The Old Sheepherders' Gathering

16th Annual Sheepherders Gathering
Friday, January 18-Saturday, January 19, 2019
Border Inn
Hwy 6 & 50 in Baker, NV

Featuring the talents of Waddie Mitchell, Cowboy Poet, and music of Baker's Front Porch Pickers.

Authentic, entertaining, inter-generational: there’s nothing like the Old Sheepherders’ Gathering at the Border Inn on the Utah-Nevada state line! Great Basin Heritage Area Partnership co-founder Denys Koyle first hosted the event in 2003 to say “thank you” to the herders who kept her business afloat in the slow winter months. After dinner that first year, attendees began talking about their days on the desert and the tradition of the annual story-telling event was born. Recent gatherings have expanded to include professors, students, photographers, and film-makers interested in the history and culture of raising sheep in the Great Basin Desert.

Every January, sheepherders and their families from across western Utah and eastern Nevada converge at the state line for a weekend of comradery. But the event is more than mere reminiscing: the Gathering is a venue for passing on history to younger generations and sharing a bit of sheep industry culture with the non-initiated. Friday’s buffet dinner is for sheep folk, but the open-mic program Friday night and all of Saturday's events (the musical entertainment, Basque family-style dinner, and the Sheepherders’ Ball) are open to the public. 

Friday Evening
Sheep Industry Appreciation Dinner followed by Open Mic Night: Sheep Stories, Poetry, and Music with N.C. Allred

Sourdough Pancake Breakfast
Film Screening or Research Presentation
Cowboy Poet: Waddie Mitchell

Family Style Basque Dinner (reservations required)
Musical Guest: The Front Porch Pickers

If you have stories related to sheep herding, ranching, shearing or anything else that you would like to share, please let us know! Send an email to or call 775-234-7171.

To make reservations for the Basque Dinner, or to book motel rooms& RV spots, email: or call Gary at 775-234-7300