great-basin

  • Eastern Nevada
  • Established October 27, 1986
  • 120 square miles

The world’s largest living trees abide in the Great Basin National Park. They’re called bristlecone pines, and some of them were alive when the pharaohs ruled Egypt. Before it was cut down in 1964, a tree named Prometheus lived for nearly 5,000 years. Bristlecone survivors grow at altitudes between 9,000 and 11,500 feet and continue to live even after most of their trunks and branches die. They can, and do, sustain themselves on tiny amounts of water.

The bristlecone pines aren’t the only reason to spend some space and time at Great Basin. There are also the marble pills in the Lehman Caves, and the bats and other fragile life in the same caves; there are the high and rough mountains, one of which is the highest mountain that is entirely in Nevada; and the Great Basin itself, full of salty lakes. The Great Basin is a geological oddity because none of its water drains to an ocean. Instead, it evaporates, soaks into the ground, or joins the area’s salty lakes. This is also the place on the continent that is slowly breaking in two; geologists predict that eventually the continent will split here and what are salty lakes now will someday again be salty ocean.

National Parks Revealed can help make your journey to the Great Basin National Park an extra-special experience. We will put together an itinerary that will give you as much time as you want in the park, complete with whatever activities might suit your fancy. There are short and long hikes, caving, fishing, climbing, and even horseback riding. We recommend combining a visit to the Great Basin with trips to other national parks in the region. And, as always, we will arrange for you to stay in luxurious accommodations in the area!