Tag: Great Basin National Park

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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 Johnson Lake takes you through them, as well as the newly restored Johnson Mill. HistoriCorps, a group of volunteers who restores historic buildings, worked on this old building for a month earlier in the summer.

                                             Fall colors at Dead Lake

You can also try out the new trail to Dead Lake. Don’t be expecting much of a lake—it’s called Dead Lake because it often shrinks to a puddle. But it also has great aspens next to it, making for some nice reflections.

Snow will likely fall at some time during the month, contrasting with the fall colors. Although the 12-mile-long Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive may close temporarily, it will stay open throughout the month. Bring lots of layers, as it gets much cooler. If you’re planning on camping, bring some water containers, as the campground water will be turned off sometime during the month.

The longer nights make night-sky observing even easier. The annual Great Basin National Park Astronomy Festival will be held September 21-23. The keynote speaker is Tony Berendsen from Tahoe Star Tours. The festival features star-themed programs, lots of night sky viewing, kids’ activities, a night sky photography workshop, and more.

You can learn more about one of the local businesses, the Border Inn, in this KSL newsclip. The Border Inn is right on the Nevada-Utah border. They hold many great parties during the year, in addition to being the only area business open 24 hours a day. They are also the only place to gas up, eat or find a motel room along a 155-mile stretch of US Highways 6 and 50 from Ely, Nevada to Delta, Utah. Hunters frequent the Border Inn in the fall, fueling up to search for the plentiful deer and elk in the nearby mountains surrounding the park.

— Gretchen Baker

Visit Gretchen’s fascinating outdoor adventure blog, Desert Survivor.

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 […]

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 in Great Basin National Park. Drive up to the gate just before Grey Cliffs (a pit toilet is available there), […]

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