Before Great Basin was designated as a national park, there was Lehman Caves National Monument, which is now part of Great Basin National Park. Absalom Lehman, who discovered the limestone cave with its intriguing formations, conducted private tours for hundreds of visitors in the 1880s. You can still tour the caves today.
Lehman Caves may be accessed on the northeastern side of Great Basin National Park. Lehman Caves may only be entered with a guided tour.
Visitor Center hours: Open daily 8:00 to 4:30 Pacific Time, with extended hours in the summer; closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Years Day. Located on NV Hwy. 488, 5.5 miles from Baker, NV, 0.5 miles inside the park boundary. It houses exhibits, two short audiovisual presentations, the Great Basin Association bookstore (775-234-7270), and a gift shop/cafe (775-234-7221). Tours are offered daily year-round except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Tour schedules vary by season.
Admission fees: There are two tours offered, one 60 minutes and one 90 minutes. Adult admission is $8 for the 60 minute tour and $10 for the 90 minute tour; child admission (ages 5-15) is $4 for the 60 minute tour and $5 for the 90 minute tour. Children under 5 are free on the 60 minute tour, but they are not allowed on the 90 minute tour. Tickets are available for purchase in person at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center on arrival. It is recommended that tickets are purchased in advance, particularly in the summer months. They can be purchased by phone at (775) 234-7331 x 242, between the hours of 9:00am to 4:00pm Pacific Time, Monday through Friday.