Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park lies deep within the rugged region of mountain ranges and basins situated between the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada. The Southern Snake Range acts as the backbone of the Park, providing a natural environment of great beauty.

In Great Basin National Park, there exists more than 660 species of animal and plant life. You can find ancient bristlecone pine trees, the world’s oldest living tree species, surviving for more than 4,000 years.

 
Bristlecone Pine Tree Ranger Minute
 
What is the secret to these ancient trees? Join a park ranger as they deliver you into the world of the oldest life on Earth.
 
(4 minutes, 5 seconds)
Caves

Great Basin National Park contains over 40 known caves filled with unusual cave life and interesting features, but only two caves are open to the public. Join a park ranger for a 60 or 90 minute tour of Lehman Cave, reservations are required. Learn more about Lehman Caves by watching the park's orientation video.

Trail Access

Ranging in elevation from 5,000 - 13,000 feet, with deserts, playas, mountains, rock formations, fossils, springs, caves, creeks, and even a lone glacier, Great Basin National Park has over 60 miles of trails to explore.

Astronomy Ranger Minute

 

Did you know that Great Basin National Park is an International Dark Sky Park? Half the park is after dark at Great Basin. Be sure to check out Great Basin National Park’s astronomy programs.

(3 minutes, 47 seconds)