Great Basin National Park in Nevada One of the least visited National Parks, this one boasts premium stargazing and the spectacular Lehman Caves. About four hours due north of Vegas, along some spectacular scenery, we caught our first glimpse of Wheeler Peak, still topped with snow at 13,063 ft. Check this one off the National Parks list! Back when this was the Wild West, Great Basin’s beauty would have been a welcome respite. Hard to believe that we traveled from 90 degrees in Las Vegas this morning to walking on snow in the afternoon! Thanks to the warning, we slowed down and saw a few shy marmots along the edge of this road. A butterfly lands on Arrowleaf Balsamroot. Native Americans used the root to make something like coffee. Quick! 3-2-1 we had to use a timer as we had this park to ourselves. Rock strata juts up what looks like an Easter Island head. Lehman Caves are best known for their shield and parachute formations. Like limestone jellyfish. The colors in these caves are lit only briefly by neutral light. Then the light is shut down so as not to disturb the bats. Among the most beautiful of cave formations, draperies are deposited from calcite-rich solutions flowing along an overhung surface. AKA cave bacon. YUM! Why yes we are! Sue2018-06-06T09:54:29-07:00April 26th, 2018|Nevada|0 Comments Share This Story, Choose Your Platform! FacebookTwitterGoogle+TumblrPinterestEmail Related Posts Leave A Comment Cancel reply Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.