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The Great Basin region consists of wide valley basins separated by about 160 long, parallel mountain ranges. This basin region covers more than 200,000 square miles, as much area as the combined land mass from Maine to Maryland. It is one of the least known and understood areas in the West. The Great Basin appeal has to do with silence and space, with the grand lonesome sweep of the country itself, and with long vistas and clean air.

The Great Basin is a region where exploration and discovery await everyone who enters its boundaries. The best place to begin that exploration, and to uncover the mysteries of the region, is Great Basin National Park.



Within Great Basin National Park, more than 660 species of animal and plant life attest to its biological diversity. Ancient bristlecone pines, one of the world’s oldest living things, survive for more than 4,000 years. Significant geological values include at least 30 caves. The air quality of the park is the best in the continental United States, with visibility often exceeding 120 miles.

Great Basin National Park lies deep within the rugged region of mountain ranges and basins situated between the Rocky Mountains and Sierra Nevada Range. The Southern Snake Range, which acts as the backbone of the Park, provides a natural environment of great beauty.

The landscape plays and replays a single magnificent theme of alternating basin and range – broad basins hung between craggy ranges, from the Wasatch Mountains of Utah to the Sierra Nevada of California, in seemingly endless geographic rhythm.


Great Basin National Park

Imagine a place where hot desert valleys meet mountain ranges with peaks soaring above 13,000 feet. Where prickly pear cactus, sagebrush, aspen, fragile alpine wildflowers and ancient bristlecone pines grow. Where mountains lions, Clark’s nutcrackers, snakes, and jackrabbits roam. Such a place exists, not just in your imagination, but in living color in the Great Basin Region of the western United States. Great Basin National Park, and the larger region it represents, are diverse in both landforms and living things. Ranging in elevation from 5,000 - 13,000 feet, you will find deserts, playas, mountains, rock formations, fossils, springs, caves, creeks, and even a lone glacier.

Come to Great Basin National Park to experience the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Cave. Whether your idea of recreation is a challenging hike, fishing for native trout, talking with a park ranger, checking another bird off your life list, or photographing wildflowers, Great Basin National Park has something for you. The only things you won’t find here are crowds and ringing cell phones!  

For more information and to plan your visit to Great Basin National Park, give us a call at (775) 234-7331 or follow the links on the side bar.