Tag: Baker

                                                                  Kids showing their lambs at the White Pine County Fair

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 for the White Pine County Fair, held August 17 – 19. Horse racing is also held the same weekend at the fairgrounds, ensuring a fun time (and also a good idea to make hotel reservations ahead of time).

New Baker Website

The business spotlight this month is on the new and revised website for the Great Basin Business and Tourism Council. It’s not a good basin, it’s a Great Basin! the website proclaims. We put the “Awe” in Awesome. Check it out to learn more about things to do, places to stay, amenities, and more. Plus you can discover Great Basin in any season.

Art Exhibit at Lehman Caves Visitor Center

Running through September 8, (the Astronomy Festival at Great Basin National Park) is a beautiful art exhibit at the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. “Everyone Needs Darkness” showcases work from students across the Great Basin. The art is displayed in the main visitor center and in the theater and is definitely worth spending some time looking at. It’s obvious that these kids put some thought into this topic. Exhibits include different animals (including humans) who need darkness, the earth being hugged by the night sky, and multi-media three-dimensional works.

Snake Valley Festival

                                                                                      Snake Valley Days Beer Tasting

This year the Snake Valley Festival will be combined with Snake Valley Days and both held over Labor Day Weekend, starting Friday, August 31 with an ice cream social. The weekend will have lots of other events, including a parade, booths, free entertainment, children’s games, silent auction, bake sale, beer tasting, BBQ, water fight, book sale, Snake Valley Slither (5k trail run), Farmer’s market, and more. There’s something for everyone.

— Gretchen Baker

Baker Correspondence – August 2018

                                                                  Kids showing their lambs at the White Pine County Fair 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 for the White Pine County Fair, held August 17 – […]

Baker Correspondence – July 2018

Historic Dam at Stella Lake 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 to Bonneville cutthroat trout, which have survived since the times when Lake Bonneville filled Snake Valley. […]

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 all over the park, day and into the night. The event is timed for the New Moon so that it […]

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 them with a distinct ear cut. It takes a lot of people to do a branding, and while some are […]

Baker Correspondence – April 2018

                                                                                                Indian Paintbrush 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 Park opens April 1 and will be open on weekends throughout the month, expanding to more days […]

Baker Correspondence – February 2018

Winter Wildlife                                                                                                 A watchful weasel 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 of the best ways to see wildlife is to borrow some snowshoes from the Lehman […]

Baker Correspondence – December 2017

Need an excuse to get outside in December? Join your local Christmas Bird Count, and not only do you get                             A loggerhead shrike spotted on the Christmas Bird Count fresh air, you also help provide data for the longest-run citizen science project in the world! The Snake Valley Christmas Bird Count (CBC) will be […]

Baker Correspondence – November 2017

                                                             The 25-yard rifle competition at the annual Baker Turkey Shoot 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. The 16th annual event will be held Saturday, November 18th, […]

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, as Great Basin National Park isn’t as busy. Most of the local businesses are still operating, although hours will likely be […]

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 way down. Snake Creek, in the southern part of the park, has beautiful high elevation aspen groves. A hike to […]

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