First, a little information about the park, it was made into a National Park in 1986. It is one of the younger ones, and it distresses me a bit to know that I am older than a National Park. The kicker, there are younger ones........
Lehman Cave, a major feature of the park, has been a National Monument since the 1930's and got the upgrade into the National Park category. The park is one of the least visited of the park system and it is understandable due to its location. To access the park, you drive at least part of the Loneliest Road in America, the section of Highway 50 from Ely, Nevada and Delta, Utah. The closest town to the park is Baker, Nevada and it is a blink and you'll miss it kind of town...
Now, onto the fun stuff, this was a camping trip! Vault toilets, no sinks, tent camping and bliss.....
We stayed at the Upper Lehman Campground, campsite #10, and my only beef with it was the fact they do not accept reservations, so it is first come, first serve. Arrive early and get your campsite first, because every night, the campground filled up. Exploring the park, I found a campground, that if you don't mind be at 9800 ft elevation, would be stunning--Wheeler Campground. Just an idea....
Upper Lehman Campground is at 7500 ft and the difference in elevation made a difference to some.
|A visitor to our campsite.|
|it should also include a theft warning.....|
|The Pinnacle of our hike, an ancient Bristlecone Pine in the grove|
|A wildflower near Lake Teresa|
|High Turkeys....I've never seen them at 10000 ft.|
|Wheeler Peak, the 2nd highest peak in Nevada|
|as you enter...|
|see that light in the distance? it's the original entrance|
|Before regulations, a movie was actually filmed at the point of the cave|
|Another amazing formation in the cave|
The drive from Salt Lake was not too long and including part of the Loneliest Road in America.
|a stretch of Highway 50|
My list of parks now visited is growing, and I have loved all of them, and if it was not for the fact that my list remains incomplete, I would go back to each and every one of them.......
No longer smelling of Campfire Smoke after a Long Shower,