Great Basin National Park, Baker
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Great Basin National Park is located in Baker. Plan to see Great Basin National Park and other attractions that appeal to you using our Baker holiday planner.
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Worthwhile destination in this remote location. The park has many habitats in its borders, including creeks, forests, wildlife, trails and caves. Only the caves carry a fee. IMPORTANT: when driving up... read more »
Since retirement, we have visited more than 30 national parks, and this visit to Great Basin is in the top 5. We were there for a fall hike through an Aspen grove where the leaves were so golden that ... read more »
We stopped by for a quick visit on our way from Ely to our home in Utah. We didn't do the cave tour or any hikes, just the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. It's a beautiful drive and we left wanting to come... read more »
Here's a park that's beautiful, remote and not crowded. We visited in November, which limited our options as to where we could drive. We were able to hike up Pole Canyon trail and back down. When asking about this trail, the ranger said he had a mountain lion cross his path not too long ago. I kept this information from my wife, and we headed up. There turned out to be a few feet of snow we were unprepared for, but we trudged through and made it up and back. On the path we saw a huge flock of turkeys and what looked like large cat prints in the dirt. There seemed to be plenty to eat, so I wouldn't doubt that the cougars are doing well here. Great Basin is a great place to really feel exposed and alone in nature.
Great Basin National Park is fantastic. It may be off the beaten path of major highways and interstates, but it is worth the drive. There is a lot to do here, and to really accomplish most of the things, you would have to stay in the area for several days. The Lehman Caves are awesome. The tour is really nice, and there are two options for people who don't have a lot of time. The shield formations and turnip formations inside are spectacular. Wheeler's peak is beautiful, and you can still see Nevada's glacier. It is small, but visible. If you feel adventurous, you can hike to the Bristlecone Pine forest and see these majestic trees from 1000's of years ago. It is a 4 mile hike round trip. Wheeler's Peak Campsite is the most beautiful with tones of spruce and aspen trees, deer grazing the area, and a tranquil stream. Baker Creek Campsite is also beautiful with the creek going through the campsite. You can see animals like marmot's, wild turkeys, and deer. The most impressive part of the park is at night when you can see the milky way and so many stars. I highly recommend camping here, it is worth it. The camping prices are great, only $12 dollars. They have potable water. Make you next trip to Great Basin National Park.
Loved it. An amazing place. Lots of beautiful views the higher up you go. You have to go to Lehman caves. Great price awesome Place kids will love it.
A great pace to visit. The night sky is awesome, although the moon kind of messed it up. Hiking to the bristlecone grove was awesome, there are incredibly old trees there! The camping was okay, although there was a dead rattlesnake in my camp. I called the rangers and asked them to remove it, but no one came the four days I was there. It stank and brought swarms of flies and gnats, which kind of ruined the experience.
The Great Basin National Park is definitely in the top 5 parks in the nation! (In my opinion). Nevada isn't really known for this type of terrain, what I mean by that is, its typically regarded as a desolate desert with nothing but sand and sagebrush and thats simply not true. The beauty you get to experience in Great Basin is amazing. The views are astounding, and believe me there are tons of great viewpoints all over, with all the trails that encompass this vast national park. Plus the whole place is full of wildlife. Im a Nevada native and I was so surprised when I visited, I just camped in a tent and it was great. Nice and peacfull with tons of activities, from hiking to mountain biking, and rock climbing. I havent even mentiond the Caverns yet!!! You have to go on the tour of the Lehman Caves. Its so awesome to see the giant network of caverns right beneath your feet. This is certainly a beautiful and wild place that is unforgettable and that really lets you appreciate Nevadas grace and America's beauty.
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