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Too Many Choices in Nevada Camping Activities at Great Basin National Park



Great Basin National Park is located in central eastern Nevada near the border of Utah. Established in 1986, there's a lot to do - from Wheeler Peak, which is the second highest peak in Nevada, to the Lehman Caves deep below the ground. There are ancient groves of bristlecone pines, creeks and lakes for swimming and fishing, over 60 miles of hiking trails, roads excellent for auto tours, and many opportunities for wild life viewing, bird watching, wild flower viewing, and star gazing. The diverse lands and opportunities for adventure make it a terrific Nevada camping destination!

To locate Woodall’s approved Nevada camping spots, visit Nevada campgrounds.

The park's elevation varies by 8,000 feet, making the weather as diverse as the land. When spring hits, the lower region might see a hot day while there is still snow higher up. Wild flowers begin blooming and much of the wild life returns. Summers tend to be warm, although afternoon thunderstorms are common. It starts to cool down in fall, and snow is common at the higher elevation. Winter brings solitude and silence to the park, blanketing the higher elevations in snow and driving much of the park’s animals into hibernation or migration into lower elevations. There is no entrance fee to enter the park, although a per person charge exists for cave tours. Great Basin National Park is open year round, although some areas do close or become inaccessible during winter.

Great Basin National Park has a lot to offer any camper during any season, from beautiful mountains waiting to be hiked and deep caves waiting to be explored, to wonderful opportunities to view wildlife and clear dark night skies perfect for star gazing. Spring brings emerging wildlife and budding flowers while winter covers the ground with snow perfect for skiing and snowshoeing. Regardless of the time of year that you visit Great Basin National Park, Lehman Caves is an attraction you must see. Open year round, the caves are only accessible while on a guided tour. There are two tours offered daily. One is through the Lodge Room. It takes 60 minutes to explore and the entrance fee costs $8 for adults, $4 for children 5-15, and children 4 and under are free. The Grand Palace tours, takes 90 minutes and children 4 and under are not permitted. The fee for this cave is $10 for adults and $5 for children 5-15. Special candlelight tours are offered Friday-Sunday Memorial Day through Labor Day. This tour allows you to explore the caves the way the first settlers did, strictly by candlelight. While reservations are recommended for the regular cave tours, they are required for a candlelight tour. With so many activities to choose from and so many places and things to see, Great Basin National Park is a terrific Nevada camping spot.

To find Woodall's approved Nevada camping sites, visit Nevada campgrounds.

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