Caving There is one wild caves in the park that is accessible with a caving permit. Those who are interested in caving can submit a Cave Permit Application for approval. Permits will be approved for those who can demonstrate through the application process their experience with horizontal and vertical caving techniques, cave conservation ethics, and expertise with the required equipment.
White Nose Syndrome
White-Nose Syndrome (WNS) is a fungal disease that has killed more than 1 million bats in the U.S. and Canada. WNS is named for the white fungus that grows around infected bat's faces and other body parts. It was first documented in the winter of 2006-2007 in upstate New York and has since spread as far west as Oklahoma and as far south as North Carolina. White-nose syndrome has been linked to the fungus Geomyces destructans and results in bats exhibiting abnormal behavior during winter months such as flying during the day and clustering near entrances. In some hibernacula (caves or mines where bats spend the winter) 90 to 100 percent of the bats have died. This epidemic has been called one of the greatest wildlife disasters in our nation's history. Bats make up over 20% of the mammal species on Earth and save the U.S. agricultural industry over 3 billion dollars a year in pest-control services.
Permits must be applied for at least one week prior to the cave trip and must be in your possession while caving.
Caving Information and Permit Application
Applications can be mailed to:
Great Basin National Park
100 Great Basin National Park
Baker, NV 89311
For questions, please contact Resource Management by email or by phone at (775) 234-7561.
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