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Great Basin National Park is a United States National Park located in White Pine County in east-central Nevada, near the Utah border. The park was established in 1986. It is most commonly accessed by way of Nevada State Route 488, which is connected to U.S. Routes 6 and 50 by Nevada State Route 487 via the small town of Baker, the closest settlement to the park. The park derives its name from the Great Basin, the dry and mountainous region between the Sierra Nevada and the Wasatch Mountains. Topographically, this area is known as the Basin and Range Province. The park is located approximately 290 miles (470 km) north of Las Vegas and protects 77,180 acres (31,230 ha). The park is notable for its groves of ancient bristlecone pines, the oldest known non-clonal organisms; and for the Lehman Caves at the base of 13,063-foot (3,982 m) Wheeler Peak. The peak is also home to Wheeler Peak Glacier, which despite claims is much further north than Mount Everest and the Himalaya glaciers, so is not the southernmost glacier in the northern hemisphere. President Warren G. Harding created Lehman Caves National Monument by presidential proclamation on January 24, 1922. It was designated a national park on October 27, 1986. There are a number of developed campsites within the park, as well as excellent back country camping opportunities. Adjacent to Great Basin National Park lies the Highland Ridge Wilderness. These two protected areas provide contiguous wildlife habitat and protection to 227.8 square miles (590.0 km2) of eastern Nevada's basin lands.

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Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park sits 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. The story of the Great Basin is not just one of geology and landforms, but also of people. This region has been home to American Indians for thousands of years. In more recent times, farmers and ranchers, Mormons and sheepherders, all called the Great Basin home.Within Great Basin National Park, a representive piece of this massive region, stories of people and of places abound. Humans have left their mark here, too; from the Fremont Indians, who lived in Snake Valley, to Absalom Lehman, discoverer of Lehman Caves, to the mining camps that at one time dotted the South Snake Range. Remnants of former times are abundant. They are worthy of preservation as much as any natural feature, as they are invaluable links to the past. The Great Basin Visitor Center is located on Nevada State Route 487 in the town of Baker. The Lehman Caves Visitor Center is located on Nevada State Route 488. It is 5.5 miles (8.9 km) from Baker, Nevada, 0.5 miles (0.80 km) inside the park boundary. Both centers feature exhibits about the park's geology, natural and cultural history, as well as theaters with orientation films

Campgrounds and RV Parks near Great Basin National Park

Baker Creek Campground

Stargaze in the Nevada wilderness

Baker Creek Campground is situated right next to Baker Creek and contains 34 campsites, 2 of which are wheelchair accessible. The elevation is 7,530 ft. Water is available during the summer months. There is a tent pad, picnic table and fire ring at each site. A few vault toilets are located within the campground. Elevation: 7,530 feet (2,295 meters) Location: On Baker Creek Road, 3 miles from the Lehman Caves Visitor Center Baker Creek Campground contains 17 campsites, one of which is wheelchair accessible. Water is available.

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Border Inn Casino

just across the border from Utah gambling

For those traveling East to West, almost as immediately as you notice the Welcome to Nevada sign, you'll be greeted with the first signs of civilization since somewhere around the middle of Utah...the Border Inn. It's an RV Park, they've got rooms, so yes, it's got your accommodations. But it's a casino, a bar, and smoking is allowed. Compared to the harsher-than-most-states laws of Utah, you're immediately aware that you're in Nevada - one of the most lenient states when it comes to, well, whatever you'd like. Meet the locals, drink cheap beer and play all the pool and do all the gambling your heart desires, just remember...if you run out of money this far out, you are truly in the middle of nowhere.

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