Baker Travel Guide

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Baker Highlights

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     Has much to offer to the weary traveler. 

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     No hotels and its gets really hot here! 

  • In a nutshell
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     You gotta see the World Tallest Thermometer 

Baker Things to Do

  • Marl Springs & Seventeenmile Point...

    These plaques reads:Marl Springs was named in 1854 by Army Surveyor Lt. Amiel Whipple for the clay-like soil around the two waterholes. With the establishment of Fort Mojave in 1859, the Mojave (or Old Government) Road came into existence. Marl Springs became an important stop over being more than 30 miles eastward from the last dependable water...

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  • Now that's big!!!

    Update: The last time we stopped the old thermometer is in need of some serious TLC. I hope someday Baker finds the money to fix it soon.Baker has to have one of the most distinct must see sight seeing touristy attraction....TA..DA....."World's tallest thermometer”, measuring 134-foot (41m). Plus, its height commemorates the hottest temperature...

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  • California Historical Marker #963

    It reads: "The Mohave Indians used a network of pathways to cross the Mojave Desert. In 1826, American trapper Jedediah Smith used their paths and became the first non-Indian to reach the California coast overland from mid-America. The paths were worked into a military wagon road in 1859. This 'Mojave Road' remained a major link between Los Angeles...

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  • High temperature

    This is the tallest thermometer in the World. Probably needs to be because the desert is so hot, according to Spinal Tap logic..........! That is almost true in act - it is 134 feet or almost 41 Meteres high - that is about 14 storeys - to reflect the 134 F recorded at a spot in Death Valley. It is also calibrated up to 134F.

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  • Update - You never know what you'll find...

    UPDATE - These lovely signs have been moved just outside of Baker to the North entrance into the Mojave National Preserve. Now, there is a Market and Gift Store in the old park service building.It’s kind of sad because for many years the National Park Service operated a desert information center in Baker. The center was closed in March 2006, and...

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  • North Entrance Mojave National Preserve

    Mojave National Preserve is a 1.6 million acre park in the Mojave Desert. This is a Mecca for camping, hiking or to enjoy the pure beauty of the desert. You will see Pinyon-Juniper, Joshua Trees, Big Sagebrush, Cactus Yucca, Creosote Bush, Blackbrush scrubs, and Lava Fields. You can get more info in Barstow. Yet be warned, this can be some harsh...

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  • The World's Tallest Thermometer.

    It seems that in 1991 a local businessman who was part-owner of the local Bun Boy had this constructed as a landmark with the intention of getting more people to stop off here in Baker instead of merely passing through on the Interstate 15. Despite a few initial problems such as the thing falling over and more recently the decision to minimize the...

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  • Worlds Tallest Thermometer

    Driving from Las Vegas on I-15 we stoped in Baker to see the world tallest thermometer. (For external use only).Nothing special but at least you can see how hot it is and grab a bite at the Del Taco.

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  • World's Tallest Thermometer

    Here you can find the world's tallest thermometer (I do not know if it really is) that displays the temperature all day and all night long. You can drive down the I-15 and tell exactly how hot it is. Below the thermometer is the Mojave Desert Information Center that is a place you should go and see to get information about the local area.

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Baker Restaurants

  • Greek Food

    This place stands out most certainly. Seems it gets bad and good reviews on the internet. I know some places I may like, someone may not, so who knows. It has some really neat decor and the outside of the building will catch your attention. It is not really cheap, but many road dinners aren't these days. Check it out!

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  • Out of this world!

    If you are looking to stop somewhere on the way to or from Vegas, this a fun place to stop. Even if it is to see the Aliens;) They sell jerky, and other types of products such as stuffed Olives, nuts, candy, hot & BBQ souces, and dried fruits.

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  • My Favorite Place to Stop Along The...

    Update, this place has closed:(Baker use to boast the original Bun Boy restaurant -by now it has become Bob's Big Boy. I always like to stop here to get something to drink or have a piece of pie. I think you will enjoy the atmoshphere and the food here. So take some time to stop and check out the ....."World's tallest thermometer”, measuring...

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  • New to Baker mid 2010

    This is the chain restaurant newly opened in Baker. Another option to the plethora of uninspiring to be honest options - still you know why you really need to stop here..........!...... another burger I vastly prefer to McD and BK which are the only ones to make headway in the european markets...... Big Carl - if you are British and remember the...

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  • Good option for drivers

    Denny's is of course the Stateswide chain, not special as such but dependable, a regular for us on te road when we're Stateside, for breakfast too, although this visit was special because as noted on main page.......! We both like the meatloaf, expecialy the mashed potato

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  • Gyro-mad

    Its the ONLY place for Gyros...Its in the middle of nowhere for chrisakes!!! and its spectacular...Go get one...its the best thing about going to Vegas from LA,,,really!! Gyros plateTurkish Coffeshot of Ouzohandmade shakesoh YEAH Baby!!

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Baker Nightlife

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    by TinKan Updated Dec 8, 2003

    If you need food or a drink after midnight and before 5am then Jack in the Box is the place for you. It is open 24/7

    There is no real place to go "clubing" here in town so keep heading to Vegas.

    Dress Code: Use the drive thru and it will not matter what you are wearing...

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Baker Transportation

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    Baker from 25000 feet

    by TinKan Written Feb 12, 2004

    There is no real airport in Baker and most planes just fly over it.
    This was taken from an American Airlines flight which never even got close to the sleeply little town of Baker.

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Baker Shopping

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  • The best beef jerkey

    For some of the best beef jerkey around and in every differnet type of meet you have to stop at the Alien Beef Jerkey store. The shop has jerkey, honey, olives and snacks of different types from very mild and sweet to scorching hot so there is something for everyone. My favorite is the Southwestern Hot jerkey and the turkey jerkey is good too. The...

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  • Lotto tickets and more

    The Baker General Store has all of your travel needs as well as cold drinks, snacks and small car parts. Here you can also get your California Lotto tickets?. Maybe if I get enough tickets and win I can fly over Baker and never have to drive through it again?. California Lotto tickets and water.

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Baker Warnings and Dangers

  • Don't forget to fill up....

    And that counts for both your car and yourself, if you car breaks down in the desert it gets hot very fast inside of your car...Be sure your gas, oil and water of your car is ok and take a gallon or two of bottled water with you just in case you'll get stuck in the desert for a few hours... Picture taken Summer of 2001

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  • Long roads

    Be careful while driving into or out of Baker. The Highway patrol is real good at chatching speeders from about 12 miles before and 12 miles after the town. Also be careful driving at night as the long roads and flashing white line my put you to sleep. Take a few moments break in Baker, Vegas will still be there.

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Baker What to Pack

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    a mad greek

    by mafootje Written Oct 4, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Tanktops and shorts because it get's hot in here...we where there at the end of may and the thermometer reached 103 degrees fahrenheit (39 degrees celcius).

    Miscellaneous: Take a gallon or 2 water with you for if your car breaks down. You need to drink plenty

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Baker Off The Beaten Path

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    by mafootje Written Oct 4, 2002

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    What you will miss when visiting in May is water in the river...i don't know if there ever is water.. Who let's me know if there is ?

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  • Many Places to Refresh Here!!!

    Baker is a very small community most travelers will find on its way to and from Las Vegas. It is has become a little oasis in the vast desert that many find themselves having to stop for either, rest, gas, food, or just to relax from the extreme temperatures. Baker has many type restaurants and such others as Alien Fresh Jerky, and the "World...

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  • Mojave Desert

    Baker is the Gateway to the Death Valley and has a very good Mojave Desert Information center that is located at the bottom of the Worlds Largest thermometer. Here you will find all the information on what you can find in the Mojave Desert. You can get maps and camp information as well as tour the display of plants and animals that live in the...

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  • Too hot!

    Honestly, I can't say there is anything that is my favorite. Baker is more convenient after driving for hours in the hot sun and having a place to pull over and get something cold to drink. Looking at the 200 page menu of "the Mad Greek" and deciding - yeah I can't imagine any of this is fresh...skip it.

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