The magazine BACKPACKER, which I subscribe to, once called Great Basin the quietest National Park in America. No doubt its recent creation (1992) and extreme remoteness in eastern Nevada (the closest town with over 5k people is 142 miles away) make it an overlooked destination for many. That’s a real shame for those “many” because we absolutely loved the time we spent at Great Basin.
We loved the huge diversity we experienced: cave tours, 13er summit hikes, alpine lake vistas, ancient bristlecone forests and, of course, the insanely dark skies and awesome astronomy programs. We loved the friendliness and intimacy of the rangers (5 full time, but up to 13 in the summer) who had time to really engage with the visitors. They even call themselves Dark Rangers at night when leading astronomy programs because their motto says “half the park is after dark!” We thought that was adorable. And mostly we loved the feeling that you have the park all to yourself. So maybe those crowds can keep on overlooking Great Basin 😉
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