Pictograph and Lehman Caves

Great Basin National Park

Great Basin is uniquely situated, both nestled in the shadow of 13,063 Wheeler Peak and atop the beautiful Lehman caves.  Pictograph Cave (appropriately named for the ancient art that resides in it) is one of the Lehman string and an impressive totem for the power of the mountain above.

Pictograph Cave provides visitors a chance to travel back in time over 1000 years ago, to a place where the Fremont Indians settled and lived. Using paint, these Native Americans created rock art that has both intrigued and challenged archeologists today. Using simple paints the artists’ depicted scenes of their daily lives. In addition to the rock art, the Fremont people left behind several other artifacts in the cave including animal bones, ashes, charcoal and fire-cracked rocks indicating the cave was used for many other purposes than just painting.

No visit to Great Basin and Pictograph Cave should be complete without spending a night to take in the skies. Low light pollution and a high elevation combine to create some of the best stargazing possible in the U.S. On a clear night thousands of stars, several planets, meteors and the Milky-Way can all be seen with the naked eye.  Perhaps you will get a sense for the inspiration behind some of the art!

When to Go:

Great Basin National Park generally boasts comfortable temperatures year round. If you wish to do some stargazing in the park be aware of the cloud cover and phase of the moon. Stargazing is best on a clear moonless night.

GPS:

N39° 0.3294', W114° 13.1871'

Getting There:

From U.S. Highway 6 & 50, turn south on Nevada State Highway 487 and travel 5 miles to Baker, NV. In Baker turn west on Highway 488 and travel 5 miles to the park.

Road Conditions:

The roads in and around the park are maintained and Great Basin National Park is open year-round.

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