WELCOME to Great Basin National Heritage Area

The Great Basin National Heritage Area is a geographical region located in both Nevada and Utah, and encompasses White Pine County, Nevada, and Millard County, Utah and adjacent Indian reservations that contains nationally significant archaeological, historical, cultural, natural, and scenic features that are emblematic of the entire Great Basin Area. This website will help you learn more about the Great Basin National Heritage Area, its important heritage features, how to best visit the area, and how to become involved with the organization that helps coordinate promotion of the Great Basin area and its heritage. National Heritage Areas are designated by congress in recognition of the contributions they make in making up the unique fabric of our country. There are more than forty such Areas in the United States, including the Great Basin National Heritage Area. Designation confers no authority to manage or regulate land use in any way.

Great Basin history, heritage, and adventure:

Topaz Camp
Over 11,000 people of Japanese ancestry were held at Topaz internment Camp from September 1942 to October 1945. Two thirds were American Citizens. The camp, located near Delta, Utah,  is a National Historic Landmark, and a museum honoring the internees is in its final stages of construction in Delta.

Wheeler Peak
At 13,063 feet, Wheeler Peak is the second highest peak in Nevada, and a hike to the top on a clear day affords views stretching well over 100 miles in every direction. Wheeler Peak is one of many spectacular natural features in the Great Basin National Heritage Area.

Duckwater Shoshone
The Duckwater Shoshone are one of several American Indian tribes that call Great Basin their home. Visitors are welcome to enjoy the Big Warm Spring, which was restored by the tribe in partnership with state and federal agencies.

Sheep Herding
The sagebrush covered valleys of the Great Basin National Heritage Area have long been the winter range for thousands of sheep. Sheepherding heritage is celebrated the third weekend of January at The Old Sheepherders Gathering in Baker, Nevada.