Places to Visit: Great Basin National Park

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Great Basin NP

Great Basin National Park is 193 miles northwest of Byrce Canyon in neighboring Nevada. Its range of elevations and ecological zones makes it an exceptional place to visit along with Lehman Caves.

  • Wheeler Peak at 13,063 feet elevation has a small glacier near the peak, part of the Ice Age
  • Take a guided tour of Lehman Caves with their decorated passages and galleries
  • Enjoy the Wheeler Peak scenic drive in summer, passing through a variety of habitats
  • Snake Range is home to Limber and Bristlecone pines, some of which are 2,000 – 3,000 years old

Overview

Great Basin National Park Nevada covers a massive 77,180 acres with varying elevations and five ecological zones. It is home to a variety of plants and forest, including stands of ancient Bristlecone Pines. It stretches from California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains to the Rockies in Utah with numerous mountains and rivers. Take a guided tour of Lehman Caves, created as water dissolved the limestone mountain.

Hours/Seasons

Open all year round, weather permitting.

  • Great Basin Visitor Centers:
    Summer open 7am to 6pm
    Winter open 8.30 to 4.30pm
    Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Fees

  • No entrance fee to the Great Basin Park
  • Lehman Cave Tour $4 to $10
  • Campgrounds $12 per night

Contact

775-234-7331

Highlights

  • Wheeler Peak at 13,063 feet elevation has a small glacier near the peak, part of the Ice Age
  • Take a guided tour of Lehman Caves with their decorated passages and galleries
  • Take the Wheeler Peak scenic drive in summer passing through a variety of habitats
  • Snake Range is home to Limber and Bristlecone pines, some of which are 2,000 – 3,000 years old

Getting Here

From Bryce Canyon National Park, take Hwy 12 to Panguitch, also known as “A Journey Through Time" Byway. Travel north on Hwy 89/ Hwy 20 to I-15 North. At Beaver take exit 112 and go right on Hwy 21 for 107 miles. Follow the signs to Great Basin Park. Total journey is 193 miles.