Great Basin National Park Travel Guide
Plan Your Great Basin National Park Vacation
Rising 13,063 feet out of a massive 200,000-square-mile basin, Wheeler Peak beckons visitors with an entirely unique ecosystem. High desert meets alpine forest here, with a limestone cave to boot. Fewer than 100,000 visitors (compared to 3 million at Utah’s Zion National Park) will find their way to this off-the-beaten-path park annually, but for them, the rewards will be ample. Surface water in the Great Basin has no outlet to the sea, so it pools in more than 200 small basins throughout the steep mountain ranges. Along with these alpine lakes, the dramatic mountains shelter lush meadows, limestone formations, and ancient bristlecone pines. Within the park is the southernmost permanent glacier on the continent.
There is no lodging in the park, so unless you're willing and able to snag one of the park's first-come, first-served... read more
Dining in the park itself is limited to the basic lunch fare at the Lehman Caves Cafe and Gift Shop. Nearby Baker, a town of... read more
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Ancient tree spottings: The bristlecone pines in Great Basin are thousands of years old. Desert skyscraper: Wheeler Peak... Read more
Despite the cold, dry conditions in Great Basin, 411 plant species thrive; 13 are considered sensitive species. The region gets less... Read more
Hiking Great Basin National Park, by Bruce Grubbs, will get your Great Basin trip off on the right foot. Trails to Explore in... Read more
Great Basin has four developed campgrounds, all easily accessible by car, but only the Lower Lehman Creek Campground is open year-round.... Read more
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