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Baker, Nevada
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Located along the eastern boundary of Great Basin National Park, Baker is located in a beautiful setting. The elevation in Baker is 5300 feet. By contrast, Wheeler Peak, the highest mountain in the Snake Range which loom outside of town, has an elevation of 13,00 feet. As such, the mountains simply loom over town and the surrounding area, providing a scenic backdrop.

Baker is a very small town and only has a population of about 400 people. Although Baker is located at the beginning of the primary road access to Great Basin National Park (Nevada Highway 488), Baker is anything but a tourist town. There is only a handful of businesses that cater to the Great Basin tourist. There is no “convenience store” in town. Instead, the visitor can purchase gas at several stand-alone gas pumps a few blocks out of town. There is also no grocery store. Instead, a small, general store/restaurant/bar serves as the primary place for visitors to gather supplies. There is also a small motel in town, a bakery, and a second restaurant. Overall, visitors arriving in Baker will be disappointed if they are looking for the typical “shopping” experiences often found outside the borders of other US National Parks.

Of course, that lack of development is what makes Baker, and Great Basin National Park, such a nice place. Great Basin National Park is truly a wilderness park. As such, visitors searching for a national park to visit that is not over-run by massive crowds and traffic jams that rival a big city, will enjoy the town of Baker and Great Basin National Park. Additionally, anyone who visits Baker and/or Great Basin National Park should absolutely take one of the premiere scenic drives in Nevada, the Wheeler Peak Scenic Drive.

Photos of Baker

Road to Great Basin Nat'l Park Begins in Baker Downtown Baker Unique "Building" in Baker

Map of Baker & Vicinity

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Suggested Books

Benchmark Nevada Road & Recreation Atlas : This topographic map book shows ALL roads in Nevada. This book is a mandatory requirement if you'll be venturing off the main highways shown on the tourist map. Additionally, this book shows many historical sites, points of interest and recreation areas.

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Where to Stay in Baker

There is a small motel in town. Camping is also available on the BLM lands the are outside of town. Additionally, there is both developed and primitive camping available in Great Basin National Park.

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