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Friday, June 15, 2012

Lehman Caves, Great Basin National Park, Nevada

You will probably not know where to look due to all the beautiful and amazing scenery which will appear in front of your eyes, but while you are at the Great Basin National Park, there is one attraction you must add to your experiences: the Lehman Caves.

Once you enter The Lehman Caves, you will be marveled from beginning to end by the incredibly formed stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, flowstone, popcorn, and more then 300 other rare formations, which have formed over thousands of years.

The caves are named after Absalom S. Lehman who is said to have discovered them in 1885. He settled down on Weaver Creek in the late 1860s and started ranching. How exactly he stumbled upon the caves is not entirely clear and it is even questionable that he was the first to set foot in them.

The suspicion is that Native Americans knew of the cave's existence based on the evidence in the form of bones, buried beneath the cave's entrance and that silver and gold diggers may have found it on their quest for these minerals.

The Lehman Caves are open the entire year from 8.00 am until 4:30 pm, but are closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day and you can take part in one of the three guided tours which are offered.

The Lodge Room tour takes about an hour and takes place at 8:30am, 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm and 4:00pm during the summer and at 11:00am and 3:00pm during winter. The costs are $8.00 per adult, $4.00 for children age 5-15, $4.00 for Golden Age/Senior Pass, 50% of for Golden Access card holders and infants and toddlers are free.

The Grand Palace Tour lasts for about 90 minutes and requires children to be older then 5 years of age. The tours are schedule at 9:00am, 11:00am, 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm in the summer and at 9:00am and 1:00pm in the winter. Adults pay $10.00 for this tour, for children 5-15 years old an entrance fee of $5.00 is required, Golden Age/Senior Pass holders pay $5.00 and there is 50% off for Golden Access cardholders. Infants and toddlers are not allowed.

The Candlelight Tour lasts for up to an hour and requires you be at least 12 years or older. These tours, which make use of historic candle lanterns, are only held on some weekend days during the summer months and are not available on holiday weekends. More info will follow soon!

See also:
Lehman Caves Part 2

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