Baker, Nevada

Baker, on the eastern border of, Nevada, serves as the gateway to Great Basin National Park, the only national park entirely within the state of, Nevada. The tiny town also holds the distinction of being part of the Great Basin National Heritage Area, one of only 37 areas in the country dedicated to conservation and interpretation. The heritage area follows the stories of the people and events that shaped the West. The history of Baker itself began in 1875 when the Lehman family started a ranch there. As more ranchers and miners moved into the area during the 1890s, the settlement grew into a bonafide town, named after George W. Baker, one of the early settlers.

Today, the land is nearly as wild and rustic as it was more than a century ago. You won’t find lavish resorts in Baker, but you will find hometown hospitality behind every open door. Check out the Border Inn, right on the, Nevada-Utah border, or Hidden Canyon Ranch, one of, Nevada’s truly authentic guest ranches. If you’ve forgotten any necessities for your trip, or just need that perfect souvenir, stop in at the Happy Burro Trad’n Post, open seasonally.

Before you head into Great Basin National Park, stop by the visitor’s center in Baker. It’s the perfect place to start your tour of this vast, awe-inspiring land. On your way to the park, look for the fence-post sculptures and exhibits lining the highway. They were started by “Doc” Sherman of Baker in 1997 and have continued as locals and visitors add their own whimsical contributions to the fence posts. Then get ready to be truly staggered, for the park itself is home to splendid sights. There’s Wheeler Peak, one of the highest points in, Nevada, and a deep cave system known as Lehman Caves, which features some of the most stunning examples of stalagmites, stalactites and rare shield formations in the West. The park is also home to the bristlecone pine tree, the oldest living thing on Earth. Recreation abounds with hiking and biking trails for all skill levels in the summer and snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. Other activities include wildlife viewing, rockhounding, hunting, fishing and camping. Don’t miss the spectacular arch at Lexington Canyon and the Baker-Fremont Archaeological Site to see the remains of pit houses built by the Fremont Indians more than 900 years ago.


Baker, NV

Before Great Basin was designated as a national park, there was Lehman Caves National Monument, which is now part of Great Basin National Park.

Absalom Lehman, who discovered the limestone cave with its intriguing formations, conducted private tours for hundreds of visitors in the 1880s. You can still tour the caves today. Location: Lehman Caves may be accessed on the northeastern side of Great Basin National Park. Lehman Caves may only be entered with a guided tour.

Still of National Parks Service Video featuring the park's mountains and bristlecone pines
Baker, NV

It can be difficult to stand out in a state so rich in amazing outdoor wonders, but Great Basin National Park does just that.

Nevada’s largest national park is filled with fabulous natural treasures, from spectacular alpine lakes to limestone caverns and even a small glacier, yet it has an unusually low number of annual visitors. Visitors to the park in spring or fall can conceivably hike for hours on backcountry trails without seeing another soul.

Great Basin Astronomy Festival Star Gazing
Baker, NV

Astronomy aficionados’ wildest dreams will come true by visiting The Great Basin Astronomy Festival. Held in September of each year at the Lehman Caves Visitor’s Center in Great Basin National Park, you’ll quickly understand the parks’ mantra after sunset where you too can appreciate “Half the Park After Dark.”

Moriah with fall foliage
25 Miles Northwest of Baker, NV

If you’re looking for a true into the wild adventure, the intensely beautiful Mt. Moriah Wilderness Area is just the ticket. Located in the heart of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, this wilderness area is a part of the Snake Mountain Range in eastern Nevada and is the Silver States’ 3rd tallest peak. Great Basin National Park is just a few miles south of the beautiful Mt. Moriah Wilderness Area, often overshadowing what this spectacular wilderness area has to offer.

Silver Jack Inn and Electrolux Cafe Exterior
Baker, NV

If you want to take in the scenic beauty Great Basin National Park has to offer, but aren’t quite up for the rustic camping experience, consider the Silver Jack Inn as your lodging option. Located in Baker, NV, this beautiful motel offers 10 rooms and 5 RV spots. 

This non-smoking, pet friendly property includes private baths and showers, free WiFi, high definition TV’s with DVD players and books available for checkout to take to your room!