2017 GREAT BASIN NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA EVENTS
For more Great Basin National Heritage Area event information, please call 775-234-7171 or visit greatbasinheritage.org
Lehman Caves Tours
Famous for its abundant shield formations, Lehman Caves is a single cavern, despite its name. It extends a quarter-mile into the limestone and marble that flank the base of the Snake Range. Enjoy a ranger led tour of Lehman Caves in Great Basin National Park. Cave tours are offered daily, year-round, except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. Park rangers lead all tours and explain the history, ecology, and geology of the caves. Two different guided tours of Lehman Caves are offered — the Lodge Room Tour and the Grand Palace Tour.
To make your reservation go to: https://www.nps.gov/grba/planyourvisit/cave-tours.htm
14th Annual Sheepherders’ Ball
The Old Sheepherders Gathering at the Border Inn in Baker brings together sheepherders, ranchers, trappers, truckers of sheep, and the like who work in the seep industry, along with members of their families, to swap stories, poems, lies, and nuggets of unrecorded history.
Location: The Border Inn, a landmark on Highways US50/6 at the Utah line
Contact: White Pine County Tourism & Recreation Board at 775-289-372o, 800-496-9350, or elynevada.net
April through October
Astronomy Programs at Great Basin National Park
Learn about the formation of the universe and see planets, stars, galaxies and nebulae in the night sky. Programs begin with a ranger talk at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center followed by ranger led telescope viewing. No telescope is required as the Park will have them available.
Third weekend in June
Snake Valley Festival
Lots of family friendly events will be held throughout the Snake Valley Festival weekend, such as an ice cream social, parade, yard sale, kids’ games, booths, cowboy poetry, breakfast, barbeque dinner, karaoke, and a trail run/walk. Other events include a wine tasting party, silent and live auctions, and music. The Snake Valley Festival coincides with the Astronomy Festival June 14-16 at Great Basin National Park, and participants will be able to attend programs at both festivals. The Snake Valley Festival is held each year to raise funds to protect rural Nevada’s water and way of life. Proceeds will go to the Great Basin Water Network to cover legal expenses, expert witnesses, and studies about the Great Basin area.
Location: Baker, near Great Basin National Park
Centennial Astronomy Festival
Great Basin National Park has some of the best air quality in the nation which translates to clear daytime skies, and incredibly dark night skies. Join park rangers and experience out of this world family fun, excitement, and learn about day and nighttime astronomy. There will be many telescopes of different makes, shapes, and sizes for you and your family to look at the sun, stars, planets and other deep sky objects including nebulae and galaxies.
Great Basin National Park 775 234-7331 or BestNightSky.com