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 statesĀ 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.

View from Great Basin National Park Nevada

Hidden alpine lakes await in unexpected places along hiking trails.

Alpine Lake in Great Basin National Park Nevada

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

Chipmunk in Great Basin National Park

Aspens grow wild.

Aspen Trees in Great Basin National Park

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

Purple Wildflowers in Great Basin National Park Nevada

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