Friday, February 26, 2016
Lehman's Lonely Cave
The Nevada section of Highway 50 has been nicknamed "The Loneliest Road in America." Personally I think that could moniker should count for part of the Utah section as well but whatever. If you research the road much on the interwebs you will find that there were a lot of changes to the route, minor controversies, and a lot of people warning you not to travel this lonely road unless you have Bear Grylls type survival skills. But if you ignore the history and keep a little extra food and water in the car you can find a hidden gem along the route, Lehman Caves.
Lehman Caves can be found inside the Great Basin National Park. Designated a National Park in October of 1986, GBNP sees around 90,000 visitors per year with 50,000 visiting Lehman Caves. This stat makes no sense to me since it really is the highlight of the park but I took that statistic right from the National Park System's web site. I went to see the cave and drive the 12 mile Wheeler Peak scenic drive. Of course nothing ever goes as planned and since we were here for Memorial Day weekend we endured a pretty good snow storm which closed all the roads in the park except the one leading to Lehman Caves Visitor Center. Since I had only one day to explore I had to be happy that I at least got to see the caves.
The caves are lit and are around 45 degrees year round so bring a sweatshirt. There is a point during the tour that they turn off the lights to give you a sense of just how dark it gets inside the Earth. No surprise it's damn dark but way cool at the same time.