By: Blake S.

This park is in the shadow of a 13,063-feet Peak. This park has 5,000 year old bristlecone pine trees that grow on rocky glacial moraines. If you go here you definitely want to bring your hiking boots. There is one place at Great Basin you want to go to and that is Wheeler Peak.

Location, Size and Distance

This park is located in the Sierra, Nevada region.It is 77,180 acres. It is 1339.32 miles from Oskaloosa, IA.

Park Hours

The park is open all year round.The Great Basin National Park opens at 8:00 a.m. The parks visitor center opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at 4:30 p.m.

Summer(May-September) 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Fall(October) 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Wheeler Peak

Winter (November-March) 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.
Spring(April) 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.


Winter you definitely need to dress very, very warmly. Spring it is pretty hot so bring shorts and bottled water if you are going hiking. Summer the high is around 85 and the low is around 55, so bring shorts and water. Fall bring a jacket cause it is a littlechilly and look at the trees.


Great Basin desert

This park became a national park in 1986 by president Ronald Regan. This park has been home to Indians for thousands of years. There are also mining camps at Great Basin Park. Abasola Lehman discovered the Lehman Caves, the Fremont Indians lived in Snake Valley.
In recent times farmers, sheepherders, rangers all call the Great Basin home.


Migrating Raptors travel south from the breeding grounds that are north of Great Basin National Park. They have a Great Bain hydrographic 200,0000 square miles. At the park there are 11 species of confer trees. It gets less than ten inches of rain each ye
ar. There are 411 diffe
rent plant species despite the lack of moisture.
Bristlecone pine tree

Things to See

You can go see the Lehman Caves at the park. You could go see the bristlecone pine trees. You can also go see the the Great Basin waterfall. You can go see the Lehman arch.

Things to Do

You can explore the Lehman Caves. You can enjoy fishing on the Lehman or Baker creek. You can look at ancient rock art in the Pictograph Cave.
Auto touring
Bird watching



Horseback Riding


Pine nut gathering

Wild flower viewing

WInter touring