Just across the border from Utah, Great Basin National Park encapsulates the scenery of the Nevada desert, from angular peaks to high mountain meadows cut by fast-flowing streams. Guided tours from the visitor centre at Lehman Caves, five miles west of tiny Baker, explore limestone caves that are densely packed with intriguing formations. Beyond the caves, a twelve-mile road climbs the east flank of the bald, usually snowcapped Wheeler Peak, where trails lead past alpine lakes and through a grove of gnarled, ancient bristlecone pines to the 13,063ft summit. Off-track cross-country skiing is excellent in winter.

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