Located on over 77,000 acres of some of the most beautiful lands in the Southwest United States lies Great Basin National Park. This jewel of Eastern Nevada is in the desert but is based among the beautiful mountain ranges and forests you would hardly be able to tell. The park has something for everyone with cave exploration, wildlife, hiking and so much more. Founded in 1986, Great Basin National Park is one of the newer parks in the National Park Service. Those that love natural history will have so much to do, they won’t know where to begin!
Tour the Caves
Great Basin National Park is home to the Lehman Caves that date back more than 550 million years! These are limestone caves and there are tours available for those that want to experience this natural wonder. While there is a small fee to take this amazing tour, it is at a very low cost. There are a number of tour options and it’s an opportunity to experience some of the most beautiful mineral formations on earth.
Enjoy Amazing Astronomy
Now a designated International Dark Sky Park, Great Basin National Park offers some of the best astronomy programs in the country. Being an International Dark Sky Park means that the sky is extremely clear and dark, offering a spectacular view of the stars you can’t just see anywhere. You can see multiple planets in our solar system, satellites, and even another galaxy when the sky is clear. The park offers a number of free astronomy events throughout the year as well. On September 26 – 28 the annual Great Basin Astronomy Festival is held in the park. This amazing event features evening as well as daytime astronomy. There’s even a solar telescope where you can observe the sun without damaging your eyes. The festival features many other special events and kids can even earn their “Deep Space Certificate.”
Great Places to Eat and Sleep
Nearby Baker, Nevada is just a few miles from the park and offers a variety of options for a great meal. Before a day at the park, stop by the Magic Bean Coffee cart for a coffee and some quick and tasty breakfast items. The Great Basin Cafe also offers travelers with a number of delicious dishes including some a pretty great selection of barbeque. If you’re looking for a place to stay with a little character and Southwest charm, look no further than the Hidden Canyon Retreat in Baker. Other places like the Stargazer Inn and Kerouac’s Restaurant also in Baker also offer great local charm and fine dining options.