Watch The Desert Bloom

“I hold no preference among flowers, so long as they are wild.”  Edward Abbey


Flora to See

  • Desert Mallow
  • Paintbrush
  • Penstemon
  • Crimson Columbine
  • Montain Bluebells
  • Lupine
  • Sego Lilies
  • Prickly Pear Cactus


When & Where to see Desert Flowers

  • Baker Creek Trail: Flowers begin to bloom in Spring and continue through summer months at higher elevations along this trail.  
  • Lehman Creek Campgrounds: Keep yours eye peeled to open areas and along the creek.
  • Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive: This scenic drive is often lined with wildflowers through the summer months. 
  • Wheeler Peak Campgrounds and Island Forest Trail: Both are great places where you can "stroll" to view alpine wildflowers during summer months.

Wildlife Viewing in Great Basin

“The extreme clarity of the desert light is equaled by the extreme individuation of desert life forms.” - Edward Abbey

Inhabitants of Great Basin

  • Mule Deer
  • Yellow-bellied Marmot
  • Bighorn Sheep
  • Mountain Lion
  • Bobcat


When & Where to View Wildlife

  • Mule deer can be seen throughout Great Basin National Park - be alert for deer crossing the road.
  • Yellow-bellied marmots can be seen along the Baker Creek Road - there is even a "Marmot Crossing".
  • Although very elusive, you might be lucky enough to see a mountain lion or a bobcat .
  • You will see more wild turkeys than you've ever seen - in campgrounds, along the roads and in the trees.

Birdwatching In Great Basin

“If I had to choose, I would rather have birds than airplanes.” Charles Lindberg


Birds of Great Basin

  • Bald Eagle
  • Red-tailed Hawk
  • Western Meadowlark
  • Barn Swallow
  • Green-tailed Towhee
  • Dark-eyed Junco
  • Red-naped Sapsucker
  • Stellar's Jays
  • Clark's Nutcrackers
  • Cooper's Hawk
  • Too many to list!


When & Where to View Birds

  • Sagebrush Grasslands on your way from Baker to Great Basin National Park.
  • Lehman Creek, Upper Lehman Creek Campground.
  • Wheeler Peak Campground, Alpine Lake Loop and Bristlecone pine Interpretive Site.
  • Lehman Caves Visitor Center is a great place to watch barn swallows!

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