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Today, from 6 AM to 4 PM, we spent our day driving to and hiking in Great Basin National Park near the town of Baker in Nevada near the Utah border. Established in 1986, Great Basin is a gem. Its facilities are very modern, and the scenery that we saw is world class.

The fall colors at Great Basin are the best I have ever seen. I drove up above 9,000 ft and at that altitude the aspens dominate and they were at their peak of yellow and red.

Fall in the mountains at Great Basin National Park.

Fall in the mountains at Great Basin National Park.

Aspens at Great Basin.

Aspens at Great Basin.

We hiked up to an alpine lake named Stella.

Stella Lake at Great Basin.

Stella Lake at Great Basin.

Great Basin is one of three places in the US where Bristlecone pines grow. We went to Wheeler Peak Grove to see them. The place is nothing but rocks and boulders (glacial moraine) and it is a wonder that the trees can grow there.

Bristlecone Pines at Wheeler Peak Grove.

Bristlecone Pines at Wheeler Peak Grove.

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