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Late May visit - advice needed

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Late May visit - advice needed

My wife and I plan a visit to GBNP around the 29th to 31st of May. Will the road to the hiking trails to Wheeler Peak be open then? If not are there any other good hikes from lower down? Also wondering where to stay while there. Have read read reviews of the Silver Jack Inn, the Border Inn, Whispering Elms campground and motel, and one I can't find now called something like "end of the trail-er" which is apparently a mobile home. I assume these are the only choices. Which do folks recommend? Any to avoid for sure??? How a bout Ely - how far?

Thanks in advance for any help.

NPH

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1. Re: Late May visit - advice needed

The Wheeler Peak road is open now to the campground. The hiking trails are higher and may still have snow, but check the park website for current conditions as you get closer to your arrival. Keep in mind this is a cold place and winter lasts a long time; Wheeler Peak is over 13,000' in elevation. It's likely that some snow will still be around.

I have stayed at both the Silver Jack and Border Inn. The Silver Jack is right on Main Street (you probably read my review here) and is the closest motel to the park. It's a funky little place that some people night call "primitive" if they're too used to Las Vegas, but it can grow on you. It's very individualistic, and you'll find whimsical artistic touches around the place. Whispering Elms campground is closer, but not by much (1/4 mile, maybe).

For food, I've always liked T&D's. I hope it's still there.

The Border Inn is several miles outside town on Hwy 50 on the state line. Half the property is in the Pacific time zone, half in Mountain. You've probably heard Hwy 50 in NV called "America's Loneliest Road," and Hwy 50 in Utah until you get to I-15 is a worthy rival for the title. I stayed there once in winter and it was the height of remoteness and desolation. It's great for wide-open vistas and dark skies, with economy prices. This is not a fancy place; the rooms are in converted modular homes, and the amenities consist of a restaurant, casino, and gas station.

I am not positive, but the End of the Trail'er may be a site I saw on the road leading from town into the park (Hwy 468). It starts out straight, ascending gradually until it gets into the park itself, with a few old vehicle carcasses and some sheds and things on the adjoining land. And I think this place is along that stretch. Maybe someone else can clarify this.

Ely is 65 miles away. If you were passing through and making a day visit to Great Basin, Ely could work. It has a bigger selection of lodgings and eateries, and a railroad museum. For spending a couple days in the area and focusing on the park, I think Ely is too far.

BTW, if you want to sound like you belong, "Ely" rhymes with "really," not with "rely. Really. You can rely on it.

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2. Re: Late May visit - advice needed

P.S. There is a shortcut from Baker to the Border Inn; you don't need to go all the way back west on 487 to 50.

From "downtown," go back west on Main St. to the "cutoff road. " It's good graded dirt and goes directly north to 50, a bit over 2 miles. Along this road is the Baker Early Man exhibit, a small display about archaeological explorations in this area. Then go east on 50.

This is a nice flat dirt road, but in winter it may require 4WD.

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3. Re: Late May visit - advice needed

Thanks roadrunner. We completed our trip on June 2nd and I have posted a short report elsewhere on this forum. Really appreciated rhe information you provided. We did find the cut off road, I think, and used it to just run up to the Border Inn to see what it was like. Also visited that Baker archeological site. Interesting tht the Freemonts would have a village in the middle of the desert like that, but perhaps there was water there at one time.

Thanks again,

Lee

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4. Re: Late May visit - advice needed

End of the Trail...er is located 6 miles from the entrance to Great Basin National Park in the SW corner of Baker Townsite. It is clean, quiet, comfortable, has two bedrooms (you get both of them for the price of one) and a big deck with a spectacular view of the Snake Range. Also has a kitchenette and a barbecue on the deck. We've stayed there twice in three years. Great little "artistic" place to stay. And you'll enjoy meeting the "Trail Boss", a local artist named Margaret.

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