Images from Great Basin National Park

Nevada isn’t known for its national parks, but beyond the endless desert landscape, stunning sunsets and glittering casino lights is a natural environment begging to be explored. Great Basin National Park, a half-day’s drive north of Las Vegas on the Utah border, is home to the second highest peak in Nevada, pristine alpine lakes, a rainbow of wildflowers, the darkest sky in the lower 48 states and miles of quiet hiking trails.

It is an underrated, serene national park that I hope to visit again someday. Three days doesn’t even begin to give this hidden secret in the Silver State the justice it deserves.

Despite the haze from the California fires, every view in Great Basin National Park is a good one.

Images from Great Basin National Park

Hidden alpine lakes await in unexpected places along hiking trails.

Images from Great Basin National Park

Even with the sometimes harsh alpine climate, wildlife is abundant.

Images from Great Basin National Park

Aspens grow wild.

Images from Great Basin National Park

The eye-popping colors of the wildflowers can never truly be caught on film.

Images from Great Basin National Park

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Images from Great Basin National Park
JoAnna is a globe-trotting, idea-inventing, culture-collecting creativity connoisseur with big dreams and a desire to touch all seven continents. You can also find JoAnna at joannahaugen.com and at The 52 Letters Project.

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2 Responses

  1. Nomadic Matt says:

    reminds me a lot of colorado

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