never permitted to build your own fire ring. Collect only dead and down wood; cutting live trees or snags for firewood is prohibited. Be fire smart; do not park your vehicle over grass or shrubs tall enough to touch the underside of the vehicle. Do not drag chains from your hitch. Please practice fire safety and enjoy your visit.

When fire bans are implemented, the following regulations apply:
Fires will not be allowed in picnic grills or barbecues. Fires are also not allowed in fire rings in campsites, amphitheaters or other locations in the park. Gas-fired camp stoves are permitted as well as propane grills.

Be fire smart; do not park your vehicle over grass or shrubs tall enough to touch the underside of the vehicle. Do not drag chains from your hitch. Please practice fire safety and enjoy your visit.

Check for fires and related incidents across the United States using InciWeb. InciWeb is primarily used for keeping the public and media up to date on wildland fires. However, InciWeb can also be used as a source of information for prescribed fires, burned area restoration, and other natural and human cause incidents.

Last updated: July 18, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

100 Great Basin National Park
Baker, NV 89311

Phone:

775-234-7331
Available 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day

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