About the Park
Great Basin National Park is located five miles west of Baker, Nevada, approximately ten miles from US 6-50 near the Nevada-Utah border on more than 77,000 acres. Driving distance: from Salt Lake City, 234 miles; from Las Vegas, 240 miles; from Reno, 385 miles. The closest international airports are in Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.
The Park was established in 1986 and derives its name from the area’s unusual drainage. Streams and rivers unable to find an outlet to the sea form shallow salt lakes, marshes and mud flats, from which the water then evaporates.
On a clear night in Great Basin National Park, thousands of stars, five of our solar system's eight planets, star clusters, meteors, man-made satellites, the Andromeda Galaxy, and the Milky Way can be seen with the naked eye. The area boasts some of the darkest night skies left in the United States. Low humidity and minimal light pollution, combined with high elevation, create a unique window to the universe
Great Basin is home to 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, abundant wildlife
and many limestone caverns, including the famous Lehman Caves.
Many of the parks attractions include:
- Night Sky Astronomy
- Cave tours
- Interpretive walks and talks
- Scenic drive
- Audiovisual programs
- Wildlife and bird watching
- Cross-country skiing
- Climbing and spelunking
For more general information on Great Basin, visit www.nps.gov/grba
or telephone (775) 234-7331.