Great Basin National Park Locator Map

Fast Facts

Total Area
77,180 acres
Annual Visitation
94,850 in 2012 (view all years)
Creation Date
October 27, 1986
Entrance Fee
Time Zone
Lowest Elevation
6,195 feet at Snake Creek
Highest Elevation
13,063 feet on Wheeler Peak
Lowest Average Temp
18F in January
Record Low Temp
-26F in 1989
Highest Average Temp
86F in July
Record High Temp
108F in 1981
Our Last Visit
July 2008

Park Contact Information

Great Basin National Park
100 Great Basin NP, Baker, NV 89311
Info at (775) 234-7331
Fax to (775) 234-7269

Park Creation Timeline

On January 24, 1922, the Lehman Caves area is first protected as Lehman Caves National Monument.
On October 27, 1986, the monument is greatly expanded to include the surrounding mountains and redesignated Great Basin National Park.

Animals and Plants

Large mammals include mule deer, pronghorn, elk, bighorn sheep, mountain lions, coyotes, and bobcats. Smaller mammals include golden marmots, badgers, jackrabbits, and several varieties of bat.
The park has several types of snakes, including racer, night, gopher, and Western rattlesnake. There are many lizards as well, such as collared, desert horned, short horned, western fence, western skin, and the Great Basin whiptail.
The park has been named an Important Bird Area by the Audubon Society. The NPS has prepared a detailed species list.
Plant life varies greatly by elevation. The lower elevations have Rocky Mountain and Utah juniper and pinyon pine. The higher elevations have a variety of fir, spruce, and pine. The highest dwelling trees are the rare and extremely long lived bristlecone pine.

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