Great Basin National Park reopens

GreatBasin1-ranCourtesy of the National Park Service

Baker, Nevada-Great Basin National Park reopens to visitors today. Visitors can access public areas and roads immediately while facilities and other public services are brought back on-line. Great Basin National Park has been closed since October 1, 2013 due to the government shutdown.

“We are excited to reopen and welcome visitors back to the park,” stated park superintendent Steven Mietz. “The impact of closing the park has been tough on local businesses, visitors and park partners.  The staff at Great Basin National Park is back to work today and is committed to getting the park back to full operation as soon as possible.”

The Great Basin Visitor Center located in Baker, Nevada is open daily 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. through Sunday November 3, 2013. The center includes exhibits, information desk, a Western National Park Association bookstore, the park film, and 24-hour access to public restrooms and a pay phone.

The Lehman Caves Visitor Center, located at the entrance to Lehman Caves in the park, is open daily 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The center includes exhibits, information desk, Interagency Recreation Pass sales, Lehman Caves tour ticket sales, a Western National Parks Association bookstore, pay phone and 24-hour access to public restrooms. There are four tours of Lehman Caves scheduled daily. The Grand Palace tours start at 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.  The Lodge Room tours start at 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Advance tickets can be purchased from one to 30 days prior to the tour by calling 775.234.7517. Phone orders are taken 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Lehman Caves Gift Store and Café has closed for the season.

Join Dark Rangers for an astronomy presentation and stargazing through telescopes this Saturday night October 19 and next Saturday, October 26 at 6:00 p.m. at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center.  Bring a jacket and camp chair for comfort.

The Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive was plowed open this morning to the Osceola Ditch. Snow removal above Osceola Ditch will continue as conditions allow.  Check with the park for the current road status as high altitude roads conditions are subject to change rapidly. Snake Creek, Baker Creek and Strawberry Creek roads are now open.

The following camping facilities remain open without water: on Strawberry Creek, the Strawberry Creek campsites; on the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, Lower Lehman Campground and the lower loop of the Upper Lehman Creek Campground; and on the Baker Creek Road, Loop A of the Grey Cliffs Campground. Fees apply at Lower Lehman Creek, Upper Lehman Creek and Grey Cliffs.  There is no charge for camping at the campsites in Strawberry Creek.

To learn more about Great Basin National Park, visit www.nps.gov/grba or call (775) 234-7331.

Comments

  1. There was no reason to close the parks in the first place. In the previous 17 shutdowns, this never happened before. Obama was merely punishing the public as much as he could.

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