Great Basin National Park
100 Great Basin National Park
Baker, Nevada 89311
At Great Basin National Park you can see a small glacier and visit the longest living plants on earth, bristlecone pines, some 5,000 years old. At the only national park completely contained within Nevada, you can take easy, moderate, and strenuous hikes, climb, fish, camp, and picnic.
How to get there:
The nearest airport is located in Cedar City, Utah, 142 miles away. Major airports are found in Salt Lake City, Utah (234 miles) and Las Vegas, Nevada (286 miles).
From the east or west: From U.S. Highway 6 & 50, turn south on Nevada State Highway 487 and travel 5 miles to Baker, NV. In Baker turn west on Highway 488 and travel 5 miles to the park.
From the south (Utah): Travel north on Utah State Highway 21 through Milford, UT and Garrison, UT, which will become Nevada State Highway 487 as you cross the border. Turn west on Highway 488 in Baker and travel 5 miles to the park.
From the south (Nevada): Travel north on U.S. Highway 93 (Great Basin Highway). At the junction of U.S. Highway 6 & 50 drive east to Nevada State Highway 487 and turn south. Travel 5 miles to Baker, NV. In Baker turn west on Highway 488 and travel 5 miles to the park.
Hours: Open daily, year round, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Pacific Time. Extended hours in the summer. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day.
Great Basin National Park has no entrance fee. There are permits required and admission charges for certain activities in the park.
There is almost an 8,000 ft (2,400 m) difference in elevation between Wheeler Peak and the valley floor. Weather conditions in the park vary with elevation. In late spring and early summer, days in the valley may be hot, yet the snowpack may not have melted in the higher elevations. The Great Basin is a desert, with low relative humidity and sharp drops in temperature at night. In the summer, fierce afternoon thunderstorms are common. It can snow any time of the year at high elevations.
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