After waking up to some of the best stars we had ever seen over Ibex, we hit the road to Great Basin National Park. The road to Great Basin is basically a straight line 40 miles west of Ibex. Once we got to the park, we didn’t really have any plans except a tour of Lehman Caves in the afternoon. I had been to Great Basin as a kid and remembered that the tour of the cave was pretty cool, so I signed us up a few days in advance. This park is different because there is no entrance fee, but there is a fee for the tour. It is only $10 a person and definitely worth it.
We spent the morning driving to Wheeler Peak, hiking around, and hammocking. Unfortunately there was still quite a bit of snow and we just weren’t feeling up to trudging our way through snow on a trail that was barely visible. There is a short little nature trail that is paved, which is great for families with kids, that we decided to walk along. We found some trees to hammock on and took a little nap in the great outdoors. After an hour or so of relaxing, we walked back to the truck and made some grilled cheese in the back of the truck.
It was getting close to our tour time, so we decided to head back to the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. The tour was 90 minutes and took us through several amazing rooms, including the Gothic Cathedral, The Music Room, and the Grand Palace. We really enjoyed our tour and learned quite a bit. We both think this park would be great in the fall because there would be no snow and it wouldn’t be too hot. Not to mention, the beautiful fall colors. Hopefully, we will return someday.