Great Basin National Park
Size: 77,180 acres
Overview: In the shadow of the towering 13,603 ft. Wheeler Peak, you’ll find a dramatic landscape that is the epitome of majesty. Here, you’ll find the darkest, clearest night skies and the kind of solitude and silence that only nature can bring. Each season comes with new delights.
Winter is graced with gentle dustings of snow on 5,000 year old bristlecone pines and the glinting tracks of mule deer making their annual migration.
In the Spring, along dancing streams of melting snow, life explodes in the vibrant reds, oranges, and pinks of Prickly Pear Cacti and Indian Paintbrush.
Summer brings a whirlwind of activity to the park. Hikers, sunbathers, and fisherman—human and desert creatures alike—frolic in the lovely weather. When night falls in the Summer, visitors come out for the greatest view of the Milky Way in the Continental United States.
Fall in the park welcomes visitors with gorgeous leaves of yellow and gold, cool crisp air, and delicious pine nuts ripe for picking. Come make the journey to Great Basin National Park and experience a kind of vast beauty not found anywhere else in the country. If you get a taste of the desert and find yourself hooked, set up on one of many spacious campsites in the company of Earth’s oldest trees.
Fees, permits, and reservations may apply.