It can be difficult to stand out in a state so rich in amazing outdoor wonders, but Great Basin National Park does just that. Nevada’s largest national park is filled with fabulous natural treasures, from spectacular alpine lakes to limestone caverns and even a small glacier, yet it has an unusually low number of annual visitors. Visitors to the park in spring or fall can conceivably hike for hours on backcountry trails without seeing another soul. For the outdoorsman looking to get away from it all, Great Basin National Park is the place to be.
The trail traverses Miller Basin and boasts spectacular views of Wheeler Peak, Mt. Moriah and the Schell Creek Range and also takes you through the ghost town of Black Horse, a turn-of-the-century mining camp.
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. Location: Lehman Caves may be accessed on the northeastern side of Great Basin National Park. Lehman Caves may only be entered with a guided tour.
The critically acclaimed, diversity and motorcycle-friendly Silver Jack Inn is open seasonally (closed in winter.) Packages are available and updated often. Guests should visit the ‘Lectrolux Gallery Café & Movie House, offering specialty baked goods and an eclectic beverage list. Adventurous spirits can utilize the Sports Hut to obtain the proper equipment and gear to properly explore the unmatched surroundings of great Basin National Park.
Border Inn is located on the Utah/Nevada border and is a great stop to enjoy 24-hour services, a gas station, groceries, and a comfortable place to stay before the long journey ahead. Enjoy a full menu or play slots, or stay a while and venture to Great Basin National Park, just 13 miles away.