Great Basin National Park
Great Basin National Park sits in the middle of the vast empty landscape of the great basin. It's famed for having some of the darkest night skies in the lower 48 states. I was not able to enjoy the view of the stars when I visited because the air was thick with dust and smoke. Great Basin NP is one of the more interesting places to stop along the "Loneliest Road" route 50 through Nevada and Utah. The park has no entrance fees and the campgrounds are cheap with plentiful sites. Ely Nevada is the closest place to the park with a grocery store. It's a beautiful well maintained park and it's empty. Lehman Caves seemed to be where about 90% of the park visitors were headed. Aside from the cave parking area I saw maybe 3 or 4 other vehicles. There is a nice paved road that goes to a high altitude viewpoint of Wheeler peak which is the second tallest mountain in Nevada. The scenery in Great Basin isn't exactly stunning but it's pretty. I would like to go back some day when the skies are clear.
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