Mountain View Nature Trail

Just outside the Lehman Caves Visitor Center at Great Basin National Park is the Mountain View Nature Trail, a short and easy informative trail that takes visitors through a pinyon-juniper forest.

 

Rhodes Cabin

The trail runs 0.3 miles and starts at the historic Rhodes Cabin near the visitor center. The cabin was built in the 1920s as one of several to provide accommodations for visitors to the Lehman Caves. An interpretive exhibit is located inside.

Rhodes Cabin on the Mountain View Nature Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Rhodes Cabin

 

The Trail

The trail has a few species of trees marked with interpretive panels, and you might be able to spot a few critters along the way.

Mountain View Nature Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Mountain View Nature Trail

Mountain View Nature Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

A lizard on the trail

The scenery is pleasant and the views are wonderful. If you’re interested in learning about the ecology of the park, the visitor center loans out trail guides.

Mountain View Nature Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

View from the trail

Mountain View Nature Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Mountain View Nature Trail

Mountain View Nature Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Mountain View Nature Trail

 

Lehman Caves

The trail also passes by the natural opening of the Lehman Caves, which is topped with a protective cage-like structure that allows bats to easily enter and exit the cave. Early visitors to the park would climb down the hole to access the cave system. The current entrance was created in 1939 to provide easier access.

Natural opening of the Lehman Caves at Mountain View Nature Trail at Great Basin National Park, Nevada

Natural opening of the Lehman Caves

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