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For those particularly interested in the stars, take advantage of the park’s weekly astronomy programs, where rangers offer star-themed talks and viewing opportunities through park-provided telescopes, or workshops offered during the summer Astronomy Festival.

Compared to the height of Wheeler Peak and the age of the bristlecone pines, Great Basin National Park has a way of making a person feel small and young. But before too long, it will be time to pack up, start your car again and drive another 200 or more miles back into a world where someone collects money for firewood, reservations are a must and the night sky is just that thing above your head. 

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