This is What we Saw on the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive: Great Basin National Park's Best Surprise!

Starts at the Park boundary on Nevada Highway 488

Takes you through 12 miles, on an out and back road to the face of Wheeler Peak.

Gain over 4,000 feet in elevation

Leave the desert and see mule deer, marmots, coyotes, and jackrabbits as you climb along the road

Initially drive through never-ending Sagebrush oceans

By 8,000 feet of elevation enter mystic forests of the Pinyon Pine

By 9,000 feet, you have true mountain country. You can smell the sweetness of the fir trees around you!

The last 3 miles are 11000 feet + and Rocky Mountain alpine forest

In 2 hours you have experienced deserts, rainforests and high altitude mountain forests.

You have also likely encountered everything from birds, deer and Bighorn Sheep to black bears and elk.

You have also caught we-inspiring glimpses of the peaks of the South Snake Range