Finding Solitude in Great Basin National Park in Nevada
Sometimes you just want to get away from it all. And I mean ALL! James and I recently returned from a trip to Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada, where we did just that.
We've been touring many lesser-traveled national parks in "Parky," a Limited Edition National Park Foundation Travato. But I have to say, of all the parks we've visited, this one wins the 'most remote' award. You'll get a feel for just how remote in the video ... from highways leading to the park with no services for 80+ miles, to the empty visitor center lot, to the rugged road that took us deep into the wild and lonely southern end. Great Basin National Park was such a unique and wonderful experience of true solitude in nature, I'm already longing for a return visit.
Good to Know If You Go to Great Basin
Like many national parks, Great Basin has size limitations for RVs on their park roads. You can certainly get a large RV to the park's two main campgrounds on the park road, but the famous Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive beyond the campground is closed to anything longer than 24 feet. The scenic drive is a steep and winding paved road that's about 12 miles long with an average grade of 8%. Many hikes are off that road, and we were thankful to be rolling in Parky so we had no limitations on where we could go in the park.
You'll also see us take Parky 'off the beaten path' in the video, to a section of the park off Snake Creek Road. The road starts as gravel and then becomes a single lane rugged dirt road. There are also signs on that road warning that longer vehicles aren't allowed. But, if you have a smaller RV and you enjoy remote camping, we totally recommend this area. You'll see the site we chose in the video, and we felt like we were the only humans around for miles. It was glorious!!!
Put This Park On Your Radar!
From the ancient Bristlecone pines to the only glacier in Nevada to the amazing Lehman Cave tour, there is so much to see and do at Great Basin. Of all the parks we've toured so far this year, I think this is the one that impacted me the most. There's a hashtag park lovers use over on Instagram, #findyourpark. I think I just found mine.
Hope to see you on the road!
Stefany Adinaro from www.thefitrv.com