White, snow-covered Wheeler Peak, the highest point at 13,063 feet, is seen off in the distance in the next two photos...
The Great Basin area has been occupied for over 12,000 years, the first people being the Paleo-Indians. The Fremont lived here about 1500 years ago followed by the Shoshone about 700 years ago, and Shoshone descendants still live in the area today. There are 11 species of conifers and over 800 species of plants in the park, with arid plants such as sagebrush, juniper, and pinyon in the lower areas and White Fir, Quaking Aspen, spruce, and Ponderosa Pine up higher.
The Desert Shrub Life Zone is at 5000-6000 feet elevation, then Sagebrush Life Zone at 6-7,000 feet, the Pinon-Juniper Zone at 7-8,000 feet, the Montane Zone at 8-11,000 feet, and the Alpine Zone from 11-15,000+ feet.
...and a family of deer were residing in the trees just 20 yards from my tent, and every day they walked right past me as I sat in my camp chair, looking at me but completely at ease with my presence.
There are 65 miles of trails n the park offering access to the mountains, glacial moraines, and alpine lakes, but the greatest attraction at the park is Lehman Caves, located at the flank of the mountain but still at an altitude of 6800 feet. The caves extend 1.5 miles in length and were formed when higher water tables during the Ice Age made pockets in the limestone. Park Rangers give fabulous tours of the caves, explaining what you are seeing with the flowstone, stalactites and stalagmites, and delicate white crystals that grow in the darkness. Here are a few photos, and more in of can be found on my page here.