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Great Basin National Park, Nevada

The Majestic Basin and Range…

One of my favorite National Parks – a hidden gem.

From the website:

“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.”

Driving east on the Loneliest Highway through Nevada (which is not so lonely and rather interesting), will lead you to the Great Basin National Park. Having visited numerous National Parks, I’m always surprised at how little press you hear about this amazing jewel. While driving along the highway to the park, I was treated to a huge heard of elk crossing the road. Upon entering the park, you are greeted by 13,000 foot mountain peaks covered with snow. Also keep an eye out for the semi kitschy but kind of cool local art along the fences leading into the park. There are numerous campsites and beautiful aspen trees to enjoy. This particular visit, I decided to drive to the top, which is around 10,000 feet. The parking lot at the end of the road has bristlecone pine trees. It was late May when I visited and the mountains were covered in snow. On the entire drive to the top, I didn’t come across any other cars and this was leading into a holiday weekend! There is something magical and majestic about these mountains towering over the Great Basin below. I can only imagine the stargazing opportunities along the viewpoints leading up to the high mountain parking lot. There is truly something special about this place.

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