Did the late night arrival thing and woke up to a superb sunrise!! Stars were out in full force when we arrived. We took the road in up to the top at night and didn’t realize how much we climbed until we dropped back down the road in the morning. All in all cool place and would go again with more time. Nice ADA stuff at the top at Wheeler paved parking area. Amphitheater, flat wide trail to lake.
This campground sits at about 9900 ft. It had 37 sites when we were there in June 18 and we stayed two nights. If you stay in Great Basin NP this CG should be on your list. In 2018 you could not reserve a site. We got there in mid afternoon and got one of the last remaining sites. We were in 11 which was next to the pit toilet. The toilets weren't in very good condition, at least the women's wasn't according to my partner, which is why the 4 star not 5 star rating. It does get chilly at that elevation so bring appropriate clothes.
The incredible views, wildlife, and access to the upper trails in the park really make this campground an amazing place. The views of Wheeler and Jeff Davis peaks are amazing and the night sky is brilliant on clear evenings. .
Each site has a picnic table, fire pit and were paved. There is trash cans and dumpsters available. The sites were fairly spaced out and most afforded a bit of privacy. The CG was definitely used and had some wear but was in pretty good condition. There is also water available.
We came purposely to hike Wheeler Peak and it did not disappoint. Amazing hike and views. We also hiked the Alpine loop as part of that hike. The CG gives great access to Stella and Teresa Lake. The Bristlecone pine trail is worth it too. This is easily accessed from the CG.
Note, this CG is closed for the summer of 2020. Apparently the NP service is making some upgrades and improvements.
Breathtaking location with a lot of wildlife and space between campgrounds
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!
The Wheeler Peak campground is a primitive campground up a steady and steep road in Great Basin National Park. If you are heading here I would do several things at the last major city you come to. 1)Buy all the food you will need. 2) Buy TP 3)Gas up the vehicle. You are literally in the middle of nowhere with a few small towns close buy but nothing really accessible to the park if you need supplies. Also, if you are going to go to this campground, bring your cold weather gear even in summer. You are really high up and it does get chilly at night.
When I was here the park rangers told me it was full and that driving all the way to the top was just for the vies. When I got to the top, it wasn't close to being full and I got a really nice spot next to a stream. I say this so that you check the sites yourself instead of word of mouth. It is a first come first serve campground so you never know how things will turn out. The sites themselves are great! I had a level spot to set my tenet up on and there was a table and fire ring. I was told you can collect firewood here that is on the ground but I would check with the rangers first. The bathrooms are a pit toilet and they have no showers. I would definitely do the bristlecone hike up even if you are short on time. It is well worth the time and adventure.
My girlfriend and I wanted a nice quite camping trip in the woods. Being from las vegas you don't get a lot of trees. We went online and found wheeler peak in the great basin national park. We loved every second we spent there!
This high elevation camp provided great access to trails, beautiful viewpoints, and even a small creek! This was one of the best campground that we have ever stayed in and we have stayed in almost 20 National Parks!