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Best Tent Camping Sites Near Great Basin National Park, NV (41)

    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Lehman Creek Campground — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Lehman Creek Campground — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Lehman Creek Campground — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Lehman Creek Campground — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Lehman Creek Campground — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Upper Lehman Creek Campground — Great Basin National Park

    1.

    Upper Lehman Creek Campground — Great Basin National Park

    25 Reviews
    79 Photos
    180 Saves
    Baker, Nevada

    Overview

    Whether you prefer the rich smell of summer mahogany riding air currents blended with the vanilla of ponderosa pine, or the sound of a clear mountain stream babbling beneath a symphony of swaying white fir, you won't regret your stay at Upper Lehman Campground. At 7500 feet in elevation and three miles up the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive a stay at Upper Lehman puts you within a ten minute drive of Lehman Caves and just a brief cruise from high alpine trails that will take you into the heart of the Snake Range. A stroll across the grounds may present you with mule deer or turkey, while a step out onto the viewing platform over Lehman Creek could offer a glimpse of brook trout moving gracefully through a liquid stage.

    Recreation

    For guests at Upper Lehman Campground a number of recreational options present themselves.____ The jaw-dropping Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive runs right past the campground entrance, offering 12 miles of spectacular mountain and valley views while transporting you to near tree line at about 10,000 feet in elevation. From there a roundtrip trail walk of just under three miles will leave you with memories of iconic bristlecone pines, trees which can endure for over 4000 years, and stand for thousands after that.__ Another short stroll from the end of the Scenic Drive highlights Stella and Theresa Lakes, both fish free because they freeze solid during the winter months, but begging for a sunset photograph with colossal Wheeler Peak looming in the background.____ If a challenge is beckoning, you'll find ample beyond the Summit Trailhead. Beginning at mile 11 of the Scenic Drive the Summit Trail will launch you on an eight-mile, day-long endeavor to the top of Wheeler Peak, monarch of the Snake Range, where you may ponder the desperate lives of bristlecones, limber pines and Engelman Spruce gracing the rocky moraine below the summit.____ Renown Lehman Caves is just a 10-minute drive from your campsite (You'll want to make a tour reservation before you arrive.) along with the remote solitude of the less-travelled trails of the Baker Creek. The Snake Creek and Strawberry Creek Roads are a bit more distant, but worth the drive.__ Fishing in the park is legal with a Nevada state fishing license, but access is challenging in the small brushy park streams so consider a day-long excursion to Baker Lake. The experience includes a twelve-mile roundtrip hike to over 10,000 ft, but the trout fishing is fine and a more majestic venue could barely be imagined. Stop by one of the park visitor centers for regulations, and please treat the delicate alpine environtment of Baker Lake with respect. During the summer months beneath the uniquely black night skies of Great Basin National Park astronomy programs with park rangers draw large crowds to the Lehman Cave Visitor Center, just four downhill driving miles away. Bring a chair and dress warm as even summer temperatures can drop dramatically in the Snake Range.

    Facilities

    For guests at Upper Lehman Campground a number of recreational options present themselves.____ The jaw-dropping Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive runs right past the campground entrance, offering 12 miles of spectacular mountain and valley views while transporting you to near tree line at about 10,000 feet in elevation. From there a roundtrip trail walk of just under three miles will leave you with memories of iconic bristlecone pines, trees which can endure for over 4000 years, and stand for thousands after that.__ Another short stroll from the end of the Scenic Drive highlights Stella and Theresa Lakes, both fish free because they freeze solid during the winter months, but begging for a sunset photograph with colossal Wheeler Peak looming in the background.____ If a challenge is beckoning, you'll find ample beyond the Summit Trailhead. Beginning at mile 11 of the Scenic Drive the Summit Trail will launch you on an eight-mile, day-long endeavor to the top of Wheeler Peak, monarch of the Snake Range, where you may ponder the desperate lives of bristlecones, limber pines and Engelman Spruce gracing the rocky moraine below the summit.____ Renown Lehman Caves is just a 10-minute drive from your campsite (You'll want to make a tour reservation before you arrive.) along with the remote solitude of the less-travelled trails of the Baker Creek. The Snake Creek and Strawberry Creek Roads are a bit more distant, but worth the drive.__ Fishing in the park is legal with a Nevada state fishing license, but access is challenging in the small brushy park streams so consider a day-long excursion to Baker Lake. The experience includes a twelve-mile roundtrip hike to over 10,000 ft, but the trout fishing is fine and a more majestic venue could barely be imagined. Stop by one of the park visitor centers for regulations, and please treat the delicate alpine environtment of Baker Lake with respect. During the summer months beneath the uniquely black night skies of Great Basin National Park astronomy programs with park rangers draw large crowds to the Lehman Cave Visitor Center, just four downhill driving miles away. Bring a chair and dress warm as even summer temperatures can drop dramatically in the Snake Range.

    Natural Features

    Resting at the base of a limestone ridge anchoring 12,771 foot Doso Doyabi to the floor of Snake Valley, the sites of Upper Lehman Campground are scattered amidst a diverse forest of pinyon and ponderosa pine along with juniper, white fir, aspen and fragrant mountain mahogany. Upper Lehman Creek with its resident trout (It's a small dynamic stream, difficult to fish.) tumbles among the sites blending with the voices of pine needles, turkey, and the crackle of campfire to create a classic soundscape, perfect for the camping experience. Shade is easy to come by during the summer months followed by the gilded quivering of aspen leaves in the fall.

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    For facility specific information, please call (775) 234-7331.

    Nearby Attractions

    Don't forget, Great Basin National Park was forshadowed when Lehman Caves was annointed a National Monument in 1922. The cave and its underground wonders are just a few miles away behind the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. Access is by tour only so be sure to book a reservation before you arrive, or stop by the visitor center to check on remaining availability.

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    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Trash

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Wheeler Peak Campground — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wheeler Peak Campground — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wheeler Peak Campground — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wheeler Peak Campground — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wheeler Peak Campground — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Wheeler Peak Campground — Great Basin National Park

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    Wheeler Peak Campground — Great Basin National Park

    9 Reviews
    35 Photos
    135 Saves
    Baker, Nevada

    Overview

    A stay at the Wheeler Peak Campground is a genuinely memorable experience. Shadowed beneath the hulking cliffs of Wheeler Peak and Doso Doyabi, a pair of Nevada___s true alpine monarchs, the views and campsites hover among the clouds. At nearly 10,000 feet in elevation your neighbors are Engelman spruce, mule deer and green meadows; your common distractions tumbling brooks and shimmering aspen leaves. A mile and a half up the trail will place you in the midst of the Wheeler Peak Bristlecone Grove, among trees so ancient that some have absorbed the fanciful hues of over a million sunsets. Take elevation and weather into account before you set out on your hike. Neither towing nor towed vehicles exceeding 24 feet in length are accommodated along the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive or at Wheeler Peak Campground.

    Recreation

    The drive alone is worth the price of admission, as they say, even though there is no entrance fee at this National Park. The 12-mile Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive sweeps you over half a vertical mile to the Wheeler Peak Campground, just beneath what may be the most picturesque mountain in Nevada. Take in the view at Mather Overlook along the way. You can___t miss it.__ While the Wheeler Peak Campground is the most distant campground from the surreal Lehman Caves (a 30-minute drive down the mountain) it more than makes up for it in hiking opportunities. Two of the park___s most sought-after hikes, the Bristlecone Trail and Alpine Lakes Loop Trail, begin just outside of the campground entrance. The fully accessible .4 mile-long Sky Isalnd Nature Trail also presents a peaceful alternative. Beyond walking, the soundscapes and view-surfing are perfect for lounging, reading or catching up on some sleep after a long drive. Oh, and the caves are just 30 minutes away. If you prefer some less-traveled roads, consider a drive down the Snake Creek (no rvs or trailers) or Baker Creek Roads for such hiking destinations as Baker Lake or Johnson Lake. From the end of these maintained dirt roads, all trails lead to solitude.____ But be back at your campsite before sunset if you want to enjoy the dusk light show as the sun ignites the towering stone walls of Doso Doyabi, merging slowly into a sky so black that the stars pop in ways you may never have imagined possible.__ Be sure to make reservations before you arrive, for both the campground and the caves.

    Facilities

    The drive alone is worth the price of admission, as they say, even though there is no entrance fee at this National Park. The 12-mile Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive sweeps you over half a vertical mile to the Wheeler Peak Campground, just beneath what may be the most picturesque mountain in Nevada. Take in the view at Mather Overlook along the way. You can___t miss it.__ While the Wheeler Peak Campground is the most distant campground from the surreal Lehman Caves (a 30-minute drive down the mountain) it more than makes up for it in hiking opportunities. Two of the park___s most sought-after hikes, the Bristlecone Trail and Alpine Lakes Loop Trail, begin just outside of the campground entrance. The fully accessible .4 mile-long Sky Isalnd Nature Trail also presents a peaceful alternative. Beyond walking, the soundscapes and view-surfing are perfect for lounging, reading or catching up on some sleep after a long drive. Oh, and the caves are just 30 minutes away. If you prefer some less-traveled roads, consider a drive down the Snake Creek (no rvs or trailers) or Baker Creek Roads for such hiking destinations as Baker Lake or Johnson Lake. From the end of these maintained dirt roads, all trails lead to solitude.____ But be back at your campsite before sunset if you want to enjoy the dusk light show as the sun ignites the towering stone walls of Doso Doyabi, merging slowly into a sky so black that the stars pop in ways you may never have imagined possible.__ Be sure to make reservations before you arrive, for both the campground and the caves.

    Natural Features

    Views of some of Nevada___s most picturesque mountains are abundant and never more than a few steps away from your campsite, if that. Bolstered by permanent snow and icefields of the Wheeler Peak cirque the spring serenading you just to the south has cascaded through ancient quartzite which makes up the towering cathedrals above. Stretched out among alpine meadows ringed within a dense forest of Engleman spruce, the Wheeler Peak Campground provides shade at nearly every site while a quick stroll will often reveal mule deer, turkey, or in the autumn weeks the lively orange and gold of shimmering aspen.

    Nearby Attractions

    Don't forget, Great Basin National Park was forshadowed when Lehman Caves was annointed a National Monument in 1922. The cave and its underground wonders are just thirty minutes away behind the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. Access is by tour only so be sure to book a reservation before you arrive, or stop by the visitor center to check on remaining availability.

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    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $20 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Whispering Elms Motel, Campground, & RV Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Whispering Elms Motel, Campground, & RV Park

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    Whispering Elms Motel, Campground, & RV Park

    11 Reviews
    2 Photos
    45 Saves
    Baker, Nevada

    Welcome to Whispering Elms Motel, Campground, & RV Park, nestled near the quaint town of Baker, NV. This spot is a solid choice if you're looking to explore the Great Basin National Park, which is just a stone's throw away. The campground offers a mix of tent sites, RV spots, and even cabins, so there's something for everyone.

    Now, let's get real. The place isn't going to win any beauty contests. It's a bit dusty, and you'll find some weeds between the sites. But hey, everything works just fine. The showers are hot, the hookups are reliable, and the staff is friendly and helpful. Dakota and Sam, in particular, have been mentioned for their great service.

    One of the standout features here is the on-site bar. It's not every day you find a campground with a bar that has a respectable selection of Nevada beers. It's a great place to unwind after a day of hiking or exploring the park. Plus, the outdoor restaurant is a nice touch.

    For those of you with big rigs, you'll be pleased to know that the campground is big-rig friendly and offers full hookups, including sewer and water. There are also newly installed EV charging stations next to the motel, which is a nice modern touch.

    The campground is also pet-friendly, so feel free to bring your furry friends along. Just be mindful of the dust and gravel, which can get kicked up pretty easily.

    In summary, Whispering Elms is a no-frills, functional campground that's perfect for those looking to explore the Great Basin National Park without the hassle of boondocking. It's got everything you need for a comfortable stay, even if it doesn't have all the bells and whistles.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Sacramento Pass Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sacramento Pass Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sacramento Pass Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sacramento Pass Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sacramento Pass Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Sacramento Pass Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Grey Cliffs Campground — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Grey Cliffs Campground — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Grey Cliffs Campground — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Grey Cliffs Campground — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Grey Cliffs Campground — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Grey Cliffs Campground — Great Basin National Park

    5.

    Grey Cliffs Campground — Great Basin National Park

    7 Reviews
    55 Photos
    48 Saves
    Baker, Nevada

    Overview

    For visitors to Great Basin National Park, Grey Cliffs Campground is an ideal place to setup and start exploring. Experience the solitude of the desert, the smell of sagebrush after a thunderstorm, the darkest of night skies, and the beauty of Lehman Caves.

    Recreation

    The park offers a variety of trails with views of mountain peaks and alpine lake surrounded by beautiful cliffs at trail's end. Reserve a guided tour of Lehman Caves, take the scenic drive to the face of 13,063 foot Wheeler Peak or see 5,000 year old Bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines.

    Facilities

    The park offers a variety of trails with views of mountain peaks and alpine lake surrounded by beautiful cliffs at trail's end. Reserve a guided tour of Lehman Caves, take the scenic drive to the face of 13,063 foot Wheeler Peak or see 5,000 year old Bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines.

    Natural Features

    The campground is tucked beside limestone cliffs and set amongst pinion pines.

    Nearby Attractions

    Hike along the Baker Lake Trail, reserve a guided tour ofLehman Caves , take the scenic drive to the face of 13,063 foot Wheeler Peak or see 5,000 year old Bristlecone pine trees grow on rocky glacial moraines.

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    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $30 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Squirrel Springs Campsites — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Squirrel Springs Campsites — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Squirrel Springs Campsites — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Squirrel Springs Campsites — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Squirrel Springs Campsites — Great Basin National Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Squirrel Springs Campsites — Great Basin National Park

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    Squirrel Springs Campsites — Great Basin National Park

    5 Reviews
    26 Photos
    37 Saves
    Baker, Nevada

    Formerly known as Snake Creek Road Primitive Campground.

    Campers must be in designated sites along these roads and backcountry camping regulations apply. Tents must be placed within 30 feet of the site's picnic table(s) and/or fire ring(s). Generators may only be used between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. Checkout time is noon. The maximum continuous stay limit at any campsite is 14 days.

    Groups size is limited to 15 persons and/or 6 pack animals, and/or 6 vehicles per site. Larger groups must split into smaller groups within these limits, and must camp at separate sites. Larger groups may request an exception to these limits from the Superintendent under the terms of a Special Use Permit.

    Snake Creek may be closed due to snow in winter months, check our current conditions page for uptodate infomation. High clearance vehicles are recommended for these rough, dirt roads. RVs and trailers are not recommended at any time.

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    • Picnic Table
    Camper-submitted photo from Sacramento Pass BLM Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sacramento Pass BLM Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sacramento Pass BLM Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sacramento Pass BLM Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sacramento Pass BLM Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Sacramento Pass BLM Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Flat Campground — Cave Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Flat Campground — Cave Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Flat Campground — Cave Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Flat Campground — Cave Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Flat Campground — Cave Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Elk Flat Campground — Cave Lake State Park

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    Elk Flat Campground — Cave Lake State Park

    11 Reviews
    27 Photos
    52 Saves
    Ely, Nevada

    Welcome to Elk Flat Campground in Cave Lake State Park! Nestled near Ely, NV, this spot is a gem for anyone looking to escape the hustle and bustle. The campground is perched up off the canyon floor, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains and abundant wildlife. It's a peaceful retreat with clean, well-maintained grounds.

    Elk Flat has all the essentials for a comfortable stay. Each site comes with a picnic table, fire ring, and good-sized tent pad. The campground features flush toilets and push-button showers, which visitors have praised for their cleanliness. The shower temperature is set by the camp host, and folks have found it to be just right. Pets are welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along.

    One of the highlights here is the proximity to Cave Lake, perfect for fishing, swimming, and kayaking. Although the lake has been drained for dam repairs, the area still offers plenty of outdoor activities. There are several great hiking and mountain biking trails nearby, and the scenic loop is a must-see. If you're into trout fishing, you're in luck—this place is known for it.

    Visitors have mentioned that the campground can get busy, especially on weekends, so it's a good idea to arrive early. There's also a sanitary dump station at the bottom of the hill, which is a convenient feature for RV campers.

    Whether you're here for a quick stopover or a longer stay, Elk Flat Campground offers a serene and scenic environment to unwind and enjoy nature. Just remember to stock up on gas in Ely before heading out, as services can be sparse in the area. Enjoy your stay!

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    Camper-submitted photo from Ely KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Ely KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Ely KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Ely KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Ely KOA
    Camper-submitted photo from Ely KOA

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    Ely KOA

    17 Reviews
    41 Photos
    45 Saves
    Ely, Nevada

    The Ely KOA proves there's more to Nevada than casinos and neon. It's where high desert meets the mountains of Great Basin National Park, with meadows, forests, wildflowers, streams and lakes - and the fascinating marble/limestone formations of Lehman Caves. Explore ghost towns left behind from the 19th-century silver rush. Ride the Ghost Train of Ely for a trip into the past. Recreation includes hiking and ATV trails, garnet hunting, fishing, boating and swimming on Cave Lake. Fishing supplies available at KOA. Enjoy a beautiful RV Site with a patio area, private lawn and LP gas grill. Or choose an extra-long pull thru. If primitive is your thing, you'll love the lush, grassy Tent Sites and Camping Kitchen. This campground has rustic comfy Cabins and a Deluxe Cabin - complete with a full bath, kitchenette and LP gas grill. Family fun includes a playground, nightly outdoor movies, scavenger hunts and ice cream socials. Two dog walk areas and on-site corrals keep your four-legged travel companions happy.

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    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake View Campground — Cave Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake View Campground — Cave Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake View Campground — Cave Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake View Campground — Cave Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake View Campground — Cave Lake State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake View Campground — Cave Lake State Park

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    Lake View Campground — Cave Lake State Park

    11 Reviews
    18 Photos
    4 Saves
    Ely, Nevada

    The Lake View Campground is near the lake and open year-round with flush toilets and showers. In extremely cold conditions the facilities may be closed. Please contact the park if you plan to arrive in the winter. There is one group site for day use and one camping group site in each campground. They may be reserved for a small fee by emailing clsp@parks.nv.gov. Contact the park for information. Two picnic areas can be found along the lake shore. Restrooms, tables, grills and water are available.

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