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!
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.
Though extremely unlevel, the positive atmosphere here makes up for it in every way. It's a small campground with only eleven sites, but it's nearly impossible to see a neighbor. The trees and bushes are thick and high, and you feel like you're in your own private corner of the world.
We arrived around 11:30 on a Wednesday morning. Only three sites were taken, so we had a pretty good pick. If Site #4 was level, it could arguably be the world's greatest campsite. It's located right by the creek and is surrounded by trees and shrubs. There was a picnic table and a fire ring, too. The creek kind of splits upstream right before the site, so we had a little wading pool to cool off in after hikes. We foraged for wood, and it burned and smelled awesome. This campsite was a dream.
The dump station at the visitors center was down when we arrived, but they said there were places in Baker you could fill up. We had just come from there and were not excited to do more driving, so my husband filled up the tank manually with a six-gallon jug. He's my hero. :) It was doable and not that bad because there are spigots throughout the campground. When we left, we dumped at the gas station in Baker (which was oddly out of gas). Come prepared! Luckily we had enough to make it to Milford, Utah.
Lower Lehman is located at the base of the mountain, so be aware that it's about 10-15 degrees warmer here than it is at the top of the mountain. It was about 85 degrees in the middle of the day, but the shade and the creek helped. Plus, we stayed up on the mountain for as long as possible, and if you do a cave tour (which you should!) it's always 50 degrees in there.
Great Basin was a wonderful surprise. We loved the caves, the hike to the glacier, the alpine lakes, and the bristlecone pines. The scenery is breathtaking!
Great basin National Park is super underrated. You don't feel like your in a national park because there are hardly any tourist which is amazing. Lehman campground was pretty primitive and nothing special but was beautiful at night. We saw more stars than I've ever seen before. Lehman cave was awesome and well worth the hike.
Though the sites are a little small, I enjoyed my stay here, especially since we found a campsite by a heavy-flowing stream; falling asleep to the sound of water was wonderful! You cannot reserve campsites here, so it's a bit nerve-wracking not knowing if you are able to get a site, but there were plenty available when we arrived. The campground overall is not that large, but there is still a good amount of privacy. We were surrounded by grasses and bushes on each side, and our only interruptions were the cars and RVs pulling through at night to see if anything was available. When we arrived, there was an information board and deposit envelopes for campsite payments. Though the envelopes stated it was cash only, we were told later by rangers that you can write your credit card info on the envelope. There were pit toilets, no showers, and the water faucets weren't working, but since we were just there for one night, this was fine for us. It wasn't a campground I would brag about, but I also wouldn't hesitate to stay here again.
This is located in lower elevation (as compared to Wheeler), but feels like a parking lot or field. Yes, you are close to the visitor center and town, but there is little privacy and nothing unique about this spot. Drive uphill and gain a view, trees, and privacy!