Tag: Great Basin National Park

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. Following the creek, an 11-mile long trail leads up to The Table, a high elevation plateau that is a marvel. Here you can see twisted bristlecone pines, bighorn sheep and amazing views. If you still have energy, you can attempt summiting 12,054-foot Mount Moriah. A way up to The Table from the west side involves only a two-mile hike up Big Canyon, but you’ll need a good 4WD vehicle to get up the steep and twisty road to the trailhead.

Climbing Mount Moriah

You can also fine respite from the heat by going to the trails up Baker Creek in Great Basin National Park. These are much less frequented than the popular Alpine Lakes and Bristlecone trails that start at 10,000 feet at the end of the Scenic Drive. Another way to cool off is to go underground, where the temperature is the average outside temperature of the area. Lehman Caves is a very comfortable 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Sunken Garden in Lehman Caves

To get a spot on a Lehman Caves tour, be sure to make a reservation. Tours are frequently selling out days in advance due to a low supply and high demand. You can make reservations at Reservation.gov or call 1-877-444-6777.

The Baker’s Bean coffee cart

Business spotlight is the Baker’s Bean, the coffee cart on the corner across from the Baker post office. Twins Cheri and Tabitha Phillips run this little piece of caffeinated delight. While you’re choosing from many drink options (including some without caffeine, if that’s your preference), don’t miss the cinnamon rolls and delicious sandwiches. They are open 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. seven days a week. The twins are professional chefs, who after honing their skills in Colorado, decided to return home to Snake Valley. They also run the delectable Salt & Sucre catering company, which provides a variety of food for special events, hunting groups and family reunions.

July is the most popular month for tourists to come to Baker. Although it’s hot during the day, a quick drive or venture underground can get you some natural air conditioning. And the night skies are still amazing. You might even find yourself wanting a coat at night!

— Gretchen Baker

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

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 […]

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 […]

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