This stretch of Highway 50 and 6 in Eastern Nevada and Western Utah proudly bills itself as "the loneliest highway in America" - an apt and well-deserved description. It is 153 miles between Ely Nevada and Delta Utah - 2 hours 39 minutes driving time between them. Border Inn is the ONLY place to eat, rest, and refuel between them. There isn't even cell phone service on any carrier in this area. At night you can drive for hours and not see another vehicle on the road. Thank goodness for the Border Inn. It is a hybrid cross between a general store, gambling hall, restaurant, gas station, and motel. Apparently they have two types of rooms - the $49 and the $59 per night units. I think there are a total of 24 rooms and some RV sites out back. We stayed in one of the $59 models. It was basic and reasonably priced considering the only other choices in the town of nearby Baker suck. Food in the restaurant was OK but overpriced considering it was all canned or prepackaged stuff that was warmed up and served on a plate.
What are the attractions to this area? Great Basin National Park featuring 13,000 foot Mt. Wheeler is the centerpiece. Located within the park are the Lehman Caves. They are good for an hour or so of sightseeing. Mt. Wheeler has just 12 miles of paved road up to the 10,000 foot level. Primitive campgrounds and hiking trails comprise the rest of your visit to the Great Basin National Park. If you are a stargazer this area does have some of the darkest night skies anywhere in the lower 48 states.
Since the closest medical facilities are in Ely NV about 50 miles away by road and there is no cell phone service to call for help, be prudent about potentially dangerous activities on the mountain. The base of the mountain is approximately 6000 feet elevation. Needless to say heavy snow is to be expected in the winter time. The 12 mile road heading up Mt. Wheeler and the associated campgrounds are closed most of the year for that reason.
- Also Known As:
- The Border Hotel Baker