Great Basin National Park

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Great Basin National Park - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    A must for any Great Basin trip. Less than a mile from the visitor center off Route 488, turn onto this paved road that winds its way up to...Read More

  • 2. Baker Creek Road

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    Though less popular than the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, this gravel road affords gorgeous views of Wheeler Peak, the Baker Creek Drainage, and...Read More

  • 3. Cave Lake State Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    At 7,350 feet above sea level in the pine and juniper forest of the big Schell Creek Range that borders Ely on the east, this is an idyllic...Read More

  • 4. Great Basin Visitor Center

    Information Center

    Here you can see exhibits on the flora, fauna, and geology of the park, or ask a ranger to suggest a favorite hike. Books, videos, and souvenirs...Read More

  • 5. Junior Ranger Program


    Youngsters answer questions and complete activities related to the park and then are sworn in as Junior Rangers and receive a Great Basin Bristlecone...Read More

  • 6. Lehman Caves


    In 1885, rancher and miner Absalom Lehman discovered this underground wonder—a single limestone and marble cavern 2½ miles long. Inside, stalactites...Read More

  • 7. Lehman Caves Visitor Center

    Information Center

    Regularly scheduled cave tours lasting 60 or 90 minutes depart from here. Mountain View Nature Trail encircles the visitor center and includes...Read More

  • 8. Lehman Caves Visitor Center Picnic Area


    This full-service picnic site, with tables, fire grills, water, and restrooms (the latter two available during the summer), is a short walk...Read More

  • 9. Nevada Northern Railway Museum


    During the mining boom the Nevada Northern Railroad connected East Ely, Ruth, and McGill to the transcontinental rail line in the northeast...Read More

  • 10. Pole Canyon Trailhead Picnic Area


    Inaccessible when Baker Creek Road is closed in the winter, this picnic area at the mouth of a canyon has a handful of tables and fire grills...Read More

  • 11. U.S. 93 Scenic Byway

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    The 68 miles between the park and Ely make a beautiful drive with diverse views of Nevada's paradoxical geography: dry deserts and lush mountains...Read More

  • 12. Upper Lehman Creek Campground


    There are a handful of places here where you can sit down for a bite and a breather. A group picnic site requires advance reservations, but...Read More

  • 13. Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

    Historic District/Site

    In the desert south of Ely is this row of six beehive-shaped, 30-foot-tall ovens that could process 35 cords of wood at once. From 1876 to 1879...Read More

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  • 14. Weekly Astronomy Programs


    You'll find some of the country's darkest skies—and brightest stars—at Great Basin. Expect to be dazzled, especially on moonless nights, as...Read More

  • 15. Campfire Programs


    On summer evenings the park offers these programs at two of its campgrounds, Upper Lehman Creek and Wheeler Peak. The 30- to 45-minute programs...Read More

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