Baker Archaeological Site – Baker, Nevada - Atlas Obscura

Baker Archaeological Site

This ancient village provides insight into the complexity of the pre-Columbian Fremont Culture. 


Baker Village is an important site in the study of the Fremont Culture. The excavation of the village provided evidence that the Fremont people were just as advanced as the other pre-Columbian civilizations of the era.

The small community they constructed was complex and aligned with the solstices. It’s believed this may have served as a calendar of sorts and assisted with agriculture efforts. 

While there is not much to physically see at this site, it’s nonetheless an educational endeavor and a short stop on the way to or from Great Basin National Park. The guidebook at the trailhead is informative and detailed. There’s a short and easy trail to the building sites.

After erosion threatened the location, modern walls were created to protect the excavated walls and to indicate the position of buildings. Take your time while exploring this peaceful and quiet location, and try to imagine what life here may have looked like during the pre-Columbian era. 

Know Before You Go

The site can be found along a cut-off road that runs between NV Hwy 487 at Baker, Nevada, and US Hwy 6/50. 

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