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Great Basin

Great Basin National Park is the least visited of the national parks in the lower 48 states, for no other reason than its remoteness. If you want to really get away, this is the place for you! It has an unmatched lack of light and air pollution, meaning the stars at night are a sight to behold. Below is sample itinerary, all items flexible:
Day 1, 8 AM - Leave Salt Lake City
11 AM - Drive by Notch Peak, the second tallest pure-vertical-drop cliff in North America.
12:30 PM - Arrive in Baker, NV for lunch at the Border Inn
2 PM - Arrive at Great Basin after lunch. After a brief look around the visitor center, a discussion of the local geology, and a quick hike on a nearby trail, we take a tour of Lehman Cave, the park's main attraction. 60 or 90 minute tours are available.
5 PM - Make plans for the night... either camp or motel. Dinner afterward, either at camp or at one of the restaurants in Baker.
8 PM - Catch a fireside talk from a ranger (topics vary), then spend some time looking at stars. Sleep follows.
Day 2, 8 AM - Meet for breakfast, then drive the Wheeler Scenic Loop.
9 AM - Hike the less than 3 mile Bristlecone Pine loop and see the oldest living organisms on earth, Bristlecone Pines. If there is time and energy, we will extend the hike (5 miles total) to the Wheeler Peak Glacier, Nevada's only glacier.
12 PM - End the hike and head toward Baker, NV for lunch.
1 PM - On the way back to Salt Lake, take a quick stop at the Baker Archeological Site.
5 PM - Arrive back in SLC.

Notch Peak with the moon

SLC to Baker, NV

Trip - 1 to 3 days
Drive - about 4 hours, one way.

Other things to do:
-Wheeler Peak summit (9 mile hike round trip)
-Lexington Arch (4 mile hike, 50 mile drive round trip)
-Fish Springs National Wildlife Refuge
-Topaz Mountain (topaz collecting)
-U-Dig Fossils (trilobite collecting for fee)


Wheeler Peak in snow
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