Exploring Lehman Caves

Lehman Cave in Great Basin National Park

Great Basin National Park is situated in the middle of northern Nevada’s Great Basin, miles from anywhere else. Great Basin boasts being father away from a major highway or city than anywhere else in the lower 48 (although I would contend that Isle Royale National Park is more remote).

While I went to Great Basin to climb Wheeler Peak, the Lehman Cave tour was an excellent add-on. The caves have a fascinating history, in terms of how they were formed, and how humans have used, and often abused, the caves. From being accessible to only the heartiest spelunkers to serving as a speakeasy during prohibition, these caves are oozing with history.

Visiting Lehman Caves is all touring and no spelunking, but for these particular caves, you wouldn’t want it any other way.

Moderator’s Note:

Per the National Park website: Lehman Caves may only be entered with a guided tour. Cave tours are offered daily, year round, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Park rangers lead all tours, explaining the history, ecology, and geology of the caves.

Two different guided tours of Lehman Caves are offered, the Lodge Room Tour and the Grand Palace Tour. Reservations are strongly recommended in the summer months, as well as over holiday weekends.


  1. Wilderness Dave says:

    Most excellent Dave! We almost visited Great Basin National Park this year but just didn’t have the time. I’m glad we didn’t try to force it in, it seems to be one of those parks that really takes some time to get to see all it has to offer. The caves sound pretty cool, too bad they won’t let you bring a tripod in….only way to get the really clean shots! 😉

  2. Wilderness Dave says:

    The park website just says there is a “one hour” tour. It doesn’t mention multiple types of tours. I would totally take the longer tour and see as much as possible…I like caves.

  3. This has been on my short list for a long time. We planned to get there this year but it looks like a spring trip is in order. I really need to see this park and the caves before we make the move to CO. That will be a much harder trip to pull off.

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