Chimani Ambassador Post: Kim Howard on Great Basin National Park.
Great Basin National Park was established October 27, 1986, and is located in White Pine County in east-central Nevada, near the Utah border. It is about a 4.5-hour drive north of Las Vegas, but well worth the drive. The scenic route was just as breath-taking as the park.
The Ranchers along the stretch of the highway have added some “Gate Art” to see on your drive into the park. It is great for laughs and sets the tone for the day you will have once inside the small but amazing park.
The park does not charge an entry fee at this time. There is a fee to visit the Lehman Caves. The $10.00 fee we paid for the historical humorous underground tour was priceless.
Park Ranger Elizabeth Grounds, tells a tall tale of how Ab Lehman found the caves and takes you on a journey full of Nevada history in the dark tunnels. It is advisable to make a reservation as the tour groups are limited in size. Bring a jacket, shoes you do not mind getting wet, and above all else your camera. The sights are ones that you will want to remember.
There are many trails to find, each with a bit of history of Nevada and the miners. You will have to watch the time of year that you go. This area is prone to heavy snowfalls and many of the trails and roads are closed from September to May. The park is small enough that you can see almost all of it in one day but wondrous enough that you will want to make a second trip to see the sights in a different season.
Great Basin National Park is just a small park tucked away near Wheeler Peak, the highest point in the high desert terrain of Nevada. If you are looking to find a great get away from the city, this is the place for you. Even Waldo loves to visit this park.