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Alpine Lake Loop Trail – Great Basin National Park – Baker, NV

We really enjoyed hiking on the Alpine Lake Loop Trail (we had it to ourselves) and we found it suitable for younger kids.  The trail passes two beautiful alpine lakes, Stella and Teresa Lakes, with great views of Wheeler Peak.  If you still have energy, you can add to your hike a short walk to view the ancient Bristlecone pine grove.

Trail Length

2.7 miles

Elevation Gain

600 feet

Cave Lake State Park – Ely, NV
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This is a first-come, first serve basis campground. The park offers two designated campgrounds: Elk Flat Campground and the Lake View Campground (close to the lake). All sites are level and include a fire pit with grill (there was a fire ban when we were there), table and parking. There are no hook-ups but does offer flush toilets and showers.

Activities here include: excellent trout fishing, boating, swimming, hiking, camping and picnicking.

Phone: (775) 296-1505 (Leave message only)
Great Basin National Park – Baker, NV
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Hard to get to and hard to forget! Situated close to the border of Utah, this park rises from the desert floor to lush forest with lots of wildlife. The impressive Lehman Cave tour is a must. There is a Junior Ranger Program and the rangers offer other programs such as astronomy.

All Great Basin National Park Campsites are first come - first served. Reservations are not available for overnight camping. There is a choice of five campgrounds. We stayed at Wheeler Peak which is spectacular. To get to this campground, note that the road is closed to single vehicles or trailers in excess of 24 feet in length. The road is narrow, winding, and climbs an 8% grade in 12 miles.

Recommend the Alpine Lake Loop Trail (2.7 miles) which connects to the Bristlecone Trail that takes you to an ancient bristlecone pine grove.

Please note that having a pet with you will limit your activities in Great Basin National Park. Kennel services are not available in or around the park.

http://www.nps.gov/grba/index.htm
Lehman Caves Tour – Great Basin National Park, Baker, NV

Tour Basics
Lehman Caves may only be entered with a guided tour. Cave tours are offered daily, year round, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Park rangers lead all tours, explaining the history, ecology, and geology of the caves.

Two different guided tours of Lehman Caves are offered, the Lodge Room Tour and the Grand Palace Tour. Reservations are strongly recommended in the summer months, as well as over holiday weekends.

Lodge Room Tour:
Lodge Room Tours are approximately 60 minutes long. The Lodge Room Tour travels 0.4 miles, and is ideal for families with young children. The Lodge Room Tour highlights the Gothic Palace, Music Room, and Lodge Room sections of Lehman Caves. Tour is limited to 20 visitors. White Nose Syndrome screening is mandatory.

Grand Palace Tour:
Grand Palace Tours are approximately 90 minutes long. The Grand Palace Tour travels 0.6 miles, and children must be at least 5 years old to join the Grand Palace Tour (except on tours December through February). This tour visits the Gothic Palace, the Music Room, the Lodge Room, Inscription Room, and the Grand Palace sections of Lehman Caves, including a chance to view the famous "Parachute Shield" formation. Tour is limited to 20 visitors. White Nose Syndrome screening is mandatory.

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Cave Tips:
Bring a light jacket - cave temperature is always about 50 degrees year round

You can only bring a small flashlight and handheld camera into the cave. No backpacks, tripods, etc.

The Ranger will let you know when it is OK to take photos. Remind them to tell you when it is OK. Ours forgot to mention we could take photos until we asked.

Lehman Caves Tours – Great Basin National Park, Baker, NV

Lehman Caves may just be the most decorated of all the caves our family has visited.  Sparkling formations and unique features such as "shields" are here.  Cave may only be entered with a guided tour which are offered daily, year-round, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. Park rangers share the history, ecology, and geology of the cave.  Two different guided tours of Lehman Caves are offered, the Lodge Room Tour and the Grand Palace Tour. Reservations are strongly recommended in the summer months, as well as over holiday weekends.

Lodge Room Tour:
Lodge Room Tours are approximately 60 minutes long. The Lodge Room Tour travels 0.4 miles, and is ideal for families with young children. The Lodge Room Tour highlights the Gothic Palace, Music Room, and Lodge Room sections of Lehman Caves. Tour is limited to 20 visitors. White Nose Syndrome screening is mandatory. ** Best for families!

Grand Palace Tour:
Grand Palace Tours are approximately 90 minutes long. The Grand Palace Tour travels 0.6 miles, and children must be at least 5 years old to join the Grand Palace Tour (except on tours December through February). This tour visits the Gothic Palace, the Music Room, the Lodge Room, Inscription Room, and the Grand Palace sections of Lehman Caves, including a chance to view the famous "Parachute Shield" formation. Tour is limited to 20 visitors. White Nose Syndrome screening is mandatory.

Hours:

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Tips:

Bring a light jacket - cave temperature is always about 50 degrees year round
You can only bring a small flashlight and handheld camera into the cave. No backpacks, tripods, etc.
Ranger will let you know when it is OK to take photos. Remind them to tell you when it is OK. Ours forgot to mention we could take photos until we asked.

 

 

Nevada Northern Railway – Ely, NV

Nevada Northern Railway offers 90-minute train rides using original and historic locomotives. Step back in time to an era of railroading in Nevada. You are free to move about the open and enclosed rail cars. Beautiful mountain scenery including a mining operation that is still working.

Nevada Northern also offers railway yard tours, museum and options to ride with the engineer or in the caboose. Great for all ages of kids who enjoy trains. Bathrooms on board as well as small snack bar.

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http://www.nnry.com/
866-40-STEAM (866-407-8326)

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