Great Basin National Park
Jun 2, 2012
|Great Basin National Park
June 2, 2012
We drove over to Sand Mtn to see if there was any early morning activity. Not much going on so by mid morning we had packed up, loaded up and headed for Nevada.
We turned south on Hwy 6 where we picked up Highway 50 in Delta, UT. Hwy 50 was called "The Loneliest Road In America." by Life magazine some 25 years ago. Although it is very lightly populated, from an historical point of view, hwy 50 has much going for it. Check out this link for information.
Most interesting about hwy 50 for us is the fact that it parellels the old Pony Express Trail. You can see remnants of the trail at many places along your travels. Also the Sante Fe Trail ran through the area.
We passed Lake Sevier which along with the Great Salt Lake is a remnant of the much larger Lake Bonneville.
We crossed into Nevada at Border, UT and turned south heading for Great Basin. After about 150 miles of driving we pulled in the Park and surprise, no entrance fee, at all. We found out that since most people come here to see Lehman Cave the National Park Service uses the cave fee as it's entrance fee. In other words if you don't tour the cave there is no other charge except for using the campgrounds, of which there are 4.
We opted to stay at Lower Lehman campground in a very private spot right next to Lehman Creek.
We got set up without too much difficulty, although I had to trim a few branches from some of the shrubs to keep them from scratching the 5th wheel. We took a quick ride over to the opposite side of the park where we visited a little groto cave where there were several petroglyphs. These were painted using some kind of red mineral paint.
While touring around we saw deer, and wild turkeys. After an early dinner we sat outside and enjoyed the quiet. Well quiet except for the wonderful sound of flowing water from the creek which was only steps away from our door.
We'll go over information on other things to do here and tomorrow we'll see.