Baker Nevada just by the Utah Nevada border
Wheeler Peak, Lehman Caves, Camping, Bristlecone Pines, Star Gazing, Glacier, Several Lakes
Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive is about 10 Miles one way
2 Hours just for the drive to relax and see the sights
Free entry into the park.
Water available at the 3 campgrounds and the two visitor centers
Spring, summer, fall
Open year round
Depending on what you do
Most trails are maintained
At the visitor centers, trail heads, and campgrounds
Great Basin Visitor Center in Baker, and Lehman Caves Visitor Center in the park
Yes by reservation
Good hiking shoes, jacket, bag for food and water, camera
From Nephi, Utah take Highway 6 through Delta Utah and on to Baker Nevada.
This national park has a lot to offer. I have covered the Bristlecone Hiking trail and the Lehman caves in separate trek reports. I highly recommend both for anyone visiting the park. In additon the park offers excellent camping. There are three established campgrounds. I stayed in the Lehman Creek Upper Campground. It was very nice with a firepit, tent pad, water, trash, bathroom, picnic table, and Lehman creek right by our sight to provide some nice acoustics. There is firewood available for purchase in Baker if you didn’t bring any. You can’t burn any wood you find in the park.
This park offers some amazing sunsets. One of the biggest attractions here is it is certified as one of the 2 or 3 best places in North America to view stars. We were there on a moonless time so they also had a ranger led astronomy program that I really enjoyed. The stars were unbelievable and that alone made it worth the trip for me.
I also enjoy bird watching and this park is a great place for it. There are several nature trails that are a great family friendly place to find some creatures.
The park offers lots of different hiking opportunities for people of all skills and hikes of all lengths. The most popular and accessible hikes are the Bristlecone Trail. (see trek report) The rock glacier trail is an extension of the Bristlecone Trail. It goes to the only Glacier in Nevada. The Alpine Lakes Trail takes you past two beautiful high mountain lakes. The Baker Lake trail goes to a large high altitude lake with a beautiful mountain setting. The Wheeler Peak Summit trail takes you to the top of the second highest peak in Nevada at 13,063 feet. This trail should be started very early and only attempted by people in shape, experienced, and prepared for high altitude weather possibilities.
The main attraction of the park is the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. This is a beautiful drive that rises very steeply for about ten miles offering beautiful views of the mountains and surrounding desert.
Notch Peak from another trek can be seen in the distance from the road.
Make sure and pull off at the Wheeler peak overlook. This is an awesome looking peak! At the base of the peak is Rock Glacier. The last Glacier in Nevada. It is almost completely covered in rubble.
Wheeler Peak is well worth the drive!
This is an awesome place that not all that many people know about. It was a pleasant place to camp even into November. There are lots of activities for all people and great family friendly hikes. The stars, the trees, Lehman caves, and the huge peaks left me in awe. This is definitely somewhere I plan on visiting again.