Tag: Great Basin National Park

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, and cowboy poetry by Waddie Mitchell. Saturday’s events included a film screening, more great cowboy poetry, and a delicious Basque family-style dinner that filled the Border Inn to capacity. The Front Porch Pickers performed their musical magic to a full house and included the audience with numerous sing-a-longs and foot stomping beats. More coverage is found in the Millard County Chronicle Progress.

Fire and Ice Festival

With its new format, the Fire and Ice Festival in Ely had something for everyone, indoors and out. The Ely Birkebeiner showcased not only cross country skiing, but also a snowshoe race and a fat-tire mountain bike race. Conditions turned out to be great, with just enough snow to make it all work.

Sunday at Cave Lake had snow sculpture competitors battling it out for the $1000 top prize. Engine 93, celebrating its 110th Anniversary, won. Sledding, ice skating, ice bowling, and ice fishing also took place at the frozen lake. Two nights of fireworks and a huge bonfire kept folks going into the evening.

Love Music is in the Air

The Border Inn is hosting a special Valentine’s dinner, where you can not only treat your palate to delicious food but also your ears to the fine music of the Front Porch Pickers. The local musical group  plays a variety of country and folk music on guitar, violin, mandolin, harpsichord, keyboard, and more. Their name derives from where they practice in the summers: on the front porch! They also perform at Kerouac’s and Great Basin Cafe in the summer.

Snow Sports

Ready to play in the snow? Bring your cross country skis, snow shoes (can also be borrowed from Lehman Caves Visitor Center), or sleds and head up into the higher country. Recommended places are Upper Lehman Campground, which is closed during the winter. If there’s enough snow, you can head up the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive. A beautiful loop is over on Baker Creek. Drive to the gate and then head into Grey Cliffs Campground. From Loop C, take the trail up to Baker Creek Campground, then come back down the road. Alternatively, continue up to the trailhead if you have extra energy! If you want an even quieter place, Snake Creek is great. Drive as far as you can and then get out and enjoy the snow. Hopefully, February will see more snow storms, providing that very important moisture to the high desert.

— Gretchen Baker

Don’t miss Gretchen’s marvelous outdoor adventure blog, Desert Survivor.

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, and cowboy poetry by Waddie Mitchell. Saturday’s events included a film screening, more great cowboy poetry, and a delicious Basque […]

Bicycling Nevada – September 2018

Competitor in Silver State 508 rides through Virginia City

by Curtis Fong “the guy from Tahoe” The Bicycling in Nevada calendar for September is a busy one, with lots of activities starting with the Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association’s (TAMBA), 8th Annual “Rose to Toads” on September 2. This is 8,000 vertical feet of climbing. 10,000 vertical feet of descent covering 62 miles from […]

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 […]

Ely Correspondence – August 2017

1987 Ely Centennial Celebration – Thirty Years Later Mining is an up and down activity, with the price of minerals controlling the rise and fall of the economy in a mining town. The 1980’s were very typical of the mining boom and bust cycle and had a lasting impact on the future of White Pine […]

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