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Overview of Upper Lehman Campground

Upper Lehman Campground is one of several campgrounds located within Great Basin National Park, Nevada. This campground is a popular base for those looking to explore the park's diverse landscapes, from the Lehman Caves to the summit of Wheeler Peak.

Location and Access

Located about 3 miles from the park’s visitor center, Upper Lehman Campground sits at an elevation of approximately 7,300 feet. The access road, Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive, is well-maintained, but visitors should check road conditions during the winter as snow can limit accessibility.

Campground Amenities

  • Sites: The campground features tent and RV sites (no hookups). Each site includes a picnic table, fire ring/grill, and access to restroom facilities.
  • Water: Potable water is usually available during the warmer months. However, visitors should check in advance as services may vary depending on the season.
  • Restrooms: Flush toilets are standard but without shower facilities. They may convert to vault toilets in the winter.
  • Accessibility: Some sites are more accessible than others, so those with specific needs should inquire ahead of time.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: This campground operates on a first-come, first-served basis, so it's advisable to arrive early, especially during the peak season.
  • Fees: There is a nightly fee for each camping site, and the pricing can be confirmed by contacting the park or visiting the National Park Service website for the most recent fee schedule.

Activities and Attractions

Campers at Upper Lehman Campground can indulge in a variety of activities including:

  • Hiking: Trails of varying difficulty are accessible, including the popular Wheeler Peak and Lehman Caves tours.
  • Stargazing: Great Basin National Park is renowned for its dark skies and regularly holds astronomy programs.
  • Wildlife Watching: The park is home to diverse wildlife, including mule deer, mountain lions, and a variety of bird species.
  • Fishing: The nearby Lehman Creek is a spot for fishing if you have the correct permits.

Seasonal Considerations

  • Summer: Expect warm days and cool nights. This is the busiest season, so prepare for more visitors.
  • Winter: Snow can close down roads and reduce access to the campground, turning it into a first-come, first-served, primitive campground.
  • Spring/Fall: These transitional seasons can have unpredictable weather, with a mix of snow, rain, or sunshine.

Tips for a Great Experience

  • Check Weather Forecasts: Weather can be variable, so come prepared for anything.
  • Arrive Early: Since the campground doesn't accept reservations, it's best to get there early to secure a site.
  • Leave No Trace: Be sure to follow leave no trace principles, keeping the park pristine for wildlife and future visitors.
  • Pack Layers: Even in summer, temperatures can drop at night due to the elevation. Warm clothing and adequate sleeping gear are essential.
  • Acclimatize to Altitude: Since the campground is at high elevation, take it easy your first day or two to acclimatize.

Park Regulations

  • Campfires: Check for any campfire restrictions that may be in place, especially during times of high fire danger.
  • Pets: Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.
  • Wildlife: Feeding or approaching wildlife is prohibited – they are wild creatures and should be respected as such.

A visit to Upper Lehman Campground in Great Basin National Park promises an unforgettable outdoor experience, surrounded by the park's unique natural beauty. Always plan ahead and check the National Park Service's information for the most up-to-date details before your visit.

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