Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park

Just For Kids

FOR KIDS

FOR KIDS IN THE PARK

Junior Ranger Program
This program provides children with an opportunity to learn about and interact with the park at their own pace.

After completing a number of activities, participants review their completed books with a park ranger and are sworn in with the Junior Ranger Pledge. He/she then receives an official certificate and Junior Ranger patch. Junior Ranger books are available at any park visitor center. 


Programs with a Ranger
Evening Campfire Programs, offered nightly during the summer, are fun for the entire family. 

Lehman Caves is an amazing playground for your child's imagination! The 60-minute Lehman Caves Tour is recommended for families with small children, as children 4 and younger are not permitted on the 90-minute tour. Please remember that touching cave formations is strictly prohibited. 


Family Adventure Packs

Daypacks, filled with goodies to enhance exploration the park, are available for check-out free of charge at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center.


Out & About

The Mountain View Nature Trail wanders 0.3 miles through the pinyon-juniper forest next to the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. A trail guide, available for check-out at the visitor center, describes the geology and ecology of the area.  

The gentle 0.4 mile loop Island Forest Trail winds through a high alpine forest. Interpretive signs explain how this forest exists, cut off from other forests by distance, elevation, and time.  Begin at the Bristlecone Parking lot at the end of the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. 

A good, longer walk to break in a young hiker is the Alpine Lakes Loop. The 2.7 mile trail passes by two beautiful alpine lakes, Stella and Teresa, providing great views of Wheeler Peak. Begin at the Bristlecone Trail parking lot at the end of the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. Elevation gain of 600 feet (180 m). Day use only.

Plan A Field Trip

We are pleased that you have decided to visit your national park! As guardians of your park, we want to ensure that you and your students enjoy your visit and have a successful, educational experience. Great Basin National Park offers ranger-led walks through Lehman Caves for school groups. Walks are 60 minutes long for elementary and middle school groups. High school and college groups have the option of a 90-minute walk. Cave walks are limited to 25 people. If your group is larger than 25, teachers and chaperones included, you will need to schedule more than one walk. Please plan to have a minimum of one chaperone/teacher per seven students.

In addition to the Lehman Caves guided walk, there is a short film about the cave and a short slide show about the park shown at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. A 1/4-mile self-guided nature trail is also located at the visitor center. Watching the film and slide show and walking the nature trail are a great way to learn a little more about the park. For those with more time and wanting to explore beyond Lehman Caves, there are numerous hiking trails throughout the park. Although we cannot offer guided hikes at this time, talk with the Education Coordinator for suggestions on where to go.