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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 is easier to attract the flying nocturnal beetles. There will be a variety of field trips, plus a potluck dinner, star gazing, and a final catered lunch. RSVP for the lunch count by June 1 to GRBA_BioBlitz@nps.gov; no RSVP is needed for other activities, but sending an email helps for planning purposes. Participants are welcome to come for as little or as long as they like.

Great Basin Café

After a cave tour or a hike in the park, you might be feeling hungry. Fortunately, there’s a convenient option, the Great Basin Café, located adjacent to the Lehman Caves Visitor Center in Great Basin National Park. Run by Donnie Crouch, the café features delicious homemade soups, chili, quiche, and other tasty fare for breakfast and lunch. The gift store has expanded greatly this year, with cool jewelry (including solar system bracelets), local wood accoutrements for the kitchen, and even solar chargers in case your phone is running low in the backcountry.

Other Events

The Baker’s Bean (previously the Magic Bean) coffee cart opens Memorial Day weekend, so you can get your java along with to-go breakfasts and lunches!

The Snake Valley Festival, previously held in June, has been moved to Labor Day Weekend, August 31-September 3.

The Summer Solstice is occasionally celebrated in an informal way out at the Baker Archeological Site, where the prehistoric Fremont buildings were oriented so that when the sun rose or set in certain locations, they knew when it was time to plant, harvest, and to conduct other activities.

Astronomy programs in Great Basin National Park increase to three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings in front of the Lehman Caves Visitor Center. Times change, but programs generally start about 8 p.m. and feature an outdoor slideshow and, then, looking through telescopes. Bring warm clothes and a camp chair.

The Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive is open to the top, meaning it’s a lot easier to hike to the bristlecones and sub-alpine lakes. Trails will still have some snow into mid-month, so plan accordingly.

— Gretchen Baker

Please check out Gretchen’s  marvelous outdoor adventure blog, Desert Survivor.

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 […]

Baker Correspondence – August 2017

Life Returns to the Strawberry Fire Area                                                      Strawberry  Creek Canyon, the area burned by a wildfire in August 2016 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 Range. The area looks a lot different […]

Baker Correspondence – July 2017

Nevada’s Last Glacier                                                                       High-altitude wildflowers growing on Wheeler Peak 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 cave tours) and checking out more primitive campsites (e.g., Snake Creek area and […]

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