The best camping near Great Basin National Park

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Remote high desert park is home to peaks, caves, ancient bristlecones, and dark night skies  

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Schellraiser

92 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents80 acres · Mc Gill, NV
The Schellraiser music festival offers a variety of seasonal camping options on our 80-acre private campground in the cool high desert of far Eastern Nevada's Steptoe Valley, near the small town of McGill. Our Lotus Belle-brand bell tents are solar powered and fully furnished, with king-, queen- and twin-size beds, Avocado-brand mattresses, rugs, loveseats, floor lamps, charging ports and wi-fi service. Our campground also features two solar-powered shipping container homes; the larger of the two homes also has a small kitchen area and now serves as our clubhouse from Thursday through Sunday nights. Car camping and pitch-your-own-tent sites without power are available, as well, as are furnished yurts without power. We currently have a heated six-unit restroom/shower trailer on site. PLEASE READ CAREFULLY, TO ENSURE THAT OUR CAMPGROUND MEETS YOUR EXPECTATIONS: We are a totally off-grid campground, in an extremely remote part of rural Eastern Nevada. To reach our campground, you must travel eight-tenths of a mile off the main highway, on a dirt road that is susceptible to flooding from record snowmelt from April to mid-July during wet years. Drivers with Teslas and other low-clearance vehicles are strongly advised to look elsewhere for lodging; Subaru drivers may actually enjoy the brief trip out. PLEASE READ ALL CHECK-IN INSTRUCTIONS, OUR FIRE BAN ADVISORY AND CAMPGROUND RULES BEFORE YOU BOOK YOUR STAY WITH US. ABOUT THE AREA: Schellraiser is just minutes away from the High Schells and Bristlecone wilderness areas, and within an hour's drive of Nevada's wildest mountain and desert scenery. High peaks, rugged canyons, wild rock formations, natural hot springs and ghost towns are all around us, and the surrounding area is teeming with wildlife, including the state's largest elk herd. ABOUT US: We're the home base of the annual Schellraiser micro-fest, which brings bands like Ladytron, Mercury Rev, Blonde Redhead, Asleep At The Wheel, The Joy Formidable, Blitzen Trapper, Old 97's, Houndmouth, Death Valley Girls, Titus Andronicus, Nikki Lane, Shannon Shaw and BRONCHO to the nearby McGill Pool Park each June.
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Hidden Canyon's Glamping Cabins

5 sites · Lodging375 acres · Baker, NV
Want a unique glamping experience close to Great Basin National Park? Hidden Canyon is it. Located 19 miles from Lehman Caves in Great Basin National Park, Hidden Canyon a sprawling 375 acres. Walk the land, sit in the orchards, watch the deer and turkeys roam, swim in the pool, shop in the small grocery store, get back in touch with nature, while still enjoying some creature comforts. This entire area is known for its night sky, so sit back and watch the show.Hidden Canyon is in Nevada but the closest town for reference is Garrison, Utah. A seven mile dirt/gravel road is required to access the property. 4x4 is not necessary.
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The best camping near Great Basin National Park guide

Overview

About

Located in central-eastern Nevada near the border with Utah, Great Basin National Park is one of the least visited national parks in the country. It’s home to the stunning Lehman Caves, ancient bristlecone pine forests, alpine lakes, a glacier, the second highest peak in the state, Wheeler Peak, diverse ecosystems, and some of the darkest night skies in the country. Visitors can enjoy scenic drives, hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, fishing, and wildlife spotting. In the winter, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are popular. The park offers five developed campgrounds and primitive camping options along Snake River. Backcountry camping is also available.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for RVs and year-round access: The Lower Lehman Creek Campground is the only campground open year-round and offers 11 sites, including a few pull-through sites for RVs.
  • Best for hikers: The Upper Lehman Creek Campground is just a short drive from the high alpine trails leading into the Snake Range and offers 23 sites.
  • Best for groups: The Grey Cliffs Campgrounds offers five designated spaces for large groups.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. During peak season, plan to make a reservation, which are required at Upper and Lower Lehman and Wheeler Peak campgrounds, as soon as you know your dates. Campsites can be reserved up to one month in advance. 
  2. If your plans are flexible, try to visit during the week or during non-holiday periods. The park is open year round, though  Lower Lehman Creek campground is the only developed campground open all year.
  3. If you don’t need amenities and have a high-clearance vehicle, consider the year-round primitive campgrounds along Snake Creek (subject to snow closures).

When to go

June through September are the most popular times to visit the park, although it rarely gets crowded. Thunderstorms can be common in summer afternoons. Plan to hike earlier in the day to avoid them, especially at higher elevations. Visit in September and October for dazzling fall colors. Snow can fall as early as October and last through May. Lehman Cave tours are available year-round, except for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years, though tours in the winter visit a more limited area.

Know before you go

  • The park is in a remote location. The last place to stock up is in Baker, five miles away. 
  • There are no fees to enter the park, but fees are required for stays at certain campgrounds and for tours of the Lehman Caves. Reservations can be made up to 30 days in advance for cave tours, and strongly encouraged over the summer.
  • Bring layers. Park temperatures can vary greatly between elevations and from day to night.
  • There are no hookups or shower facilities at Great Basin National Park. A seasonal dump station, potable water, and trash are available near the main entrance.
  • Fires are only permitted in provided fire rings in campgrounds, and on bare soil or shallow snow pits in the backcountry below 10,000 feet. The park does not sell firewood.
  • There is no wifi and only limited cell phone coverage in the park.

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