The irony of Great Basin National Park is that it only occupies part of a mountain range and no basin within the Great Basin. I spent three nights there, including one in the backcountry, at elevations between 8,500 and 10,000 feet. My stay there included a tour of Lehman Caves and two hikes to the tree line.
An antique car rusts amid the gray and yellow brush and barbed wire fencing.
Silhouettes of farmers, barns, livestock, and cowboys decorate the beam of a shade shelter against the blue sky.
Long, thin, gray stalactites descent from the cave ceiling.
The cave formations on the wall that look like dripping wax are yellow in the cave lights.
Thin stalactites and column silhouetted against the yellow-illuminated columns and stalactites in the background.
Two parachute-shaped formations in the yellow cave lights.
Squid-tentacle like cave formation complete with slimy cold texture.
Jagged gray mountains, blue skies, white clouds, and green fir trees.
Rocky beach around a greenish-blue lake set among gray mountains and fir trees.
Gray and brown rocks in clear, shallow water.
Stella Lake, fir trees on the slope, and gray Wheeler Peak beyond.
Close-up of two purple asters with yellow centers growing out the gravel.
Small blue lake with a rocky beach set among green firs on the slope.
Thick twisted tree trunk with no bark, vertically striped with brown, white, and black.
Dark orange cluster of pine needles among green pine trees.
Close-up of green, pipecleaner-shaped cluster of pine needles.
Close-up of a small blue pine cone with sharp spikes, nestled among green pine needles at the tip of the bough.
Barkless, leafless bristlecone pine against the marbled blue-and-white mountain sky.
A gnarled barkless stump with numerous twisted branches persists on the mountainside.
A rocky mountain brook is partly shaded by green conifers.
Boulders along the shore of a shallow mountain lake set in the eroded mountainside and lined with fir trees.
Boulders litter the grassy alpine mountainside. Some small conifers, too. Gray cliffs in the background are under white clouds and blue skies.
Tall fir trees on the left have curved trunks. They stand opposite the mountainside and the tallas pile of boulders. Round white clouds are clustered in part of the blue sky.
A brown mule deer grazes in the alpine mountainside strewn with boulders.
Hundreds of tree trunks stacked like firewood in the valley.
Close-up of spiky-petaled red flowers with slender green stems.
A cluster of aspen trees backlight by the morning sun. The white park has a golden glow.
A hairy red and black bee feeds on a yellow goldenrod flower.
Whitish plants, brown grasses, yellow flowers, and a bushes in a variety of greens.
Light pink flowers.
A mountain meadow in green, brown, orange, and yellow in a stadium of dark green fir trees.