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“A great park and you will avoid the crowds”

Great Basin National Park
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Baker
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Certainly not the crowd exposure of Grand Canyon or Zion - and this park gives great hikes, great information at the VC, and exposure to fauna and ancient flora. From high desert to alpine lakes - this place gives one a great experience including great camping and 4WD roads.

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"bristlecone pines"
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"wheeler peak"
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"cave tour"
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"lehman caves"
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"scenic drive"
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"visitor centers"
in 16 reviews
"high altitude"
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"dark sky"
in 7 reviews
"nature trail"
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"old trees"
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"high desert"
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"fall colors"
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"visitor's center"
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"great hiking"
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"short hike"
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"well worth the trip"
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"breathtaking views"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited in April so we were unable to drive up Wheeler Peak. Rest of park is nice with some nice hikes . Park is off the beaten path. Not a long list of things to do.

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Reviewed May 12, 2018

If you want some solitary time, this is the place to be. Hours of travel on "The Loneliest Highway in America" to even arrive in Baker NV. The vistas are magnificent, or hike for miles with no one else on the trail, or take a cave tour to experience a total darkness not seen outside of caves.

There are almost no places to refuel either your body or your vehicle so plan ahead.
(I only marked in down because there is very little accurate info available about the hiking from online or park services. Lots of 'forge your own way' in this park. See my other reviews of hikes within the park)

Thank Kvltz
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Reviewed May 10, 2018

The day we were here it was too hot to leave the dogs in the vehicle and tour the caves. Being April the roads to Wheeler peak were still closed. Bummer! But went through the visitor's center finding it very informative and the staff knowledgeable and friendly. This is on my bucket list from what I've seen so far

Thank AZboyinWI
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Reviewed May 6, 2018

OK, in all fairness, this park isn't for everyone. The cave system is excellent and worth the tour. It's right at the upper visitor's center so it's an easy drive in - drive out stop.

The real magic is everywhere else. Drive up to Wheeler Peak Campground and hike a couple miles to the bristlecone pine grove. Some of those trees are over 3000 years old. There are two other stands of them in the park. Currently you have to bushwhack to them, though I think they are building a trail to the Mt. Washington stand. There are pictographs and unmapped cavern systems all over the park. There are alpine lakes, antelope and incredible views; but you really need to leave the car behind, put on a pack and explore to appreciate it. There are the stars, of course. And there is the silence. Take a moment to listen to nothing but birds and wind.

My wife and I came here 30 years ago and fell in love with the place. We came back many times; our last trip was in 1998 until this month. We still love it.

4  Thank Jonathan P
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