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Great Basin National Park

A serene U.S. park in Nevada featuring ancient bristlecone pines, Lehman Caves, and the majestic Wheeler Peak.

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Great Basin National Park, located off the Loneliest Road in America, is a stunning and unique destination that's definitely worth a visit. The park is home to the Lehman Caves, a spectacular underground cavern system with a variety of intricate formations and unique wildlife. Visitors can explore the caves on guided tours, which offer a fascinating glimpse into the park's geology and history. The park is also a great spot for hiking, with trails ranging from easy nature walks to strenuous backcountry treks. Visitors can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, and may even spot wildlife such as bighorn sheep, marmots, and mountain lions. At night, the park offers some of the darkest skies in the country, making it a popular spot for stargazing and astronomy. Nearby, visitors can explore the historic towns of Ely and Baker or visit the Ward Charcoal Ovens State Park. Overall, Great Basin National Park is a must-see destination for anyone traveling the Loneliest Road in America.

chiefseeker 1 year ago

Small but stunning, the Great Basin National Park and the ridges of the South Snake Mountains dash across the eastern edge of Utah with their twisted bristlecone pines and wild sage and juniper. The reserve runs from the crests of Wheeler Peak to the ancient tunnel systems of the Lehman Cave, which are a whopping 550 million years old! Unlike its compadres in the Wasatch and the Rockies, this one rarely gets crowded. So, hit one of the 12 managed hiking trails and get ready to go off-track with bobcats and bald eagles.

jrfrancis 3 years ago

An official International Dark Sky Park since 2016, the Great Basin is a doozy of a stargazing hotspot. It’s got some of the lowest ambient light pollution in the country, so you can often spy the whole Milky Way and even the Andromeda Galaxy!

jrfrancis 3 years ago

It is almost impossible to not find an excellent stargazing spot at this dark-sky-approved national park. Great Basin National Park has a variety of altitudes all within reach of a crystal clear night sky that is optimum for taking in a starry display. On a clear summer night, witness the Milky Way that is visible from the sprawling park grounds

seeker 3 years ago

An incredible spot to set up camp, the night sky views at Great Basin National park are unbeatable. Explore the great unknown under a cool covering of midnight blue and twinkling stars, and enjoy one of the most rejuvenating camping experiences you have had in a long time.

seeker 2 years ago

The Great Basin National Park in Nevada is known for the beautiful Lehman Caves which visitors can thoroughly explore, serenely dark skies to stargaze beneath, and sprawling parks to set up your tent in.

seeker 3 years ago

Camping, hiking, caving, ancient trees, desert and high elevation

lwithrow 3 years ago

Great Basin National Park Guides

  • Map of National Parks in the US

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    The US boasts an impressive 63 national parks, each with its own distinct character, awe inspiring views and countless ways to connect with nature. The parks are managed by the National Park Service which offers an annual pass for access to all 63 parks throughout the year for one flat price. Let's explore.
  • National Parks To Visit After Dark

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    Whether it's getting lost in our shimmering galaxy or witnessing the beauty of bioluminescence, these parks offer some incredible nighttime experiences that will have you packing up your camping bag for an adventure. Who said the fun had to stop when the sun sets? This summer consider these parks for a mesmerizing nighttime experience cloaked in the night sky, beneath sparkling stars, and munching on a toasty marshmallow or two.
  • The Loneliest Road in America

    chiefseeker (Jody Vandergriff)
    If you are a fan of long and serene drives, then the Nevada portion of Route 50 is the perfect destination. Known as the "Loneliest Road in America," this 287-mile stretch of road offers a unique and unforgettable road trip experience. The road may be long and barren, but it boasts some stunning natural beauty and historic landmarks, including ghost towns and mining communities that are frozen in time. Be cautious while embarking on this journey and ensure to fill the tank at every gas station along the way, as you never know when the next one will appear. Welcome to the Loneliest Road in America!
  • Best National Parks for Stargazing

    seeker (Seeker Editors)
    Witness the extravagance of a dark sky filled to the brim with sparkling stars. From desert landscapes to sandy shores- these national parks share the protected night sky in common. This list includes designated "Dark-sky" destinations that display clear views of the milky way in the summertime, and misty hues of green aurora borealis during the frosty winter. Experience firsthand the magic of our universe in the form of endless twinkling lights and planets at our favorite stargazing spots across North America.
  • National Parks Visited

    lwithrow (Lindsay Withrow)
    50 and counting!