Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Great Basin National Park is in the state of Nevada and lies near the cities of Ely, Border, and Baker in White Pine county. It's received it's name for the being the basin between the Wasatch and Sierra Nevada Mountain ranges. The park was established in 1986 on October 27 and stretches just over 120 square miles attracting over 90,000 visitors annually. There are over 800 types of plants in the park. The oldest living tree ever discover once stood in the park but was cut down in 1964 for research. A wide variety of wildlife exists in the park including multiple types of Rabbits, squirrels, and mice and larger mammals such as Mountain Lions, sheep, bobcats, and deer. Several species of trout are in the parks waters with the Bonneville cutthroat being the only native. Hawks, eagles, and swallows are just some of the types of birds found in the park. The features of the park were largely formed by volcanic and glacial activity. An extensive cave system made up of limestone and marble called Lehman caves can be found in the park. The caves were initially a national park of there own and were absorbed into the Great Basin National Park at it's establishment in 1986.

Great Basin National Park Info


Great Basin National Park

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News

Snake Creek to be Closed for Treatment

Great Basin National Park will be conducting a stream treatment. To ensure the safety of Park visitors, Snake Creek Canyon will be closed from 9:00 am Monday July 23rd until 3:00 pm on Friday July 28th.

GBNP Featured in New York Times

Great Basin National Park was featured in a travel article in the New York Times. The article was penned by Rachel Levin.

New Superintendent James Woolsey

The National Park Service has selected James Woolsey to serve as the next superintendent of Great Basin National Park in Nevada. He replaces Steve Mietz, who was promoted to superintendent of Redwood National & State Parks in California.

Great Basin National Park Photos

Common Branded Skipper (Hesperia comma)

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Common Branded Skipper (Hesperia comma)

Common Branded Skipper (Hesperia comma). Great Basin National Park. Near Baker, White Pine Co., Nevada.

002 Rain Obscuring The Snake Range

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002 Rain Obscuring The Snake Range

For the rest of the weekend, a grey and rainy sky.

004 Great Basin Visitor Center

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004 Great Basin Visitor Center

Yes, that is snow on the mountains. It is only October 7th.

003 The Rain Soaked Turnoff

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003 The Rain Soaked Turnoff

Wheeler Peak is the tallest mountain in the Snake Range and in White Pine County, in Nevada, United States. The summit elevation of 13,065 feet (3,982 m) makes it the second-highest peak in Nevada. It is an impressive peak... when you can see it.

005 Baker Hall

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008 Fall Colors Near Lehman Cave

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008 Fall Colors Near Lehman Cave

009 The Road Is Wet

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009 The Road Is Wet

010 The View From Lehman Caverns Visitor Center

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010 The View From Lehman Caverns Visitor Center

I did not take any pictures in Lehman Cave because I left my phone in the car fearing it was too fragile for the cave's environment. But other people had their phone in the cave. Call me paranoid. I really need to buy a new camera rugged enough to take into a cave.

006 The Cavers Gather

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006 The Cavers Gather

I didn't get any pictures of the meeting. I left my phone in the car so if it rang, beeped, or chirp, it wouldn't disturb the meeting. But other people had their phones at the meeting. Those phones disturbed the meeting.

007 Baker Community Church

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007 Baker Community Church

001 Sunset On Great Basin Highway

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001 Sunset On Great Basin Highway

Heading into the oncoming storm.

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