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Great Basin National Park, Baker

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Great Basin National Park is an American national park located in White Pine County in east-central Nevada, near the Utah border, established in 1986. The park is most commonly entered by way of Nevada State Route 488, which is connected to U.S. Routes 6 and 50 by Nevada State Route 487 via the small town of Baker, the closest settlement.

The park derives its name from the Great Basin, the dry and mountainous region between the Sierra Nevada and the Wasatch Mountains. Topographically, this area is known as the Basin and Range Province. The park is located about 290 miles (470 km) north of Las Vegas and protects 77,180 acres (31,230 ha).
The park is notable for its groves of ancient bristlecone pines, the oldest known nonclonal organisms, and for the Lehman Caves at the base of 13,063-foot (3,982 m) Wheeler Peak, as well as Wheeler Peak Glacier.

President Warren G. Harding created Lehman Caves National Monument by presidential proclamation on January 24, 1922. The monument and its surroundings was designated a national park on October 27, 1986, following the advocacy of Congressman Harry Reid.
A number of developed campsites are within the park, as well as backcountry camping opportunities. The Highland Ridge Wilderness lies adjacent to Great Basin National Park. These two protected areas provide contiguous wildlife habitat and protection to 227.8 square miles (590.0 km2) of eastern Nevada's basin lands.
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  • The park is absolutely beautiful, and the rangers were very friendly. It is a bit of drive to the visitor center, & the park overall is out of the way, but it is beautiful. 
    The park is absolutely beautiful, and the rangers were very friendly. It is a bit of drive to the visitor center, & the park overall is out of the way, but it is beautiful.  more »
  • All staff we encountered was great; thank you for your service. The cave tour was outstanding. Unfortunately, the park outside of Lehman Cave is....underwhelming. I am not clear why this is a... 
    All staff we encountered was great; thank you for your service. The cave tour was outstanding. Unfortunately, the park outside of Lehman Cave is....underwhelming. I am not clear why this is a...  more »
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  • Frozen solid in December. Beautiful but only 3 miles of the road was open off season. Call ahead for accessibility. Its a long drive to get there.
  • Cool park out in Nevada. Upper area needs to wait for thaw but then it is alpine glory with some of the oldest trees on the planet, alpine lakes, peaks to bag, and cool caves - both tours and permits for caving.

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