Great Basin National Park
Climate, Geography, Maps
Climate, Geography, Map
Park Map Northern Section
Great Basin National Park comprises 120 square miles (77,100 acres) in an isolated area of the north-central Great Basin Desert. It includes much of the South Snake Range, a superb example of a metamorphic core complex. Represented within the Park are at least 14,000 feet of marine sedimentary rocks ranging in age from Cambrian through Pennsylvanian.
This is a fairly arid region. Most precipitation is received as snow or during summer thunderstorms. Winters are cool and summers are mild. Be prepared for changes in weather. Lehman Caves is 50 degrees F, 90% humidity year round; a jacket and suitable walking shoes are recommended. The roads above 8000 feet a usually closed in the winter because of snow. The park Visitor Center and Lehman Caves are open all year.
The main park entrance is five miles west of Baker, Nevada along Utah Route 488, near the Nevada-Utah border. Air, bus and train service are unavailable because of the isolation of this national park. The nearest cities are Ely, NV, 70 miles to the west and Delta, UT, 100 miles to the east.
Go to Lehman Caves
Great Basin National Park
SEARCH THIS SITE
Virginia City video
Virginia City, Nevada, is the largest federally designated Historical District in America. It is maintained in its original condition, as it was in the boom days of the 1870s, when the Comstock Lode made it the West's premier mining metropolis, with a population of 30,000. Today you can visit underground mines, historic saloons, stately mansions open to the public, and old cemeteries. Take a quick ride around town with DesertUSA in this video!
Lake Mead video - Houseboating & Viewing Hoover Dam DesertUSA rented a houseboat to explore the western part of Lake Mead. Our first stop was the Hoover Dam off the Boulder Basin. Without Hoover Dam, Lake Mead wouldn't exist today. Come along with DesertUSA staff as they explore Lake Mead and check out Hoover Dam. Take a look at the cove where we camped, and the Bighorn Sheep encounter we had there!
Red Rock Canyon, NV video
Red Rock Canyon is less then an hour's drive west of Las Vegas and has many significant geologic features. The area is a good place to kick back and just enjoy nature's wonders. Take a look at the many interesting features of this Nevada State Park - it just might lure you away from the blackjack tables when you visit Las Vegas!
Click here to see current desert temperatures!
DesertUSA is a comprehensive resource about the North American deserts and Southwest destinations. Learn about desert biomes while you discover how desert plants and animals learn to adapt to the harsh desert environment. Find travel information about national parks, state parks, BLM land, and Southwest cities and towns located in or near the desert regions of the United States. Access maps and information about the Sonoran Desert, Mojave Desert, Great Basin Desert, and Chihuahuan Desert.