10 Hidden Gems Of Great Basin National Park In Nevada
Located beneath the 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak, Great Basin National Park in Nevada is, surprisingly, one of the least-visited National Parks in the U.S. Not far from the Loneliest Road in the America (Highway 50), this remote paradise offers solitude for those who want to camp, hike, or simply enjoy the beautiful backcountry in peace and quiet. At this 77,180-acre park, you will find geological oddities, mountain streams, alpine lakes, and these hidden gems:
Cultural relics, nature, art … Great Basin National Park is full of hidden gems! So, when are you going to visit? Tell us your plans in the comments!
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What are the best state parks in Nevada?
Nevada is home to a spectacular 27 state parks and recreation areas. Each one is absolutely wonderful in its own right; of course, there are some that see more visitors every year than others (though we do love the underrated underdogs). The most popular state parks in Nevada (which one might logically argue are the “best” as agreed upon by millions of people) include Great Basin National Park, which, okay, is a National Park, but still. Then, there’s the Van Sickle Bi-State Park, which is in the woods around beautiful Lake Tahoe. It’s an amazing testament to the beauty of Nevada’s landscape, and it’s easy to see why this park is so loved by locals and visitors alike. Cathedral Gorge State Park is another beloved, jaw-dropping state park in Nevada that everyone should visit at least once in their lives. Thanks to the volcanic activity taking place millions of years ago, Cathedral Gorge State Park is a fascinating geological wonderland featuring odd valleys, canyons, and other formations sure to baffle and amaze you. Other popular parks include Washoe Lake State Park (who knew Nevada has so many lakes?), Cave Lake State Park, Kershaw-Ryan State Park, and many others. For more Nevada state park goodness, check this article out.
What are the most popular hiking trails in Nevada?
Would you believe it if we told you that Nevada is home to more than 900 amazing hiking, biking, walking, and biking trails, all of which are awesome and definitely need to be explored ASAP? Well, it’s true – and though they’re all wonderful, there are still some that tend to get more hype than others. According to our friends at AllTrails.com, the most popular hike in Nevada is the amazing Calico Tanks Trail, which you can find nestled within the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. This trail is rated as moderately challenging and is 2.2 miles long. The sandstone formations along the way are to die for! Then, there’s the Mary Jane Falls Trail, within the Mount Charleston Wilderness. This trail is a little longer, at 3.9 miles long, and is open from April to December. Finally, the third most popular hiking trail in Nevada is the Monkey Rock Trail, located inside the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. It’s 2.6 miles of amazing views, including a rock that looks like, well, a monkey.