The Grand Basin National Park encompasses a total area of 77,180 acres in White Pine County, Nevada. The park was established October 1986 and is managed by the National Park Service. The main entrance to the park can be accessed by using Nevada State Route 488, which is connected to U.S. 50 and U.S. Routes 6 by Nevada State Route 487 through Baker. The town of Baker is an unincorporated community in White Pine County.
The park is also located approximately 290 miles north of Las Vegas. The Grand Basin National Park gets its name from the Great Basin, the dry and mountainous area sandwiched between the Wasatch Mountains and the Sierra Nevada. This whole area is topographically known as the Basin and Range Province. Besides the topographical beauty of this area, you will find a wide variety of flora and fauna to discover in this area.
Among the wildlife species, you will find approximately 18 species of reptiles, two species of amphibians, eight species of fish, 238 species of birds, and sixty-one species of mammals. As for the plant species, you will find over 800 plant species. Some of the plant species that you will find near the visitor center include Single-Leaf Pinyon, Sagebrush, Utah Juniper, and Saltbush.
Other plant species that you will find within the park include Quaking Aspen, White Fir, Mountain Meadows, Englemann Spruce, and Large Ponderosa Pine. If you decide to visit this park, you can bring your dog along with you, but you should be aware that several restrictions could limit your experience of the park. For example, dogs are not allowed in Lehman Caves or at evening programs.
Additionally, dogs and other pets are not generally not permitted on trails and on backcountry areas of the park. Exceptions to this rule include Lexington Arch Trail and the trail between Baker and the visitor center. In these areas and in all other areas of the park, dog owners are expected to keep their pets leashed at all times. Dogs are permitted on campgrounds, the visitor center, and along most roads.