Mountains in Great Basin National Park. Copyright © Frank Kovalchek. Image used under Creative Commons 2.0 License.

Great Basin National Park was established in 1986 and is located in east-central Nevada near the Utah border.  The park derives its name from the Great Basin, the dry and mountainous region between the Sierra Nevada and the Wasatch Mountains.  The park is located approximately 290 miles north of Las Vegas and protects 77,180 acres.  The park is notable for its groves of ancient bristlecone pines, the oldest known non-clonal organisms; and for the Lehman Caves at the base of 13,063-foot Wheeler Peak.  (Source: Wikipedia, Image: Frank Kovalchek)

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