Baker Correspondence – June 2019

Snake Valley Festival The eleventh annual Snake Valley Festival will be held June 6-9, 2019 in Baker. This fun-filled event has lots of fun features, plus it's a fund raiser for the Great Basin Water...

Baker Correspondence – April 2019

Spring Awakening in Baker Baker is coming back to life with businesses reopening, more cave tours offered, snow melting, and wildflowers emerging. T&D's restaurant, lounge, and convenience store is now open for lunch and dinner....

Baker Correspondence – February 2019

Sheepherders' Gathering a Success Foks traveled from as far as 700 miles to make it to the 16th annual Sheepherders' Gathering at the Border Inn. Friday night offered up fun stories about sheepherding (mis)adventures, music,...

Baker Correspondence – January 2019

Sixteenth Annual Old Sheepherders' Gathering January might be cold, but that doesn't keep folks who love sheep from gathering at the Border Inn...

Baker Correspondence – November 2018

Quiet Times Baker slows down tremendously in November, with many local businesses closed. The Great Basin Visitor Center is also closed, but the Lehman Caves Visitor Center in Great Basin National Park remains open year...

Baker Correspondence – September 2018

Tourism is slowing down in Baker, but it's a month of great events! Snake Valley Festival September kicks off with the Snake Valley Festival through September 3. Highlights on September 1 include a pancake breakfast at...

Baker Correspondence – August 2018

Summer is still in full swing in August in Baker, with lots of park visitors enjoying the beautiful scenery, cave tours, and astronomy programs. Kids go back to school in mid-August, and locals prepare...

Baker Correspondence – July 2018

Escaping the heat is a priority in the hot month of July. A great place to escape both the heat and crowds is Hendry’s Creek in the North Snake Range. This creek is home...

Baker Correspondence – June 2018

Beetle BioBlitz Great Basin National Park will host its 10th Annual BioBlitz on June 12-14, 2018. This year focuses on beetles (Order Coleoptera), and Nevada State Entomologist Jeff Knight will lead participants to find beetles...

Baker Correspondence – May 2018

Branding Time Every weekend in May is a branding event, when the calves are separated from their moms to get their vaccinations, ear tags and castration. Some ranches will brand their calves, while others mark...

Baker Correspondence – April 2018

Awakening Spring is here, and Baker is awakening out of its winter slumber! A number of businesses are reopening for the season. The Great Basin Café at Lehman Caves Visitor Center in Great Basin National...

Baker Correspondence – February 2018

Winter Wildlife At first glance, it might seem like all the animals have disappeared in February. But it doesn’t take long before you can start finding wildlife, although it might take a little extra effort. One...

Baker Correspondence – December 2017

Need an excuse to get outside in December? Join your local Christmas Bird Count, and not only do you get fresh air, you also help provide data for the longest-run citizen science project in the...

Baker Correspondence – November 2017

November ushers in colder weather, but that doesn’t stop people from going out for the annual turkey shoot. We don’t shoot turkeys, but those who have the highest scores shooting targets win frozen turkeys....

Baker Correspondence – October 2017

With cooler temperatures and snow at the highest elevations, it’s clear that winter is on its way. Autumn, though, will persist throughout the month, and it’s one of the best times to visit Baker,...

Baker Correspondence – September 2017

A September is one of the most beautiful months to visit Baker and the surrounding area. With the cooler temperatures and shorter days, the leaves start changing color, beginning at tree line and working their...

Baker Correspondence – August 2017

Life Returns to the Strawberry Fire Area It’s been a year since the Strawberry Fire, which burned over 4,000 acres of National Park Service and BLM land at the north end of the South Snake...

Baker Correspondence – July 2017

Nevada's Last Glacier July is one of the busiest months in Baker, with hotel rooms, cave tours, and developed campgrounds at capacity. You can still enjoy your visit by booking ahead (for lodging options and...

Baker Correspondence – June 2017

Baker is busy in June! Fortunately, all the local businesses are up and running. One of the new offerings is the Great Basin Café, up next to the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. Hours are...

Baker Correspondence – May 2017

The flowers are blooming, and you can enjoy them over a longer distance as the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive in Great Basin National Park is plowed this month. During the winter it is open...

Baker Correspondence – April 2017

April is a wonderful month to be in Baker. Flowers are blooming, snow is melting up in the mountains, and the temperatures are very comfortable. Visitors are coming, and the town is reawakening from...

Baker Correspondence – February 2017

Lehman Caves Lint and Restoration Camp It’s winter, which means visitation is low, despite a record-breaking 130,000 visitors to Great Basin National Park last year. That makes it an ideal time for the annual Lehman...

Baker Correspondence – January 2017

Cross-country Skiing January is a great time to head out cross-country skiing, especially with the snow we’re hoping to get soon in and around Baker. A good place to go is the Baker Creek area...
Great Basin National Park

Baker Correspondence – December 2016

Holiday Festivities help make the long nights sparkle in and near Baker The annual EskDale Banquet, with food, singing, orchestra, and a holiday play are held December 8 and 9. For more info, call 435-209-0065....
Beautiful November skies over Baker Nevada

Baker Correspondence – November 2016

November is a rather quiet month for the Baker area. Many of the local businesses close or reduce hours, but the Border Inn on Highway 6 & 50 at the state line remains open...
The Strawberry Fire viewed from Nevada Highway 487 near Baker

Baker Correspondence – September 2016

Strawberry Fire Update On August 8, 2016, smoke was spotted in upper Strawberry Creek drainage, on the north side of Great Basin National Park. In a few hours, what had been a 15-acre fire expanded...
Gretchen - Bristlecone PineQ

Baker Correspondence – August 2016

Baker Great Basin National Park Celebrates National Park Service Centennial The National Park Service is turning 100 on August 25 and invites everyone to Find Your Park. Great Basin National Park will be celebrating the Centennial...

Baker Correspondence – July 2016

Baker Escape the Heat There are three fun ways to escape the summer heat in Baker: get wet, go up high or go underground. Six streams drain the eastern side of the South Snake Range, and...
Snake Valley Festival Parade

Baker Correspondence – June 2016

Baker The Snake Valley Festival The big event in Baker in June is the Snake Valley Festival, June 17-19, 2016. This three-day festival, always held the third weekend of June, provides lots of family-friendly fun while...
Snowy campsite at Wheel Peak Camp Ground

Baker Correspondence – May 2016

Baker The biggest special event for the month in Baker is the Great Basin National Park Centennial Bird BioBlitz. Held May 20-22, this three-day event encourages citizen scientists to come connect with their national park...

Baker Correspondence – April 2016

Baker  "April showers bring May flowers" We’re hoping for more rain in April, as it’s been a dry February and March in eastern Nevada. Fortunately, we already have some spring flowers appearing at the lower elevations,...

Baker Correspondence – March 2016

Baker Climbing Wheeler Peak A popular activity for those who visit Baker is to climb Wheeler Peak, the second highest peak in the state of Nevada, at 13,063 feet. Most who climb it do so in...

Baker Correspondence – February 2016

  Baker Interesting Things to Do and Places to See in February February may very well be the quietest month of the year to visit Baker. That can be a good thing, with little traffic, plenty of...
Pondering some mysterious tracks

Baker Correspondence – January 2016

Baker Baker Happenings Sheepherders' Gathering, January 15-16 Join the fun in one of the most unusual parties in the state -- one to honor those in the sheep industry. Sheep herders, owners, and others associated with the...
Sunset over- the Snake Range Gretchen Baker

Baker – Correspondence – December 2015

Baker Christmas Bird Count What birds live in your backyard? December is the perfect time to find out, as it's the month for the Christmas Bird Count (CBC), the longest citizen scientist project in the world....
Sheep crossing a highway near Baker

Baker – Correspondence – November 2015

Baker Although November sees fewer humans in and around Baker, it’s the time of year when thousands of sheep return to the valley. Snake Valley, the long valley that contains Baker and several other small...
in Lehman Cave

Baker – Correspondence – October 2015

Baker October is one of the most beautiful months to visit Great Basin National Park. The cool, crisp air and changing colors makes it a great time to explore. One of my favorite places to...
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