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Great Basin National Park is a stunning display of contrast.
At first glance the landscape of the park, with it mile after
mile of desert and pale green shrubs, may strike you as monotonous.
First impressions are deceptive here. In Great Basin National Park
it's the altitude that determines the scenery. As one ascends the
the slopes, of the mountainous park, sage brush gives way to saplings
and the desert yields to an amazing oasis of life.
Thousands of feet above the desert floor this sanctuary abounds
with thick forests, lakes, varieties of animals, and even a species
of trout found nowhere else in the world; Isolated by this island
in the sky. Wheeler Peak soars to over 13,000 feet protecting in
its shadows, a rare sight in any desert, a glacier clinging to its
Perhaps the most popular attraction found at the parks lower
elevation is Lehman Caves. One of the largest limestone caverns
in the United States. Several tours are led through the caves
most days. Great Basin... an oasis of life.
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