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

I didn't expect a bench this far back in the wilds of Great Basin NP

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I didn't expect a bench this far back in the wilds of Great Basin NP

The original trail approach was washed out for about a mile.

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The original trail approach was washed out for about a mile.

Fire takes a long time to heal.

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Fire takes a long time to heal.

Still some color even in late September

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Still some color even in late September

Lexington Arch

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Lexington Arch

Lexington Arch

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Lexington Arch

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The Burning Man?

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The Burning Man?

A nice burst of sun on an overcast day.

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A nice burst of sun on an overcast day.

Shield Formation

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Shield Formation

Lehman Caves, Great Basin National Park

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Morning dog walk

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Morning dog walk

With 13,161 foot Wheeler Peak in the background.

At Wheeler Campground

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At Wheeler Campground

A National Park Campground at 10,000 feet, where we spent the night.

Back to Wheeler Campground

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Back to Wheeler Campground

Wheeler Peak and aspens

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Wheeler Peak and aspens

Teresa Lake panorama

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Teresa Lake panorama

Morning meadow

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Morning meadow

With 12,771 foot Jeff Davis Peak (Doso Doyabi) in the background.

Car camping

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Car camping

For most of my life I hated car camping (was always a backpacker), but during the last decade I discovered the secret to enjoying yourself while car camping: keep it simple.

Forget about a tent, get a futon cushion and sleep in the back of your SUV or drag the cushion out into the ground and sleep there. And also forget about cooking, that just makes everything complicated and messy. Bring stuff to eat you don't have to cook. Simple.

It was bitter cold that night, but we were prepared and were perfectly comfortable. We bought firewood down in Baker by the highway at a house with a self-service woodpile.

The first weekend in October the campground was pretty empty, but there were still a few assholes with camper trailers in the lower camp running gensets, I can't imagine why (we never ran our genset in our RV). One clown was running his all night. WTF?

Fortunately, we couldn't hear them from where we were camped. Honestly, all it would take to ruin our weekend was one asshole with a genset parked a few dozen yards away.

Aspens near the Wheeler Peak Overlook

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Aspens near the Wheeler Peak Overlook

During the drive up to Wheeler Campground.

Chasing the Milky Way. Taken at Great Basin National Park, Nevada.

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Chasing the Milky Way. Taken at Great Basin National Park, Nevada.

This was my first attempt to shoot the milky way. Somehow managed to get a picture after trying for an hour at Great Basin National Park, Nevada. Will try to get improved and better images in future. Comments on how to improve will be appreciated.

Please view in full screen and use full brightness to observe the details in the picture.

Nikon D610 + 24-120 mm
f4, 30 secs, ISO 500