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“Nothing Finer Along This godforsaken Ribbon of Asphalt”
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The Border Inn
Ranked #2 of 2 Baker B&B and Inns
Reviewed August 24, 2012

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.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 1, 2012

This place was a throwback to our first trips out west in the 1970s. The room is basic strip motel, the internet was glitchy but at least it was there in the middle of nowhere. Restaurant was fine and the local color provided int eh bar was worth the modest cost of the room.

Good place to stay to see great basin national park
Note for women-our room had no "secure" lock on the door e.g. no deadbolt.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Emeritus24
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Reviewed May 21, 2012

I spent over 3 months working in area , and stayed here every weekend . A super place to stay in the middle of nowhere .Don't pass this one up The motel clean and quiet . Food is fantastic and prepared by a great staff ,Waitresses are friendly and outgoing. The bar and casino is clean and well stocked with your favorite beverage Bartenders are great .large campground on site also and plenty of truck parking

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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1  Thank Tony P
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Reviewed May 20, 2012

We are pilot cars in the "wind energy" field. We escort the wind turbine blades around the country, so motels become our nightly home. We recently worked a project that brought us to The Border Inn about 4 nights a week for a couple months. Denise, the owner, and all of the staff were terrific to make us feel at home, whether it was a food craving, or a favorite beverage, she made sure it was there. What a great treat for us. Thanks to each of you for your hospitality and friendship. Look forward to returning again. Dennis and Victoria, Redriver Pilot Car

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed May 14, 2012

We stayed here recently, after spending a couple days camping and hiking in the park. The rooms were nicer and larger than they appeared on the outside. The buildings are pre-manufactured, so the the motel has the appearance of a trailer park, but the room was large, clean, and comfy (although certainly not ornate). One thing that has been overlooked in other reviews is free Wi-Fi! After a couple nights in the wilds, we were ready to check some email and surf the web. There is a fridge in the room, but typical of Nevada, no coffee maker. If you want to teach your children about archaic devices from the 1980's, there is also a VCR. The nightstand was free of religious paraphernalia, but had several magazines to read during your stay. The restaurant next door was very good, at a reasonable price, and with great service. As a bonus, we won $100 at their casino, which more than paid for the room ($63).

  • Stayed: May 2012, traveled as a couple
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4  Thank Shane W
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Reviewed November 14, 2011

The inn is located on the border between NV and UT. That is one of the few choices around the Great Basin National Park. Part of the inn is in NV, while the other is in UT. As you can imagine, the NV side is full of smoke and booze, and the UT is quaint and plain. Not surprisingly, people are sleeping in the UT side.

No frail and checked in and out quickly.

Only three major complaints: 1. the registration ladies could not get my name right on my reservation even though I have corrected on two different occasions. Fortunately, there are plenty of rooms around during the low season.

2. the wind is really really bad, even though it is not that cold outside. I was told that it is pretty normal. You feel that the hotel room is going to be broken.

3. There is not thermostat on the heater which means no way to automatically control the room temperature.

Room Tip: Pretty much the same. Get one closer to the registration room.
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled with family
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4  Thank yyyzzz_utah
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Reviewed September 25, 2011

Having started out the morning in Gunnison,CO. the Border Inn was a welcome site that evening. The room was quiet and clean and a great deal for the price. The food in the restaurant is inexpensive and tastes great. I also met a fine bartender by the name of Kelley that bought an old sailor a drink. Thanks Kelly!

  • Stayed: September 2011, traveled as a couple
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Thank spot1956
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Additional Information about The Border Inn

Address: Hwy 6 & 50, PO Box 30, Baker, NV
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Location: United States > Nevada > Baker
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Baker
Number of rooms: 29
Also Known As:
The Border Hotel Baker

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