8 national parks to get you off the beaten track

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Great Basin National Park

Located in Nevada near the Utah border, about a 5-hour drive from Las Vegas, Great Basin National Park is known for its groves of ancient bristlecone pines and numerous limestone caves. The caves are unusual for their profuse natural decorations: “Stalactites, stalagmites, helictites, flowstone, popcorn, and other formations cover almost every surface of the cave.”

Great Basin’s name comes from the fact that it’s a hydrological region, where all precipitation (rain or snowmelt) flows into a basin that either evaporates or drains into an aquifer, never reaching the ocean. It is one of the youngest national parks, created in 1986 by the Reagan administration.

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