From the 13,063-foot summit of Wheeler Peak to the sage-covered foothills, a stunning diversity of the larger Great Basin region unfolds. Enjoy the solitude of the wilderness, walk among ancient bristlecone pines, bask in the darkest of night skies, and explore mysterious subterranean passages. There’s a lot more than desert!
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Great Basin National Park, originally protected as Lehman Caves National Monument in 1922, was established in 1986. The park spans 77,180 acres and contains a wide variety of landscapes, including caves, meadows, forests, and mountains. Park visitors can explore and appreciate Wheeler Peak, a part of the Snake Range and the second-tallest peak in Nevada, with a summit at 13,063 feet. Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive invites visitors to enjoy a paved 12-mile path through several different ecological zones while gaining 4,000 feet in elevation. Lehman Caves, another stunning park feature, is actually a single cavern filled with unique cave formations. Descendants of the Shoshone, Paiute, and Ute tribes today trace their ancestry back to the Great Basin and think of it as home.
Stories from Great Basin
Kids in Parks
National parks are places where kids can dream up great adventures! Taking in amazing scenery. Testing out new skills. Exploring places kids may have only heard about. But most importantly, creating new memories with friends and family.
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Our public lands are our public commons. They belong to all of us as part of our natural and cultural heritage. They remind us of a larger world that has existed long before the arrival of humans and will survive long after we are gone. –Terry Tempest Williams, Author & Conservationist
Bring the Parks Home
When you can’t get to a national park for a visit, experience it from the comfort of your home. WNPA’s online store is packed with ranger-approved park collectibles, books, toys, and clothing. Shop for a special item.