Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park by Arlene Waller via Shutterstock.

Great Basin National Park, in Nevada, is highlighted by the Lehman Caves and the ancient bristlecone pines. It offers a diverse range of desert, mountain, and nocturnal landscapes.

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Fast Facts

State(s): Nevada
Area: 77,180 acres (312.3 sq km) – 43rd largest national park of 63
Highest Elevation: Wheeler Peak – 13,063 ft (3,981.60 m)
Lowest Elevation: Snake Creek – 6,195 ft (1,888.24 m)
Date Established: October 27, 1986
Annual Visitors: 142,115 visitors in 2022
Nearest Town: White Pine County, Nevada

Recommended Day Hikes

Park Tracker considers a “day hike” to be a hike under 10 miles. Below we provide our top five recommendations inside the park, along with AllTrails links to the hikes.

  1. Bristlecone Trail (2.8 mi, Easy) – Takes you through ancient bristlecone pine forests, some of the oldest trees in the world, with views of the surrounding peaks​​.
  2. Serviceberry Loop (3 mi, Easy) – A scenic hike through aspen groves to meadows offering panoramic views of the park​​.
  3. Bald Mountain (3 mi, Moderate) – Offers an easier summit option with spectacular views of Wheeler Peak​​.
  4. Bristlecone & Glacier Trail (4.6 mi, Moderate) – An extension of the Bristlecone Trail leading to the foot of Wheeler Peak Glacier, offering a variety of landscapes​​.
  5. Lexington Arch Trail (5.4 mi, Moderate) – A unique hike to a rare limestone arch formation, offering secluded and super cool views​​.

🧗🏻‍♂️ Popular Activities in Great Basin National Park

Great Basin is about more than just hiking. See below for some of the best non-hiking activities to do in Great Basin National Park.

  1. Exploring Lehman Caves on guided tours
  2. Stargazing in this Dark Sky Park
  3. Fishing in the park’s mountain lakes
  4. Attending ranger-led astronomy programs
  5. Snowshoeing in winter months

🛎️ Where to Stay Near Great Basin National Park

While there are ample camping and vacation rental options near most US national parks, I personally highly prefer staying at Hilton-branded properties when traveling to national parks. As such, below are the five closest Hilton properties to Great Basin National Park.

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🍔 What to Eat Near Great Basin National Park

After hiking and exploring Great Basin National Park, odds are high you’re going to be hungry. Here are five of the best restaurant options within and near the park.

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