Great Basin National Park is beautiful piece of Nevada. With ancient bristlecone forests, Lehman caves, Wheeler Peak, lakes, dark skies and more, there is so much to see, do and learn!
Wheeler Peak is the tallest whole mountain in Nevada, although it's not the highest point in Nevada. Nevada's highest point goes to Boundary Peak which is located across the state in the White Mountains, but it's considered a sub-peak of a much taller peak, Montgomery Peak, which is located just over the border in California.
Great Basin National Park was designated as a National Park in 1986 with the Great Basin National Park Act.
Congress established Yellowstone National Park in 1872 which began a worldwide national park movement. Since 1872, the United States National Park System has grown from that single, public park and now covers over 450 natural, historical, recreational, and cultural areas. These areas include a diverse varieties of areas including National Parks, National Monuments, National Memorials, National Military Parks, National Historic Sites, National Parkways, National Recreation Areas, National Seashores, National Scenic Riverways, National Scenic Trails, among others.
September 30, 2017 is National Public Lands Day. To celebrate this we are going to share images of public lands from our archives every day in September.
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The Basin and Range Project
We love the Basin and Range region and work to promote appreciation and respect for the area. We encourage all users to learn about, play in and protect this amazing resource.
We currently focus primarily on issues in the Nevada region of the Basin and Range, but are looking to expand soon.
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