Great Basin

Great Basin Fast Facts

  • Great Basin National Park covers a total area of 77,180 acres
  • The number of people visiting Great Basin in 2016 was 144,846 *
  • Great Basin was made a national park on October 27, 1986
  • The lowest elevation found in Great Basin is 6,195 feet at Snake Creek
  • The highest elevation found in Great Basin is 13,063 feet on Wheeler Peak
  • There is no entrance fee for Great Basin National Park
  • Great Basin National Park lies in the Pacific time zone
  • We last visited Great Basin National Park in July 2008
* Complete annual visitation stats can be found at Great Basin Visitation Statistics

Random Facts About Great Basin

  • On January 24, 1922, the Lehman Caves area was first protected as Lehman Caves National Monument. Much later, on October 27, 1986, the monument was greatly expanded to include the surrounding mountains and redesignated Great Basin National Park.
  • The larger Great Basin ecosystem is a 200,000 square mile area that drains inward. All precipitation in this region evaporates, sinks underground, or flows into lakes. No water reaches the ocean.
  • Great Basin National Park has some of the darkest night skies in the United States. The very remote location and resulting low light pollution makes it a premier stargazing area.

Where is Great Basin National Park?

Great Basin National Park is located in an extremely remote area of eastern Nevada, not far from the Utah state line. The tiny town of Baker is just outside the main entrance to the park, but there are few services available. The nearest city of any size is Ely, Nevada, about a 90 minute drive away. Further directions and maps can be found at Getting to Great Basin.


Main Entrance
(39.01025151953706, -114.20772475074045)

More About Great Basin

We have pages on all sorts of things about Great Basin National Park. Choose from the menu above the map, or from right here. We have sections on Weather, Getting to the Park, Camping, and a page to buy Books. You could also check out the park’s Photo Gallery.