Lehman Caves Visitor Center and Mountain View Nature Trail

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Great Basin National Park

Lehman Caves Visitor Center and Mountain View Nature Trail is a 0.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Baker, Nevada that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.4 miles Elevation Gain: 42 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips






no dogs

Views of surrounding peaks, natural cave entrance, intro to flora of the region I usually wouldn't list this as a hike, but you might have some time to kill while waiting for your tour. The visitor center itself is small, and the videos of the park, while worth watching, are rather short. So, if you are like me, and you do have a bit of extra time, you'll find yourself reading the interpretive signs introducing the flora of the pinyon/scrub area of the Great Basin. You'll read interesting factoids about the Juniper, Mormon Tea, Pinyon, and others. You'll also get to see the natural entrance to Lehman Caves, where once upon a time visitors entered. It's blocked with a gate to allow bats safe passage. If you have the time, the trail is right there.

This is more of a leisurely stroll than a hike but we did enjoy the identification of local plants.

Sat Mar 03 2018

This is more like a short walk, not a hike. The one thing that surprised me about the tundra is if it is moist/wet, you can sink down a little in it and it's slippery, so do be careful of that. We came in the winter, so some areas of the trail were snowy or slippery. The one good thing about this walk is it is available to walk even in the winter, when most of the park is closed.

Sun Jul 02 2017

Friendly people with good info.

Sat Apr 23 2016

Fine, short interpretive trail behind the visitors center. Enjoyed a stroll here after emerging from a couple of hours in my cave, underground.

Sat Jun 21 2014

Easy trail next to the Lehman Caves visitor center.

Tue May 20 2014

There were some signs with information. Other signs had been removed (vandals I suppose). It probably would have been better had we gotten the self guided trail information before going on the hike.

Mon Dec 04 2017