Great Basin National Park is one of the least visited national parks. It is not for lack of beauty or serenity. It is simply because it is in the middle of nowhere. If you do venture here, you will be rewarded with spectacular scenery and a very diverse landscape. Ranging from bucolic meadows and streams to alpine forests.
This morning we said good bye to Moab, Utah. We hit the road bright and early and headed for Great Basin National Park. En route we decided to stop and do an afternoon activity. A while back we had seen a show on the Travel Channel called “Cash and Treasures”. On this particular episode they had featured the U-Digg Trilobite mine in Delta Utah. This place is in the middle of no where. It is 20 miles off highway 50 (the loneliest road in America) The whole trip down highway 50 we were enveloped in a major dust storm. 60 Mile per hour winds were sand blasting our RV and jeep the whole day. When we arrived at the road to the mine, we found it to be a rough gravel road that was beating us up badly. We decided that the only option was to ditch the RV and take the jeep. Once in the jeep we had no problems. The mine itself was at the base of a mountain range which provided so much needed protection from the dust storm.
This morning we took a tour of Lehman Caves at Great Basin National Park. I have to admit that I was a little less than excited about this but the kids were psyched. Wow, was I wrong. This was better than anything Walt Disney could have thought up. It was actually unbelievable that something this beautiful and ornate could have been created by rocks and water. The rest of the day was spent driving to Lake Tahoe. Nothing too interesting. Enjoy the pics.