Great Basin National Park is one of the most remote and least visited national parks in the country. The park encompasses 77,180 acres in the 22,000 acre Great Basin region, composed of many large and small basins that span most of Nevada and parts of Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon and California. Visit Great Basin to experience the beauty of the desert, the impeccable views of 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak and surrounding valley, and hike through sagebrush and ancient forests.
Tour the beautifully carved Lehman caves, view panoramas on the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive and explore the Bristle Cone Pint Trail to get a glimpse of the world's oldest living organisms. Great Basin National Park offers over 60 miles of developed hiking trails. You can purchase trail maps through the Western National Parks Association bookstores in both of the park's visitor centers.
Day hikers are asked to sign in at trailhead registers. Although permits are not required for backcountry camping, registration is free and encouraged. Registering will provide rescuers with important information should an emergency occur. Please be sure to stop at a visitor center or call (775) 234-7510 for current information on hiking trail conditions and routes.
Great Basin National Park has five developed campgrounds with vault toilets, picnic tables, tent pads, and campfire grills. Please note that here are no hookups. Each campsite is limited to eight people, three tents, and two vehicles. Primitive campgrounds can be found along Snake Creek and Strawberry Creek roads. Almost all park camping is on a first-come, first-served basis, but reservations can be made for some sites at the Grey Cliffs Campground from the end of May to the end of September. All camping reservations are now handled by Recreation.gov.
Great Basin National Park is one of the few parks in the U.S. that does not charge an entrance fee. However, there is a per-person fee charged for all visitors on cave tours. Camping fees also apply.
Be prepared for changes in weather. Weather can change drastically with elevation, and it can snow anytime of the year.
The National Parks Service Sky Team found that Great Basin's skies are among the darkest in the country. Find a cozy spot to enjoy Great Basin's incredible stargazing opportunities.