Photo: Great Basin National Park, Ridge North of Lexington Creek (Some rights reserved)
Updating news and key links to Great Basin National Park located in northern Nevada. In 2022 the Lehman Caves celebrates its 100th anniversary as a protected area. Webinars hosted by Great Basin National Park Foundation take place the first Wednesday of the month.
Lehman Caves Tours
- The distance between Ely and Baker, Nevada is 62 miles / 100 kilometers
Scattered across the basin and southwest USA, Bristlecone pines are among the oldest living species, some living as long as 5,000 years. The pine needles belonging to the trees can live for 40 years.
Located near Ely and the Utah border, the park was established in 1986. In 1922, President Warren Harding designated Lehman Caves as a national monument, land that would become the basis for the park.
Wikipedia: The Great Basin is the largest area of contiguous endorheic watersheds in North America. It spans nearly all of Nevada, much of Oregon and Utah, and portions of California, Idaho, and Wyoming. It is noted for both its arid climate and the basin and range topography that varies from the North American low point at Badwater Basin to the highest point of the contiguous United States, less than 100 miles (160 km) away at the summit of Mount Whitney. The region spans several physiographic divisions, biomes/ecoregions, and deserts.
From Great Basin National Park with information taken from Newe: a western Shoshone history by the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada: The Great Basin has been inhabited for hundreds of years. Before settlers moved through the area, the Newe (also known as Western Shoshone) lived a migratory life dictated by the seasons. They would move from place to place, using pre-built dwellings, taking advantage of the available resources. Their summer dwellings were called hekikahni (literally shade house), and their winter homes provided extra insulation. During the winter, as the people ate the food they had stored over the previous year, the Newe would often tell folk tales to entertain one another. These stories were important, as their allegorical nature would allow elders to teach each new generation the values the Newe cherished.
At @GreatBasinNPS, that peak on the left could have a new, less controversial name soon.
Great Basin National Park