If you’re looking for the perfect camping trip in your new or used RV, make plans to head to Great Basin National Park in September – and maybe you’ll love it so much that you’ll want to head back in October for the Annular Eclipse! If you’ve never visited this fantastic national park, you’re in for a treat. Learn more below about this camping destination below!
About the Park
Nevada is more than “just desert” – and Great Basin National Park is no exception! The NPS website shares the following:
From the 13,063-foot summit of Wheeler Peak, to the sage-covered foothills, Great Basin National Park hosts a sample of the incredible diversity of the larger Great Basin region. Come and partake of the solitude of the wilderness, walk among ancient bristlecone pines, bask in the darkest of night skies, and explore mysterious subterranean passages. There’s a whole lot more than just desert here!
Explore everything there is to do at Great Basin National Park here.
September Star Party
Calling all astronomers! If you have an interest in the night sky, you won’t find a more beautiful skyscape than in Nevada. The Annual Astronomy Festival will be held in just a few weeks, and you won’t want to miss it!
The website offers this information:
Great Basin National Park hosts and Annual Astronomy Festival celebrating our night sky during the weekend of the new moon. This year, events will be held from September 14th and continue through September 16th, 2023. We are happy to welcome park visitors to Great Basin to view the night skies together. Everyone can enjoy the night sky in their own way. This year’s festival events will include guest speakers, photo workshops, tours of the Great Basin Observatory (GBO), and other fun programs for families. The park is excited to welcome back amateur astronomer volunteers and their telescopes for an out-of-this-world star party each night of the festival.
Learn more here.
An extremely rare annular solar eclipse follows September’s Astronomy Festival! Make your plans to come back in October for this amazing event!
The website mentions the following:
On October 14, 2023 Great Basin National Park will experience one of the great astronomical events of local history: an Annular Solar Eclipse. This eclipse will obscure a portion of the sun for nearly three hours in the morning of that special Saturday. The next annular eclipse in the United States won’t take place until 2041 making this an incredibly rare occurrence, if not once in a lifetime for many who come to see…As the moon dances across the morning October sky, the sun will be partially obscured while leaving a wondrous “Ring of Fire” and viewers with a phenomenal marvel.
Get more information here.
Camping & Nearby Attractions
Great Basin National Park is within fairly close proximity to several other national parks, monuments, federal reserves, historic areas, and more. You can check out those nearby attractions here, and explore sights to see here and things to do here. Then, make your reservation at one of the campgrounds here.
Before You Go