Home on the Basins & Ranges

The basin and range province is one of America’s most unique and extensive geographic features. Traveling through the region, you see rocky ranges rising out of nowhere, and deep basins forming depressions and valleys next to them. Created by a combination of fault lines and erosion, the basin and range topography appears in national parks from Texas to Idaho. Its dry climate houses resilient species of plants and animals, as well as mineral resources. Come explore this special environment.

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Last updated: February 5, 2019