Anyone who says the Great Basin is a wasteland clearly hasn’t driven across it in the winter, with snow dusting the peaks. This place is beautiful!
Nevada is a big state, and the Great Basin takes up most of it. In fact, the Great Basin is so large that it spills over into neighboring states as well. Its total area is 184,427 square-miles. It is also the largest area of contiguous endorheic watersheds in North America
The Great Basin also hosts the highest and lowest points in the continental USA.
We drove a very small sliver of this area. Interstate 80 across Nevada, to be exact. And this is what it looked like (Feb 2013):