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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Camping At The Great Basin National Park, Nevada Part 2

There are a few things you need to know before going camping at Great Basin National Park in Nevade: cell phones usually do not work here, there is no internet access and gas stations and grocery stores are sparse and often huge distances apart.

There are no hookups on any of the campsites and when you build a fire, make sure to do it in the designated fire pits and to keep an eye on it.

You can use dead and/or fallen wood for your fire, but you are not allowed to cut any wood or collect it above an elevation of 10,000 feet and bristlecone pine wood, on the ground or otherwise, is strictly forbidden for any usage.

A clean camp is essential and it is advised not to leave any food out in order not to attract dangerous or unwanted wildlife such as mountain lions, coyotes, bob cats and skunks.

You can bring a bicycle, but be aware to only ride it on the roads and not on the trails. No ATV's and AT cycles are allowed and vehicles must stay on the road and designated parking areas at all times.

When you plan on going hiking or backpacking then stay on the trails as much as possible. Since cross-country hiking might be in order, acquire maps of the area which are sold at the Visitor center or can be ordered by mail from the Great Basin Natural History Association.

It would also be wise to fill out a voluntary backcountry registration form, get the latest information on the conditions of weather and trails and prepare yourself for snow, electrical storms, hypothermia, dehydration, altitude sickness and sun exposure.

You need to have a Nevada state fishing license for fishing and are prohibited to use live bait. When using your catch for a meal, remember to bury the entrails and any other left overs.

This is a gorgeous, but delicate and well-balanced environment and by causing as little damage and disturbance as possible, you will help keeping it that way!

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