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Bristlecone Trail, Great Basin National Park

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Bristlecone Trail is located in Great Basin National Park. A visit to Bristlecone Trail represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Great Basin National Park holiday planner to plot your vacation.
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  • This trail is quite rough. There are a lot of rocks, small and large. And there are a lot of roots from the trees. The increase in elevation is around 600 feet per the ranger. But that is over 1.4 mil...  more »
  • This is a beautiful hike to the gnarly old pines and even beyond to the glacier. About a three hour round trip over a well marked trail. There was no snow on the trail up to the bristlecones. There wa...  more »
  • I'll admit. This was a harder and longer hike than I had anticipated and we did not wear the right shoes. Wear sturdy shoes! Plan several (3-4) hours. The brochure says it increases 600 feet but it su...  more »

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Where to stay in Great Basin National Park

Visitors come to Great Basin National Park for isolation and a real wilderness experience, and the accommodation options reflect this. A series of developed campgrounds lie in the northern part of the park, and you can also pitch your tent in the wilderness. If you prefer lodging, the town of Baker on the northeastern border of the park offers a few basic motels and inns. The town of Ely, about 105 km (65 mi) from the park by road, provides numerous casino hotels and chain motels.
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