Great Basin National Park was established in 1986. At that time, the lands previously designated as Lehman Caves National Monument were incorporated into the park. The park lies entirely within the Great Basin Desert, which is considered a high-elevation desert environment. Due in part to its distance from urban centers, the park contains many relatively pristine water resources and has some of the best visibility and dark night skies in the nation. It contains distinctive natural resources such as a rock glacier, six subalpine lakes, and the longest cave in Nevada (Lehman Caves).
The Mojave Desert Network provides natural resource inventory and monitoring information to help parks make effective, science-based management decisions. Inventories have been completed for mammals, fish, birds, vascular plants, and reptiles & amphibians (see species lists further down the page). Maps and reports detailing Great Basin's vegetation, soils, and geology resources are also complete.
The Mojave Desert Network carries out regular monitoring at six subalpine lakes and nine streams within the park. At the lakes, data on water quality, chemistry, and lake level are collected every year. At the streams, water quality and discharge data are collected continuously throughout the summer, and the streams are visited once per year for additional water chemistry and benthic macroinvertebrate sampling. Water monitoring is carried out jointly by our Network and Great Basin staff.
Monitoring at Great Basin National Park
Ongoing Monitoring Efforts
Integrated Uplands vegetation and soils monitoring of the Sagebrush community
Streams & Lakes monitoring of water quality, water chemistry, and availability at six subalpine lakes and nine streams
Coming Soon (additional monitoring currently in development)
Bat population monitoring using acoustic and capture surveys
Selected Large Springs monitoring of three larger persistent springs
Invasive & Exotic Plants