The Caves of Great Basin National Park

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Great Basin National Park: The Entrance sign.

After leaving Zion in the afternoon I headed west out of Utah and into Nevada.  The roads are wide open two laners and go through some spectacular scenery.  I avoided the divided highways and was still able to travel along at a comfortable 70 miles per hour on these backcountry highways.  I am using Great Basin National Park as a stopover spot along my way home and don't plan on spending all that much time here.

Great Basin National Park turned out to be not all that long of a drive from Zion maybe 4 hours or so.  I get there a few hours before sunset so I need to start looking for my campsite soon.  The weather here is a lot cooler than I have been used to on the rest of my trip.  I even find a few small patches of snow still in the campground as I am looking for my camp spot.

Great Basin National Park: Hiking along Lehman Creek trail.
  The weather is looking a little grey too with the chance of a shower.  But it doesn't do all that much to me when I am here.

The next morning I take a little bit of a hike up the Lehman Creek trail to see what it is like here.  It offers some interesting trees and some nice yellow flowers along the way.  It is a long trail that leads far up into the mountains and I am just going for a morning hike.  But the trail is interesting to see the diferent vegetation (and coldness) than I have not been used to.

I stop by the visitor center and learn that one of the major attractions of the Park is a cave tour of Lehman cave.  Sinse the weather is not all that good I decide that is a good thing to try.  I am not expecting all that much but the tour turns out to be very interesting and impressive.

Great Basin National Park: Hiking along Lehman Creek trail.
  There are lots of stalactite formations, shield formations and collumns in the cave.  The tour is guided and the guide gives lots of info.  I really enjoy the tour.

After that I head up to see if I can get a view of Wheeler peak along the road that leads to the top.  It is June and it has been a big snow year so I end up finding the road closed half way up.  It was nice seeing the scenery along the way though.

Well it is time to start heading my way back home.  It has been a nice trip through Utah.  One that I will never forget with all the nice scenery.

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