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Friday, June 15, 2012

Lehman Caves, Great Basin National Park, Nevada, Part 2

In case you like to partake in one of the Lehman Caves tours at the Great Basin National Park in Nevada, then you would do well to make reservations ahead of time, especially during summer and on holiday weekends.

Tickets can be obtained 30 days in advance either in person at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center, or by phone during business days between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm. Payments are required upon reservation and credit cards are accepted for both. Make sure to pick them up at least 15 minutes before the tour starts or they become invalid and you loose your money.

You would do well to bring a jacket, since it is rather chilly in the cave, and wear shoes with a good traction to prevent slips and falls. You are only allowed to bring a hand-held camera (NOT allowed on the Candlelight Tour) and flashlight, but no food, drinks, pets, strollers, purses, etcetera.

Even though the park does not provide wheelchairs, there are short tours for those with mobility issues. It does mean however the assistance of another person touring the cave, but I don't think you will have a problem finding volunteers. That may be a different story when it comes to children under 16, who must be in the presence of an adult at all times. Grin.

Another thing you need to know is that you have to go through the 'White Nose Syndrome Screening'. This screening ensures that no contamination from other caves you may have visited in the past year is spread through and by apparel or equipment worn or used during those visits.

The rules are there for your protection and to protect the environment as well!

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