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.

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Baker, NV

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Baker Arch. Site Entrance Sign
Baker, NV

While archaeologists have known of the historic Baker Village for many years, the former village was officially excavated in 1991 by Brigham Young University's Office of Public Archaeology. This three-year process uncovered a fascinating glimpse into the world of the Fremont culture, which is considered to be one of the more contemporary subsidiaries of the Anasazi culture. Some well-known evidence of the Fremont culture can be found in places like Mesa Verde, Colorado, but their presence in Utah and Nevada can be confirmed with additional sites, like the Baker Archaeological Site.

Oceola State Historic Marker outside ghost town
Osceola , NV

You might not know it when strolling the shambles that still remain in the ghost town of Osceola, but, like many other ill-fated mining communities scattered throughout the Silver State, this was once a booming prospecting town. After a mind boggling 12 mile gold-bearing quartz vein discovered was in 1872, a placer mining community took form in this canyon, but Osceola didn't really take off until the 1880s when hydraulic mining began.

Historic Farm Site outside of Baker and Great Basin
Baker, NV

Sandwiched in between the charming community of Baker and the majestic Great Basin National Park is the Baker Historic Farm Site. A wonderful place to enjoy the grand beauty of the extraordinarily scenic surroundings, enlighten yourself with the history of the vast valley, or merely unwind with a nice picnic lunch, the Baker Historic Farm Site is a fun place to swing by. 

Baker, NV

The trail traverses Miller Basin and boasts spectacular views of Wheeler Peak, Mt. Moriah and the Schell Creek Range and also takes you through the ghost town of Black Horse, a turn-of-the-century mining camp.