The Majestic Basin and Range…
In the shadow of 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, 5,000 year old bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines. Come to Great Basin National Park to experience the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Caves. Far from a wasteland, the Great Basin is a diverse region that awaits your discovery.
History & Culture
The story of the Great Basin is not just one of geology and land forms, but also of people. This region has been home to American Indians for thousands of years. In more recent times, farmers and ranchers, Mormons and sheepherders, all called the Great Basin home.
Within Great Basin National Park, a representative piece of this massive region, stories of people and of places abound. Humans have left their mark here, too; from the Fremont Indians, who lived in Snake Valley, to Absalom Lehman, discoverer of Lehman Caves, to the mining camps that at one time dotted the South Snake Range. Remnants of former times are abundant. They are worthy of preservation as much as any natural feature, as they are invaluable links to the past.
Great Basin National Park Historic Resource Study
The single most comprehensive document on the cultural history of the area within and surrounding Great Basin National Park is the Great Basin National Park Historic Resource Study, completed in 1990. This Study contains information on the area from prehistory, exploration, and Native American occupation, to mining, ranching, and the creation of Great Basin National Park in 1986.
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Cathedral Gorge State Park (40 min)
Cathedral Gorge is located in a long, narrow valley where erosion has carved dramatic and unique patterns in the soft bentonite clay. Trails abound for exploring the cave-like formations and cathedral-like spires. Miller Point, a scenic overlook just north of the park, offers excellent views of the scenic canyon.
Mount Moriah Wilderness Area (1 hour)
The United States Congress designated the Mt. Moriah Wilderness in 1989 and it now has a total of 88,636 acres. All of this wilderness is located in Nevada and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Forest Service
Sulphur Wild Horse Management Area (1 hour)
In the mountain peaks and sloping lowlands of western Utah roams a nationally recognized herd of wild horses with a Utah heritage much older than most of ours. These horses draw their bloodlines from the old Spanish Type, the Colonial Spanish Horse, the first horses brought to America by the Spanish Explorers in the late 1500s.
Ward Charcoal Ovens (1 hour)
Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park is located in the Egan Mountain Range approximately 18 miles south of Ely, Nevada. This beautiful park is mostly known for its six beehive-shaped historic charcoal ovens; however, the park offers an array of recreational opportunities.
Frontier Homestead State Park Museum (2.75 hours)
Travel through time with the Frontier Homestead’s massive collection of horse-drawn vehicles. Imagine yourself as a stagecoach driver or a pioneer crossing the plains in a covered wagon. Experience life on the frontier with interactive displays and exhibits.