Great Basin National Park Area

Great Basin National Park is located in a remote area on the Utah/Nevada border. It is close to the small town of Baker, NV, which offers limited services including gasoline, motels, restaurants and groceries.

This area is sparsely populated. It is common to drive 100 miles or more between gas stations.

Places to See

Other Caves
Lehman Caves is a prime attraction, but it is not the only cave located in this area. Numerous smaller, less famous caves can be found nearby. Caving is inherently dangerous and visitors are discouraged from exploring these caves on their own.

People interested in caving are encouraged to join a "grotto" associated with the National Speleological Society (a not-for-profit group). Grottos are located in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and other communities. (See

Utah's West Desert
Highway 6 between the towns of Delta, UT, and Baker, NV, has been described as the "loneliest road in America." It cuts across Great Basin desert - mile after mile of uninhabited open space. The scenery is unusual and starkly beautiful. Solitude is the rule here.

This area is known as the "West Desert" and it offers outstanding recreational opportunities. Here you will find countless miles of hiking and horseback trails, along with some ATV routes.

Notch Peak, a towering precipice, offers impressive views of the area.

Herds of wild mustang horses roam this area and are occasionally seen by visitors.

Things To Do

Some technical climbing routes are found in the park. They are considered hazardous because of the nature of the rock and the fact that they are located in remote areas. Deadly rockfalls may occur during any season. Bolts and other fixed anchors are prohibited.

Several small streams and lakes are found in Great Basin National Park and they are home to various species of trout (including native cutthroat trout). Fishing is allowed and is subject to Nevada regulations. Anglers age 12 and over are required to have a Nevada fishing license.

Much of the park is remote, with wilderness qualities, and is inhabited by native animals including mule deer, elk, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, bobcats, coyotes, eagles, hawks, various rodents and dozens of other birds, mammals and reptiles.

Wildflowers are common in the park at all elevations, from the low desert to the alpine peaks. Many people come to view flowers, which are prolific in the high meadows during late June and July.

Pine nuts grow on pinyon trees at mid-elevations in the park. The nuts are edible and many people come to gather them. Permits are not needed and there are no fees for gathering nuts for personal, non-commercial use.

Nearest Airports

The nearest airport is located in Cedar City, Utah, 142 miles away.

Major airports are found in Salt Lake City, Utah (234 miles) and Las Vegas, Nevada (286 miles).

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