Size: 77,180 Acres

Year Established: 1986

Annual Visitors: 145,000

Firearms Information in Great Basin National Park

As of February 22, 2010, federal law permits individuals who are permitted to possess weapons under applicable federal, state, and local regulations to do so in Great Basin National Park.

Section 512 of the Credit Card Accountability, Responsibility, and Disclosure Act of 2009, Public Law 111-24, 123 Stat. 1764-65, authorizes the possession of guns in National Park and National Wildlife Refuge System units in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

Currently, Nevada recognizes concealed carry (CCW) permits from ten states, but this is always subject to change. You can check out our Nevada Concealed Carry page or check the Nevada State website.

Keep in mind that federal law forbids the possession of guns in some park buildings. There are signage at the entrances of these areas.

The following structures inside the park are classed as “federal facilities” and guns are prohibited inside:

  • Lehman Caves
  • Great Basin Visitors Center
  • Lehman Caves Visitors Center
  • Lehman Caves Café and Gift Shop
  • Lower Resource Management Offices
  • Protection Offices
  • Structural Fire Engine Bay
  • SAR Cache/Fitness Center
  • Upper Resource Management Offices
  • Great Basin Administrative Offices
  • Great Basin Wildland Fire Engine Bay
  • Great Basin Wildland Fire Cache Buildings
  • Great Basin Maintenance Complex Buildings

Hunting in Great Basin National Park

Hunting within Great Basin National Park is prohibited.

Additional Information About Great Basin National Park

Some of these twisted-appearing bristlecone pines have made it to 5,000 years old and were alive at the same time as the Babylonians when they were building their empire in the ancient Near East.

These ancient trees reside in a rural region of the state that is renowned for its lack of light pollution. It is ideal for stargazing, hence the Great Basin Astronomy Festival is held there annually.

Under the dry surface lie the limestone Lehman Caves, which contain several underground passages and bizarre rock formations such as helictite, popcorn, and shields.

This region is home to nocturnal species such as the eyeless shrimp and Townsend’s big-eared bats. During mating season, bats construct huge maternity roosts containing hundreds of nests.

Best Time to Visit Great Basin National Park

The best time to visit Great Basin National Park is between the months of April to October.

Visitor Fees

Great Basin National Park has no entrance fee.

There is a fee charged per person for the cave tours and camping. Annual passes will not cover the cave tours.

Interesting in visiting multiple National Parks this year?

Consider the America The Beautiful Annual Park Pass.

This annual park pass to gets you and some friends into all U.S. National Parks for $80.
They also offer Senior, Military, and other discounts.

Visitor Centers

Lehman Caves Visitor Center


5500 NV-488,
Baker, NV 89311

Phone Number

(775) 234-7510

Hours of Operation

Daily 8:00 AM–5:00 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures.

Great Basin Visitor Center


National Park, 100 Great Basin,
Baker, NV 89311

Phone Number

(775) 234-7520

Hours of Operation

Daily 9:30 AM–5:00 PM

Be sure to check for seasonal closures.