"Great Basin National Park - the least visited park" Great Basin National Park by DJStarr

Great Basin National Park Travel Guide: 34 reviews and 72 photos

Caves, Peaks and Great campgrounds!

While driving east on Hwy 50, we decided to stop at this little know gem of a National Park. It's halfway down Nevada, by the Utah border.
A small park, but HUGE views. At the Visitors Center, they have tours of Lehman Caves, just behind on the hillside. Not as big as Carlsbad Caverns, but a great variety of stalactites, stalagmites, draperies, straw formations, etc. Nice tour, but DON'T GO if your group has a baby or toddlers in it. We had a baby and it proceeded to pitch a fit while deep inside the bowels of the cave. Very nerve-racking!
The campgrounds are really nice. If you have a smaller rig, camper, tent, etc. go up to the top at Wheeler Peak. Very scenic, nice trails, pristine and gorgeous campsites - all terraced with lots of trees and space for privacy. No electric, though. High altitude - 10,000 ft.!
We went late September, and the aspen trees were magnificent!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Few crowds, private & beautiful campsites
  • Cons:A little out of the way!
  • In a nutshell:A little piece of heaven for us mortals
  • Last visit to Great Basin National Park: Sep 2004
  • Intro Written Oct 28, 2004
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  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Aug 19, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    I saw some of the area on TV and thought what does VT have to say. Thanks

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    May 16, 2009 at 8:50 PM

    Cool page of Geat Basin NP. Any chance you have a postcard of this National Park to spare. I am trying to complete my USA National Park collection - left 5 NP :) SL

  • Stephen-KarenConn's Profile Photo
    Jun 26, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    I'll be visiting GBNP in a couple of weeks. Can't wait.

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Dec 29, 2007 at 5:49 PM

    Nice Fall photo of Great Basin NP with Aspens changing color...Thanks for the camping tips.

  • aadil's Profile Photo
    Feb 5, 2005 at 11:56 PM

    Lovely pictures and your sketches are just very pretty too!!! Hope to see more soon!!!

  • Dumpymotel's Profile Photo
    Jan 1, 2005 at 10:57 AM

    A wooden boat festival sounds interesting. They don't make em like that anymore!!! Well actually there is a company or two but they're very expensive.

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