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Cave Lake

Despite the name, there is are no caves that one can see at the lake. This lake is a very small hidden desert treasure. There is a lakeside campground with few campsites that fill up very quickly. There is also BLM land 20 minutes from the lake where you camp disperse camp for free.

There are toilets, and showers available at the campsite. Dogs, fishing, and boats are allowed. Along the backside of the lake are the best spots if your looking to let your dog off of the leash to play in the water, or be secluded in the soft grass and shade of the bushes.

This is a nice family spot to spend the weekend. It gets very crowded very fast so be sure to leave early if you want to stay at one of the lakeside campgrounds. All roads are paved.

Great Secluded Spot out in the Boonies!

This is one of my favorite spots to camp out in the west desert!  Marjum Canyon lies just north of Sawtooth Mountain and the enormous cliff of Notch Peak which rises out of the valley floor 2000' feet!  Within Marjum Canyon itself there are also numerous single and multi-pitch climbing routes There are a couple of small pull-offs of the main canyon road that leads to very primitive campsites and even a hobbit hole that was walled in by a hermit that lived in the area for 20 years!  There are no amenities here so bring all the water you need and haul out all of your trash.  There is also no cell service out here so bring a spare tire, let someone know where you're going, and have an emergency beacon just in case!

Spacious

As the connotation infers these sites are large and clean. Paved parking, dedicated tent sites, picnic tables, fire rings and bbq. Clean, well maintained pit toilets. Set in a well treed area with a creek on either side of the loop. A few pull through spots and a few tent only spots makes a well rounded campground. The stars are amazing!Lehman Cave as well as Wheeler Peak are just minutes away. Hikers rejoice. We volunteered for a project on Public Lands Day and also squeezed in some pine nut harvesting. At $23 a pound who wouldn’t? The weather was iffy for our first time here. Rain, wind and snow with a few sunny breaks. We would definitely come back, but maybe a little earlier in the year next time. FYI, this park seems to always be needing camp hosts. Hint, hint.

Amazing Facility

Sites are situated near the creek and no matter which one your at the bathroom is just a short walk away. Even though it’s a pit toilet the bathrooms are cleaner and smell better than some of the flushable toilet bathrooms in other National Park Campgrounds. This is my fourth time staying at Great Basin and I have loved all the times. Highly recommend site 3.

Spacious, clean, quiet by a creek.

All sites are first come-first served (no reservations). But given the remoteness of the park, there were open sites all week.  Most sites are separated by trees, creating a back-country feel (as opposed to a crowded Nat'l Park).  There is a nice creek along one side, enhancing the camping experience.  The whole site is spacious.  The picnic tables are smooth concrete, not splintered wood.  The tent area is flat and level.  The bathroom vaults are the cleanest I've ever encountered.  Overall, the perfect setting for a great week.

Nice but still hot

First off, all the facilities were super clean. Showers were cold and the area doesn't have much shade. They also no longer have a firewood pile to take from so make sure you bring your own. It's a nice distance between Comins Lake and Cave Lake. Handicap spot was concrete and helped my son traverse around the campsite.

Baker creek, June, 2019

We loved this park, Great Basin National Park and all the hikes were amazing. The campground was beautiful but our particular campsite #5 was not the best. The place to set up our tent was very small and sloping down. It was so windy that our tent would have blown away had we not tied it to the tree. No showers, no flush toilets, but clean. Picnic table and fire ring were good.

Who knew...

Beautiful National Park that I’m glad I finally took the time to stay at. Got the last spot on a Tuesday, perfect pull through next to the creek. Which by the way was awesome to sleep and listen to. The stars are amazing. Nice peaceful Camp ground plenty of privacy. Clean vault toilets and water that had a boil warning. Unfortunately snow prevented us from seeing the Bristlecone Pines-they asked us not to hike without proper footing. Just another reason to return. Out of the way destination but well worth it.

Great free spot.

Was passing through planning on camping at Great Basin but I wasn’t to hip on spending the $15. Got a recommendation from the local store clerk to check out the Sac Pass Rec area and I’m glad I did!

Pulled in around 9pm so it was dark but looking around in the car wasn’t bad. Their are around 7-8 camp sites around the pond with covered patio, table fire pit and grill. You can follow the road back into the BLM land even further for camping and lots of activities.

I have Verizon and their was No service, also I didn’t use the bathroom there st the park but their is one near the entrance and lots of trash sites. The place was very clean and felt safe and kept up.

Better than expected

I was apprehensive after reading reviews for this campground about how unlevel the sites were. We travel and sleep in our 17 foot van without leveling blocks so we need a level site. Yes, some were not level (but many of those were tent sites) but we found many that were just fine! Site 1 was very level (and could accommodate a large RV). Probably the cleanest pit toilets I have ever seen! Many sites had lots of privacy between them. We were there at the end of April so many roads and hiking trails were not yet open so we toured Lehman Caves which I highly recommend (reserve ahead of time at Recreation.gov). All tours were booked for a Monday in April (when we booked day before, there were still plenty of openings). Limited or no cell service.

Better than expected

I was apprehensive after reading reviews for this campground about how unlevel the sites were. We travel and sleep in our 17 foot van without leveling blocks so we need a level site. Yes, some were not level (but many of those were tent sites) but we found many that were just fine! Site 1 was very level (and could accommodate a large RV). Probably the cleanest pit toilets I have ever seen! Many sites had lots of privacy between them. We were there at the end of April so many roads and hiking trails were not yet open so we toured Lehman Caves which I highly recommend (reserve ahead of time at Recreation.gov). All tours were booked for a Monday in April (when we booked day before, there were still plenty of openings). Limited or no cell service.

Up Up Upper Lehman...keep on climbing!

Sitting at about 7750 feet within Great Basin National Park, this small campground offers glorious views of the surrounding mountains. Each site has 1-2 huge picnic tables, fire pit and grill, and many have tent pads. The campground is well-maintained and the pit toilets are kept stocked and immaculately clean. We visited in late April and the water in the campground was not yet turned on for the season (though there is an active stream running through the campground, so you can filter water). The Lehman Caves Visitor Center also has drinking water available.

One issue to note is that most of parking pads are not very level (to help with snow melt) in the upper campground, so it made it quite challenging to level our little camper -- probably the most challenging over the past 6.5 years! But, we got it leveled and had plenty of sun for our solar panel in site 10. Lots of trees between sites offer a good deal of privacy, too.

Because of the big winter in 2019, the scenic road was not yet open, so we walked up it for a few miles to enjoy some long range views of the desert valley (Great Basin) below. The road is an 8% grade, so be ready to expand those lungs at 8000 feet! We also went on a challenging snowshoe hike up the Lehman Creek trail, which starts right from the campground.  The jewel of this park during the off/shoulder season is Lehman Cave, with fun ranger-led tours starting right from the visitor center.

This park is truly in the middle of nowhere, with almost no development (yay!!) close to the entrance. What that means is that you need to come prepared with groceries and supplies as not much is available in the tiny hamlet of Baker, which is about 6 miles from the campground. There is a tiny café by the Visitor Center if you need it, too.

Campsites are first-come, first-served and you can use a credit card or cash to make your payment. Not much service in the park as a whole, but we could get a call out if need be.

Caves, Glacier, and Deserts...Oh My!

Sitting at about 7300 feet within Great Basin National Park, this small campground offers glorious views of the valley below. Each site has a huge picnic table, fire pit and grill, and many have tent pads. The campground is well-maintained and the pit toilets are kept stocked and immaculately clean. We visited in late April and the water in the campground was not yet turned on for the season (though there is an active stream running through the campground, so you can filter water). The Lehman Caves Visitor Center also has drinking water available. Lots of trees between sites offer a good deal of privacy, too.

Because of the big winter in 2019, the scenic road was not yet open, so we walked up it for a few miles to enjoy some long range views of the desert valley (Great Basin) below.  The road is an 8% grade, so be ready to expand those lungs at 8000 feet! We also went on a challenging snowshoe hike up the Lehman Creek trail, which starts right from the upper campground.  The jewel of this park during the off/shoulder season is Lehman Cave, with fun ranger-led tours starting right from the visitor center.

This park is truly in the middle of nowhere, with almost no development (yay!!) close to the entrance. What that means is that you need to come prepared with groceries and supplies as not much is available in the tiny hamlet of Baker, which is about 6 miles from the campground.

Campsites are first-come, first-served and you can use a credit card or cash to make your payment. Note: This lower campground fills up fast during busy weekends because the sites are good and level for RV's.

QUITE CALM RELAXING

What a wonderful place kinda of a mom and pops spot great location from the park

Chuck and Jen were wonderful we hung out at the bar and had a great time will stay again and again

Beautiful

Breathtaking location with a lot of wildlife and space between campgrounds

Not sure where you’d camp

Awesome spot to stop and walk around, has a drop toilet and parking. It’s down a graded dirt road, but I didn’t see any designated camping sites.

Close to town of ELY and very affordable, nice & helpful owners.

It is right along US-93 N. We stayed 13 weeks in February--May 2018 (spouse is a Travel Nurse) They offer long term stays as well as daily travelers stopping for the evening. I believe the daily rate was around $35.00 and the monthly rate was $300. + electric. They have full hookups and also have a shower house with laundry & propane fill ups. Staff is very nice & helpfull. Best place to eat RACKSBar and Grill there is a nice grocery store Ridleys. Las Vegas is 4 hours south and UTAH boarder is close. BEST Coffee Espresso is Flower Basket & Espresso Depot

Close to hunting

Fun riding for rzr and close to Beautiful Cave lake. Not much going on at koa thou

Rocky but roomy campground

This is a campground within Great Basin National Park. It is reservation only, which is why we picked it, but there are several other campgrounds within the park. I believe the others are first come, first served. We found that the sites were pretty private and not on top of each other at all. The cliffs here are very pretty and are a nice backdrop. Grey Cliffs is a tent only area and each site has a fire ring with a grill and a picnic table. There is no running water, vault toilets and trash cans put here and there. We have a tent that needs to be staked-this was a problem there. The ground is so rocky it became very difficult to drive a spike into the ground far enough to work and not bend them. Do not bring a large tent, the pads are small. It wasn’t terrible once we were set up, and the price is right. If we were to come back to the park we’d try to either camp at Baker or Wheeler Peak, up the road a ways.

Close to world class trilobites and the 2nd tallest cliff in N America!

Home to one of the biggest cliffs in North America and you've probably never heard of it. Notch Peak is just to the south of the campground. And has ~2000' of vertical rise and lies 4000' above the surrounding valley. Theres some good climbing in the canyon but there is room for plenty of development.

The coolest thing about this area is the hermit cave a little further back in the side canyon where the gps dot is. A hermit lived here for 20 years and according to my geology teacher would clear debris off the old highway and sometimes block it when he wanted company Haha. Just make sure to bring a gps locator or satellite phone because no one gets service out here, oh and lots of water!

Campsite Mansion

We ended up going to this campsite since the wildfire directed us away from strawberry creek and it was incredible. We had a stream running next to us, a picnic table and plenty of room to back a truck in. There were trees to hang hammocks with views through the valley. There are trails running off from the campground so no driving is necessary

Solitude at its Finest and Beautiful Views of Wheeler Peak & the Night Sky

Quietest campground Ive ever been .. Friendly and likeminded campers. Only one downfall is that alot sites are not level but dont let that detour you. Cleanest pit toliets ever. Great Basin National Park is a great place for solitude, hiking, touring Lehman Cave, and stargazing. We spent 3 nights camped at 10,000 ft with lows in the 40s and fall colors starting to pop!

Upper Lehman

Out of the way and many opportunities for isolated reflection. Beautiful location next to a creek. The National Park staff does a great job and better taken care of than the National Forest Campsites in White Pine County.

Lots of spaces, lots of choices.

You have a lot to pick from, no reservations required. Tent, camper, or walk in, all are welcomed. Water is available during the summer, restrooms are ok, trash can through out. Plenty of privacy in your space, all for 15 per night and no national park entrance.

Plenty of hiking spots and a cave to explore. Cafe and gift shop not far away.

Great national park to visit, not very busy but very beautiful.

Best spot outside Ely

Cave Lake State Park offers outstanding recreational opportunities year-round. Stocked with rainbow trout and home to German brown trout, the 32-acre reservoir provides outstanding fishing and boating. Other summer activities include swimming, hiking, camping and mountain biking. Once winter arrives, guests of the park can enjoy ice fishing, skating, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. The park is also home to abundant and diverse wildlife.

The campsites are very nice and offer views of the lake, be aware of mice….don't leave any food out!

Star gazing here is incredible as there is no light pollutin…sit back and watch the wheel in the sky turn - Milky way baby!

Good camping in an underrated..

Good camping in an under rated (nobody talks about it) National Park. Whether you're there to see the bristlecone pines, or Lehman Caves, this is a good spot to be!

Cozy campground with turkeys

Very nice campground with ample wild life to keep you entertained, turkeys roaming through camp, roosting in trees, and yellow bellied marmots eating the road for it's salt content.

Don't forget to go to Lehman Caves!

Great campsite next to the river!

Approximately 24 campsites next to Lehman Creek, first come fIrst served. Many are next to the creek but all can hear it. Deer everywhere, lots of vegetation and many of the sites are shaded. The cleanest vault toilets I’ve every seen. Very quiet and peaceful.

Seeking Isolation?

Great Basin is a park you really want to go to in order to actually go to. Situated in the middle of Nevada, it features a sky island environment, rising from high desert scrub, to Aspen forests, and to above timberline scree.

Campgrounds are typical NPS style; light on amenities, but heavy on experience. There are vault toilets and potable water available. And the night skies. Wow, just wow.

Great camping

Some sites are bigger than others, ours was big enough for 2 4-man tents. There is no water access, but the bathrooms are very well maintained & cleaned daily. Would recommend staying there during the cooler months, we went in July & it was pretty warm, but hiked in the higher elevation areas (wheeler peak) & the weather was great. If you stay near Great Basin National Park make sure to check out the Lehman Caves. Also, the people at the Lehman caves gift shop & cafe are super nice & awesome people. Currently, fires are not allowed.