Tag: Great Basin National Park

                                                             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, starting at 9 a.m. Adult and youth categories are available, with archery, rifle, pistol, and shotgun events. It’s $5 to enter each event, with at least five signed up for an event to go. It usually is an all-day affair, with food concessions available. Proceeds go to the Snake Valley Volunteer Fire and EMS Department.

                                              The kids’ archery competition is a popular part of Baker’s annual turkey shoot, too.

Speaking of turkeys, there are many wild turkeys in the area. That wasn’t always the case. Before 2004, there were no turkeys in the area. But in January of that year, the Nevada Department of Wildlife released wild turkeys on private land outside the park to provide another hunting opportunity. But instead of using the lower elevation subspecies, they used a mountain subspecies, and the wild turkeys quickly went uphill into the national park, where hunting isn’t allowed. Predators have not been able to keep up, and turkeys are seen in all the watersheds in the park, including high above the sub-alpine lakes. During the winter months, large groups often congregate in Upper Lehman Campground, roosting in the trees. Wild turkeys are now one of the most-seen wildlife species in the park. But they come with problems, such as eating native wildlife and possibly outcompeting native birds. You can read more in this RJ article.

Another big event in the community in November happens right after Turkey Day. The Border Inn sponsors its Annual Craft Fair on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Vendors offer handmade crafts, baked goods, and more. It’s a great place to support Small Business Saturday and get a start on Christmas shopping!

                                                                                   The Grand Palace in Lehman Cave

Great Basin National Park stays open year-round, although roads at higher elevations close. You can still snowshoe or ski anywhere. And if you want to escape the cold, tours of Lehman Caves, which stay a constant 52 degrees Fahrenheit, are available every day. The tour schedule is limited, though, with one tour a day, at 1 p.m., on weekdays, and a second tour, at 9 a.m., on weekends. You can reserve tickets ahead of time on recreation.gov.

— Gretchen Baker

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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 […]

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 […]

Baker Correspondence – June 2017

                                                         The new Great Basin Cafe near the Lehman Caves Visitors Center 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 starting at 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with breakfast […]

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 only to Upper Lehman Creek Campground, but as conditions allow, it is opened to the Osceola Trail parking, then Mather Overlook, […]

Ely Correspondence – March 2017

Ely and White Pine County: Full of History During its past, Ely was a mining town.  In the 1870s and ’80s, White Pine was part of a boom when British money was invested in the silver mines. After 1900 came the copper boom. In the next 70 years, more than a billion dollars in copper […]

Baker Correspondence – February 2017

Lehman Caves Lint and Restoration Camp                                                                    A Lint Camp volunteer dusting a shield in Lehman Caves 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 Caves Lint and Restoration Camp. For three days, people […]

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