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For our visit to Great Basin National Park, we stayed in the town of Baker (population 68) in Nevada near the border with Utah. The best thing about Baker is that it is only 2 miles from the entrance to Great Basin. It has two motels, one restaurant that opens occasionally, and another one that you have to drive 6 miles to get to.

My car parked at the Border Inn in Baker, NV.

My car, the Subaru Outback, parked at the Border Inn in Baker, NV.

The day we arrived, a beautiful sunset put on a wonderful show.

View of Great Basin from Baker, NV at sunset.

View from Baker, NV at sunset.

Sunset at Great Basin, as seen from Baker, NV.

Sunset over Baker, NV.

The following day, Great Basin was in full splendor, its mountainsides covered with yellow aspens.

Mountainside at Great Basin National Park.

Mountainside at Great Basin National Park.

Aspens seen along hiking trail at Great Basin National Park.

Aspens seen along hiking trail at Great Basin National Park.

The Alpine Lakes Loop Trail at Great Basin takes you to two alpine lakes, Stella and Teresa. You start out at 9,800 ft (2,987 m) and climb about 600 ft (180 m) over 1.5 miles.

Stella Lake, an alpine lake at Great Basin National Park.

Stella Lake, an alpine lake at Great Basin National Park.

Stella Lake at Great Basin National Park.

Stella Lake at Great Basin National Park. The water was crystal clear, and not very deep.

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