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
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 http://www.caves.org/info/member.shtml.)
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
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 AirportsThe 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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