( Writing this from Farmington, New Mexico on Oct. 23. )
We camped at Great Basin for nine days and enjoyed them all, even the two days and nights it rained.We both love thunderstorms and thunder at 7800 feet between two mountains sounds like being at the pin-end of a giant bowling lane. The top of the mountain we were on was 10,600 feet, so the rain turned to snow up there, with the lows at our elevation at 35 degrees. It was the day before we left and after the snow and rain that we hiked to the Bristlecones ( they grow at elevations above 9500 feet). It was 37 degrees when we started up and 34 when we got back, but we were dressed for it and it was great. To start the hike, you drive up past our campground to 9600feet and then hike up to 10,500 feet. How cool is that? Here's an assortment of pictures of our week there, besides the ones from the last post of our all-day adventure with Shorty and Hazie.
The campsite looks small, but there was a picnic table and fire ring behind the camper, and behind that a stream.