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Great Basin National Park - Nevada

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Mar 10, 2013 22:17 |  #1

Has anyone been to this park in late March? I'll be in the area in three weeks and have a day or two to maybe travel up to the park. A lot of this park is in higher elevations so I'm curious if it's worth several hours of driving to reach.

Is this park worth it if some of the higher elevation roads are off-limits? Mainly looking to take photos and hike for a bit.​photos/22321151@N02/ (external link)

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Mar 11, 2013 12:09 |  #2

You need to call the park to verify, but I suspect the Lehman Caves are open. That is one of the major attractions. The other ting I enjoyed was driving to the top of the road and walking around to see the streams and meadows. That road could be closed due to snow, I just don't know. The hike to the top of Mt Wheeler was more than I wanted.

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Mar 14, 2013 11:21 as a reply to  @ sparker1's post |  #3

I've been thinking about heading to Great Basin soon, March or April, but the more reading I've done on the park, it seems that they have pretty long winters and a lot of roads will be shut down up until late May. Early June seems like the best time to visit. If you're in the area though, and won't be back soon, I wouldn't hesitate stopping by to see the park at any point in the year.

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Mar 14, 2013 11:35 |  #4

The caves are most likely open - everything else will still be closed because of snow. We were there last year in May and could not hike up to Wheeler's peak or even visit the Bristlecone Forest. We hiked the small lakes but almost got lost because there was so much snow that you could not follow any trail. Having said that, last year's snow mass was the largest they had in a long time - this year could be different but I doubt that March is a good time for hiking in the park. Call the rangers before you decide to go.

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