Campbell's 2017 Western Trip travel blog

Process of Ridge and Basin Formation

Total Area a Great Basin

Mule Deer in Park

View east toward basin from park road

View from park road of park mountains

View of only remaining glacier in park

Aspen forest without leaves in park

View toward basin and Utah

Another view from park road

View of water closet/beer cellar

October 28 – Visit Great Basin National Park

This morning, we drove to the 10,000 foot elevation on the park road to view the great plain that exists between the Park and Utah.

From the Park’s Brochure: “The Great Basin is a vast region of sagebrush-covered valleys and narrow mountain ranges named for its lack of drainage. Its streams and rivers mostly find no outlet to the sea and collects in shallow salt lakes, marshes and mud flats to evaporate in the dry desert air.

It is not just one basin but many basins, separated by mountain ranges roughly parallel, north to south. Broad basins hang between craggy ranges from California’s Sierra Nevada to Utah’s Wasatch Mountains.

For those of you who are interested in how the mountain ranges and basins are formed as the earth’s crust stretched (riffed), here at two videos that go into detail about the process.

In the afternoon, we watched Ohio State beat Penn State very, very late in the game. It was an interesting game. Kathleen could not watch at the end. It was a nail biter and fun to watch.

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