Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park

  US National Parks

Great Basin National Park is the only national park in Nevada. Located in the Humboldt National Forest, its mountainous terrain contain the planet’s oldest living trees, the bristlecone pines. Underground are the Lehman Caves, while up on the ground is Nevada’s only permanent glacier.

Where to Stay When Visiting

There are numerous  campgrounds inside the park. However, if you are looking for an AirBNB or vacation-style lodging, you’ll have to find accommodations outside the park. The small town of Baker, NV is the closest at about 5 miles away, but has very limited options. 

Ely, NV is about 70 miles northwest of the park, and has much more options. There are a couple of great Airbnbs that had the address of Ely, but were about 30 miles closer to the park than the city’s actual center.

Park Details

Great Basin National Park was established on January 24, 1922, and has a total area of 77,180 acres (121 square miles, or 312 square kilometers).

Address Lehman Caves Visitor Center, Baker, NV, 89311
Phone775-234-7331
HoursYear round, 24 hours a day.
Entrance FeeFree
Learn MoreOfficial Website

When to Visit: Weather vs. Peak Visitation

Great Basin National Park is the 197th most visited park in the country.

We crunched 30 years of historical weather and/or park service data to find the best months to visit Great Basin National Park. We looked for the optimal temperatures, the least amount of snow and rain, and stayed away from peak visitation months if we could help it. All this data then helped us paint a picture as to what the absolute best time to visit Great Basin National Park is.

Our data shows the best months to visit Great Basin National Park are September, June, August & May.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Park Visits1,3061,2362,5967,85615,81628,68026,24621,87020,82313,5823,2081,657
Precipitation222934383521281920261718
Avg Temp373948566677848273614738
Max Temp475161707987918883736151
Avg Temp222530334148575547372822
Min Temp7111922263446453423126
Temperature values in °F; Precipitation in Inches

Great Basin National Park Road Trips

Many family vacations consist of stringing one or more national parks together during a week-long trip. Creating these types of trips is our specialty! Here are the road trips we've created where Great Basin National Park is visited.

Trip NameTrip MilesTrip Days
Great Basin to Zion National Park6437

Other Nearby National Park Sites

From national monuments, to historic sites to seashores and more, here are the other parks closest to Great Basin National Park.

NameDistance
Cedar Breaks National Monument120 mi
Zion National Park141 mi
Bryce Canyon National Park146 mi
Timpanogos Cave National Monument166 mi
Pipe Spring National Monument169 mi
Capitol Reef National Park174 mi
Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument194 mi
Golden Spike National Historic Site201 mi
Glen Canyon National Recreation Area203 mi
Lake Mead National Recreation Area209 mi

Nearby Campsites & RV Parks

If you are looking to pitch a tent or park an RV at a campsite near Great Basin National Park, here is a list of the closest campsites in the surrounding area. They all have slightly different amenitites, so its best to check them all out instead of just chosing the first on the list.

NameDetailsMiles Away
Lower Lehman - Great Basin National ParkBaker, NV more 1 miles
Baker Creek - Great Basin National ParkBaker, NV more 2 miles
Upper Lehman - Great Basin National ParkBaker, NV more 2 miles
Wheeler Peak - Great Basin National ParkBaker, NV more 4 miles
Cleve CreekNV more 23 miles
Cave Lake State ParkEly, NV more 28 miles
Berry CreekEly, NV more 33 miles
Ward Charcoal Ovens State ParkEly, NV more 34 miles
Timber CreekEly, NV more 35 miles
Bird Creek Recreation AreaMcGill, NV more 39 miles

Nearest Ski Resorts

For those of you who are the diehard outdoors type, visiting a national park on a ski trip can be quite the adventure. Here are the ski resorts within 100 miles of Great Basin National Park:

NameLocationSummitDifficulty ScoreDistance
Diamond PeakEureka, NV8,540 ft54%94 mi

Nearest Airports

When visiting a National park, many people are faced with either a very long drive across country, or a much shorter flight. For those of you looking to fly into Great Basin National Park, we've listed the closest airports in the area.

Large Airports

A large airport has scheduled major airline service with millions of passengers per year. This type of airport always accepts international flights. Here are the closest large airports to Great Basin National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Salt Lake City International AirportSLCSalt Lake City, UT171 mi
Harry Reid International AirportLASLas Vegas, NV208 mi
Reno–Tahoe International AirportRNOReno, NV299 mi
Lake Havasu City International AirportLHSLake Havasu City, AZ315 mi
Ontario International AirportONTOntario, CA390 mi
Sacramento International AirportSMFSacramento, CA397 mi
Phoenix Sky Harbor International AirportPHXPhoenix, AZ404 mi
Medium Airports

A medium-sized airport has scheduled regional airline service. This type of airport may or may not accept international flights. Here are the closest medium-sized airports to Great Basin National Park.

NameCodeCityDistance
Cedar City Regional AirportCDCCedar City, UT109 mi
Saint George-Southwest Utah International AirportSGUSt George, UT141 mi
Elko Regional AirportEKOElko, NV151 mi
Provo-Utah Lake International AirportPVUProvo, UT157 mi
Ogden Hinckley AirportOGDOgden, UT191 mi
Grand Canyon National Park AirportGCNGrand Canyon - Tusayan, AZ239 mi
Joslin Field Magic Valley Regional AirportTWFTwin Falls, ID240 mi

Credits: Campground data provided by USCampgrounds.info. Map shapes from CartographyVectors. Weather data from MeteoBlue. Airport data from OurAirports.com. Images from Unsplash, Flickr and Parks&Trips. All data has also been updated and augmented by Parks&Trips.