The Natonal Park Service has announced their planned spring events for the Great Basin National Park.

Astronomy programs resume Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center starting April 5.  On April 14 at 10 p.m. park rangers will have multiple high-powered telescopes trained on the moon during the phases of the total lunar eclipse. The park recomends star gazers bring a jacket and a comfortable chair or blanket to watch “this exciting event in one of the darkest places on Earth.”

The Lehman Caves Gift and Café park concession will open for the season on April 18. as well as the Great Basin Visitor Center in Baker.

During the first two days of National Park Week, April 19 and 20, the park’s Western National Parks Association bookstores, located within the Great Basin and Lehman Caves Visitor Centers, will have a 15% off sale.

Lower Lehman Creek Campground with 11 sites, and no water due to seasonal freezing temperatures, is open year round. The opening of Upper Lehman Creek Campground and Baker Creek Campground are weather dependent. The Wheeler Peak Campground opening is coordinated with the opening of the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. Currently the Scenic Drive is scheduled to be cleared of snow no later than June 15.

Strawberry Creek and Snake Creek roads may see temporary closures during spring melt.  These measures are taken to preserve roadbed, protect resources and prevent damage to the roads and vehicles

The Lehman Caves Visitor Center resumed daily operation at the beginning of March.  Grand Palace tours are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. and the Lodge Room tours begin at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

To learn more about the tours or any of the other events , call Great Basin National Park’s Chief of Interpretation Betsy Duncan-Clark at  775.234.7517.

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