Given that more than 75 percent of the state’s population resides in Las Vegas, Nevada looks a lot less crowded on the other side of the Clark County line. For those craving the kind of stark desert wilderness that only the Silver State can provide, Great Basin National Park is a worthy destination. Located about 300 miles from Las Vegas, the 77,180-acre park features ancient bristlecones, limestone caves, the second highest mountain in Nevada, the state’s only glacier, and most importantly, solitude. When one compares Zion National Park’s visitation numbers (almost 4.3 million people in 2016) to Great Basin’s (only 144,846 that same year), it’s easy to see why the isolated high desert locale is worth the longer drive.
And while the remote location might mean fewer dining options, it also results in rustic cafes and the kind of quirky roadside diners that define rural Nevada. Whether Great Basin travelers are camping in the park or staying in nearby Baker or Ely, these restaurants are worth checking out.
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