Weather

Sunset over Great Basin National Park
Sunset over the Snake Range, Great Basin National Park.

NPS Photo/Chris Wonderly

 

I Average Temperatures I Average Precipitation I

Climate

There is almost an 8,000 ft (2,400 m) difference in elevation between Wheeler Peak and the valley floor. Weather conditions in the park vary with elevation. In late spring and early summer, days in the valley may be hot, yet the snow pack may not have melted in the higher elevations. The Great Basin is a desert, with low relative humidity and sharp drops in temperature at night. In the summer, fierce afternoon thunderstorms are common. It can snow any time of the year at high elevations.

Real-Time Weather Stations in Great Basin National Park:

Real-Time Roadside Weather Station in Baker, NV:

National Weather Service Forecasts:


You can also check our Current Conditions page for campground, hiking trail, and road status.

 

Average Temperatures

Month

Average Max. Average Min.
January 41°F (5°C) 18°F (-8°C)
February 44°F (7°C) 21°F (-6°C)
March 48°F (9°C) 24°F (-4°C)
April 56°F (13°C) 31°F (-1°C)
May 66°F (19°C) 40°F (4°C)
June 76°F (24°C) 48°F (9°C)
July 86°F (30°C) 57°F (14°C)
August 83°F (28°C) 56°F (13°C)
September 75°F (24°C) 47°F (8°C)
October 62°F (17°C) 37°F (3°C)
November 49°F (9°C) 26°F (-3°C)
December 42°F (6°C) 20°F (-7°C)

Temperatures recorded at Lehman Caves Visitor Center: 6,825 feet.
 

Average Precipitation

(measured in inches)

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Normal 0.9 1.0 1.4 1.3 1.1 0.9 0.9 1.1 0.9 1.0 1.2 1.2
Maximum 3.2 3.6 5.0 3.0 4.7 3.4 2.1 3.7 2.7 3.0 3.4 3.4
Max. 24 Hr. Precip. 2.2 1.6 1.5 1.6 1.6 1.4 1.1 0.8 2.4 1.1 1.5 1.6
Max. Snowfall 34 39 52 35 23 8 0 0 2 42 48 46
Days with Measurable Precip. 7 7 8 8 7 5 6 5 4 5 5 6
Average No. Thunderstorms 0 0 0 1 5 7 12 12 4 1 0 0

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Mailing Address:

Great Basin National Park
100 Great Basin National Park

Baker, NV 89311

Phone:

(775) 234-7331
Park Headquarters Superintendent

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