Great Basin National Park
100 Great Basin National Park
Baker, NV 89311
Between the Rocky Mountains and the Sierra Nevada, in a corner of the vast territory that stretches across the West, an unexpectedly rugged landscape suddenly rises above the floor of the desert and into the blue sky of eastern Nevada. These mountain peaks are part of the Snake Range, one of the main attractions at Great Basin National Park. Visitors also enjoy candlelit tours through the fascinating cavern system of Lehman Caves. Great Basin is situated approximately halfway between the Las Vegas and Salt Lake City airports.
Entrance fees: Admission is free. There is a fee for cave tours.
Visitor center: The visitor center is open daily, except January 1, Thanksgiving Day, and December 25.
- Lower Lehman Creek Campground. Open year-round. First-come, first-served.
- Baker Creek Campgound. Open mid-May through September. First-come, first-served.
- Grey Cliffs Campground. Open Memorial Day to Labor Day. First-come, first-served.
- Upper Lehman Creek Campground. Open From mid-May through September. First-come, first-served.
- Wheeler Peak Campground. Open June through September. First-come, first-served.
- Primitive campgrounds. Open year-round. First-come, first-served.
Visiting Great Basin National ParkFor decades before the Great Basin became a national park in 1986, the Snake Range of Nevada was known for its soaring peaks, bristlecone pine groves, and extensive natural caverns. The range is part of the extensive system of fault-block mountains -- more than 100 exist -- that sharply wrinkle the otherwise flattened landscape of the Great Basin Desert.
One of the main attractions for sightseers is the extensive labyrinth of underground tunnels and rooms that comprise Lehman Caves. To read about exploring the caverns and other Great Basin highlights, see the next page.