Because of its location off the lonliest stretch of the lonliest highway in the US (US 50 in Nevada), Great Basin doesn't get heavy visitation. So much the better for those who do have a chance to visit. I've always thought US 50 was the best route to Yosemite from the east- wide open spaces, almost no traffic, a real look at where wide open spaces still exist in our increasingly crowded country.
The park is best known for Lehman caves, which are indeed worth a look. But I think the real charm of this park is as a desert oasis- a mountain rises out of the hot, barren desert, offering cool year-round streams, trees, and eventually alpine scenery at the top of Wheeler peak. The park was once a privately owned resort and vestiges of that era are still there.
A deer feasts on fallen peaches from an orchard on the old resort property.
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