Great Basin National Park sits near Baker, Nevada
in United States. Great Basin National Park covers an area of
77,180 acres (31,230 ha). It was established in 1986, located
in the eastern center of Nevada near the border with Utah. Its name
comes from the Great Basin, dry and mountainous region between the
Sierra Nevada and the Wasatch mountains. It is known for its ancient
pine groves, and for the Lehman Caverns at the base of Wheeler Peak.
The caves were protected since January 24, 1922 (Lehman Caves
National Monument) and were incorporated into the park when it was
created in 1986. The park is in an arid region and receives very
little rainfall during most of the year.
Great Basin National Park includes 61 species of
mammals: marmots, chipmunks, pronghorns, mule deer, pumas, lynx,
coyotes, foxes, American badgers. There are 238 species of birds, 18
reptiles, 2 amphibians and 8 fish.
Fees and permits
Open - Daily, year round, from 8AM to 4:30PM
Pacific Time. Extended hours in the summer. Closed - Thanksgiving
Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
Great Basin National
Park has no entrance fee. Cave tour fees vary depending on length of
tour. 60-minute tours cost Adult/Child $8.00/$4.00 while the
90-minute tours cost $10/$5. Golden Age/Golden Access card holders
pay child rates. Camping fees are $12 for developed campgrounds per
night/per site. $6 for Golden Age/Golden Access card holders.
Primitive campgrounds have no fee.