Activities

Winter

Casinos

Harrah’s
The Horizon
Harvey’s
Lake Side Inn and Casino
Caesar’s Palace
Bill’s

Skiing, Snowboarding, X-Country

Skiing & Snowboarding

Heavenly Valley is at South Lake Tahoe! and we a minutes from Heavenly North Side (the Nevada Lifts are “Stage Coach” and “Boulder”) and we are only 10-15 minutes from the “Heavenly Ski Bowl” on the California side. Also, you’ll be in driving range of Kirkwood, Sierra Ski Ranch, North Star….



Heavenly Ski Area


Lake Tahoe Map

Kirkwood Ski Area
Squaw Valley Ski Area
Diamond Peak Ski Area
Alpine Meadows Ski Area
Donner Ski Ranch
Sierra@Tahoe Ski Area
Boreal Ridge Ski Area
Mount Rose Ski Area
NorthStar At Tahoe
Sugar Bowl Ski Area
Homewood Ski Area


Major Ski Areas

Downhill & Snowboard
Cross-Country
Lifts Trails Acres Vertical Drop Miles fromS. Lake Tahoe
Alpine Meadows 13 100+ 2000 1802′ 44
Boreal 12 36 380 501′ 57
Diamond Peak 6 30 655 1840′ 22
Heavenly 27 82 4800 3500′ 1
Homewood 8 56 1260 1650′ 19
Kirkwood 12 68 2300 2000′ 35
Mt. Rose 5 43 1000 1440′ 30
Northstar 12 66 2420 2280′ 45
Royal Gorge 4 90 9172 1600′ 60
Sierra-at-Tahoe 12 46 2000 2212′ 12
Soda Springs 2 16 200 652′ 58
Spooner Lake 0 20 9000 2100′ 15
Squaw Valley 31 OPEN 4000 2850′ 38
Sugar Bowl 12 84 1500 1500′ 40
Tahoe XC 0 12 3500 750′ 29

Snowmobiling

Available at Zephyr Cove Resort

Museums

Carson City

  • Nevada State Museum
    • (775) 687-4810
    • 600 N. Carson St. at Robinson St., Carson City, NV
    • Minerals, mining, Native Americans, natural history, geology and wild life are the focus of this museum’s exhibits. The largest known assembled imperial mammoth skeleton in North America is one of the newest exhibits. The skeleton was unearthed in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. You can also visit a replica of a silver mine and a ghost town, see cowboy gear, firearms, gaming memorabilia and a history gallery of famous Nevadans.
    • Open daily 8:30am to 4:30pm (winter) & 9:00am to 5:30pm (summer)
    • Adults $3, Seniors $2.50 & Under age 18 FREE
  • Nevada State Railroad Museum
    • (775) 687-6953
    • 2180 S. Carson St at Fairview Dr., Carson, NV
    • Photographic displays, memorabilia and original equipment from the Virginia and Truckee Railroads await you at the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Five steam locomotives, several passenger cars and freight cars, a flatcar and a caboose from railroads that operated during the late 1860′s to 1950 are part of a 25 piece display. Some weekends feature actual rides aboard a train on and around the 13 acre property.
    • Open daily 8:30am to 4:30pm
    • Adults $2 & Under age 18 FREE
  • Stewart Indian Children’s Museum
    • (775) 882-6929
    • 5366 Snyder Ave., east of Hwy 395, Carson City, NV
    • Artifacts, basketry, an arrowhead collection, photographs, and contemporary arts and crafts await you at the previous site of the Stewart Indian School. The Stewart Indian School, a vocational boarding school, has its history recounted in a special exhibit. A wide variety of arts and crafts and educational materials are available in the gift shop.
    • Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm
    • Donation Only

Incline Village

  • Ponderosa Ranch
    • CLOSED

Reno

  • William F. Harrah Foundation National Automobile Museum
    • (775) 333-9300
    • 10 Lake St. South at Mill St., Reno NV
    • More than 200 rare and classic cars are housed in the hallways and galleries of this museum. Vintage steam-powered cars to sleek Indy 500 race cars can all be found here. DeSotos and Packards, a 1962 Studebaker, a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado, a 1910 White and a 1914 Lippard-Stewart are displayed here in authentic settings. Also included is one of Elvis Presley’s Cadillacs, the 1949 Mercury from Rebel Without a Cause, and a 1953 Corvette once owned by John Wayne. The museum also features a multimedia presentation of the history of the automobile and hand-held audio devices that offer further descriptions and educational information. A Cafe and gift shop also may be found here.
    • Open daily, 9:30am to 5:30pm, Sundays 10am to 4pm (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
    • Adults $7.50, Seniors $6.50, Children 6-18 years $2.50
    • Look for discount coupons around town – $1.00 off for AAA members

Soda Springs

  • Western SkiSport Museum
    • (530) 426-3313
    • Boreal Ski Area, Soda Springs, CA
    • Hwy. 80 at Castle Peak exit
    • Showcasing the history of skiing, this museum’s exhibits include snowshoes from the 1850′s and ski equipment from throughout the 20th century. See a pair of 8 foot long cross-country skis used by ”Snowshoe Thompson”, a mail carrier from 1856 till 1876. You will also find exciting ski films.
    • Open Summer: Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm, Open Winter: Wednesday through Sunday 10am to 4pm
    • Admission: FREE

South Lake Tahoe

  • Lake Tahoe Historic Society Museum
    • (530) 541-5458
    • 3058 Hwy.50 near Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA
    • Relics and memorabilia tracing Lake Tahoe area history can be found here. Dioramas showcase Washoe Indian baskets, arrowheads, spear tips and tomahawk heads. Apache, Hopi, Navajo, Seminole and Zuni handiworks are all represented in a doll collection. See a 140 year old pipe organ and a model of the S.S. Tahoe, the largest ship ever to sail the lake. Photographs from the 1880′s are on display along with early maps, a collection of ranch tools and several pair of old skis. A medley of films, Lake Tahoe: 1915-1930 can be viewed. Behind the museum you will find a toll-house from 1859 and a log cabin built in 1933.
    • Open: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00am to 4:00pm (Memorial Day through Labor Day) & Saturdays – weather permitting – the rest of the year
    • Please call for exact hours as they fluctuate through the year
    • Adults & Seniors $1, Children (2-12) $.50
  • Tallac Historic Site
    • (530) 541-5227
    • for information on renting out the Valhalla Estate call (530) 542-4166
    • Hwy 89, just South of Emerald Bay next to Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe, CA
    • Three large estate homes – Pope, Valhalla and Baldwin. The Baldwin Estate is open with museum daily June – Aug. 10am to 4pm &  Sept. 11am to 3pm. The Cultural Arts Store at the Valhalla Estate is open daily 11am to 3pm. Tours of the Pope Estate are $3, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 2:30pm.

Tahoe City

  • Gatekeeper’s Cabin Museum
    • (530) 583-1762
    • William B. Layton Park
    • 120 W. Lake Blvd. behind Fanny Bridge, Tahoe City, CA
    • This hand-carved log cabin exhibits artifacts recounting the history of Lake Tahoe and was built in 1981 after the original burned down. The original cabin built in 1910 housed the gatekeepers responsible for regulating Lake Tahoe’s water level after the the Truckee River was dammed. Local rocks and fossils, early skiing gear, logging and railroad equipment, vintage newspapers and other Lake Tahoe memorabilia are all exhibited here. Tools, baskets and clothing from the Washoe and Paiute Indian tribes are exhibited. Old photographs, oral historical recordings and videotapes are available in the research library. Over 100 Native American dolls and over 800 Native American Baskets are housed in a new annex.
    • 3 acre picnic grounds
    • Open: daily June 15 through Labor Day, 11:00am to 5:00pm & May 1st through June 15 and Labor Day through Oct 1st, Wednesday – Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm
    • Donations: $2.00 Adult, $1.50 Jrs. & Srs, age 12 and under FREE
  • Watson Cabin Living Museum
    • (530) 583-8717
    • 560 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA
    • A national landmark, this honeymoon cottage was built in 1909 on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The cabin is decorated with original furnishings and has been preserved to look as it did at the turn of the century.
    • Open: daily, June 15 through Labor Day, Noon till 4:00pm
    • Donation Accepted

Tahoma

  • Ehrman Mansion
    • (530) 525-7982
    • Sugar Pine Point State Park
    • Hwy. 89, one mile south of Tahoma, CA
    • The Ehrman family built this elegant home just after the turn of the century. The Ehrman family are part owners of the Wells Fargo Bank and are prominent San Franciscans. The mansion is furnished and maintained with turn-of-the-century decor.
    • Six tours daily, $5.00 per car parking – in addition tours are: Adults $2, Children (6-12) $1 and 5 & under FREE
    • Open: 11:00am to 4:00pm, tours are every hour on the hour, July 1st through Labor Day
  • Vikingsholm Mansion & Visitor Center
    • (530) 525-7232 or (530) 525-7277
    • Emerald Bay State Park, 9999 Emerald Bay Road
    • One mile hike down from Hwy 89 or visit by boat. Authentic Norse castle built in 1928.
    • Open: 8am to 4pm daily

Truckee

  • KidZone Childrens Museum
    • (530) 587-5437, e-mail: info@kidzonemuseum.org
    • 11711 Donner Pass Road
    • A fun, hands-on place to play, discover and learn
      • Art activities all day long in the creative center
      • An indoor play structure
      • Hands-on exhibits with hours of interactive play for children up to age 6
    • Open: Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm, daily admission of yearly memberships. Under 1 is free.
  • Emigrant Trail Museum
    • (530) 582-7892
    • Donner Memorial State Park
    • 12593 Donner Pass Rd. off I-80 west of Truckee, CA
    • Commemorating the struggles of the survivors and those who perished crossing the treacherous Donner Pass, this museum exhibits include the musket William Eddy used to shoot an 800 pound grizzly bear in 1846 and Theodore Judah’s original survey map of Lake Bigler (Lake Bigler is now known as Lake Tahoe). Tape recordings accompany the exhibits. The Donner Story, a 25 minute video shown hourly, describes the bad luck and foolish decisions that led to the Donner Party’s troubles. The 22 foot base of the Donner Party statue outside the museum marks the depth of snow that trapped the Donner party in the winter of 1846.
    • Also included in the museum are exhibits of Native American arts and crafts, tools and clothing. The construction of the Central Pacific Railroad.
    • Camping, picnicking, boating, fishing and hiking.
    • Museum hours:
      • Summer: Memorial Day thru labor Day 10:00 – 5:00 everyday
      • Winter: (September – May) 10:00 – 4:00
      • Slide show: 10:15, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 Donner Party Story (25 minutes long)
    • Adult $2, Children (6-12) $1, Under 6 FREE
  • Truckee-Donner Historical Society and Old Jail
    • (530) 582-0893
    • Jiboom Street and Spring Street, P.O. Box 893, Truckee, CA 96160
    • The need for a jail in Truckee was proposed in August, 1873. The area was, at that time sending an average of one prisoner a day to the facilities at Nevada City. Nineteen citizens donated $25.00 each toward the jail. The contract price was $1,235, exclusive of iron work. The building began going up August 11, 1875, and was ready for occupancy September 22 of that year. The original building consisted of just the lower level, constructed of native stone, the walls being 30 inches thick.
    • Open Summer only: 11am to 4pm, Saturday & Sunday
    • Donations Accepted

Summer

Lake Tahoe Beaches

We are located between #28, Nevada Beach, and #29, Lakeside Beach

Hwy 89 Beaches
1. Pope Beach
2. Camp Richardson
3. Kiva Beach
4. Baldwin Beach
5. Emerald Bay
6. D. L. Bliss
7. Meeks Bay
8. Sugar Pine Point
9. Kaspian Rec
Hwy 28 Beaches
10. Tahoe City Commons
11. Tahoe State Rec
12. Lake Forest
13. Patton Beach
14. Agatam Beach
15. N Tahoe Beach
16. Kings Beach Rec
17. Coon Street Picnic
18. Burnt Cedar Beach
19. Incline Beach
20. Hidden Beach*
21. Sand Harbor
22. Chimney Beach*
23. Secret Harbor*
24. Skunk HarborHwy 50 Beaches
25. Cave Rock Beach
26. Zephyr Cove
27. Round Hill Pines
28. Nevada Beach
29. Lakeside Beach
30. El Dorado Beach
31. Regan Beach
32. Tahoe Keys
33. Angora Lakes

Boating, Fishing, Water Skiing

Swimming, boating, water-skiing, scuba diving, jet skiing, parasailing, dinning, volley ball, sun bathing – nothing beats Lake Tahoe for it’s scenery or it’s crystal clear water!
Action Watersports of Tahoe
3411 Lake Tahoe Blvd. / U.S. HWY 50
Timber Cove Marina
South Lake Tahoe
530-544-2942
powerboats, ski boats, sailboats, jet skis, pedal boats
Action Watersports of Tahoe
967 Lakeshore Blvd.
Incline Village
775-831-4386
powerboats, ski boats
also sailboats, pontoon boats, jet skis, kayaks, canoes, pedal boats
Camp Richardson Marina
Historic Camp Richardson Resort
1900 Jameson Beach Road
SR 89, 2 miles north of the “Y”
South Lake Tahoe
530-542-6570
powerboats, ski boats, jet skis, kayaks, pedal boats
H20 Sports
U.S. HWY 50, 3 miles north of Stateline
Round Hill Pines Beach
Zephyr Cove
South Lake Tahoe
775-588-4155
powerboats, ski boats, jet skis, kayaks, pedal boats
Kings Beach Aqua Sports
Kings Beach State Park
Kings Beach
530-546-2782
ski boats, sailboats, jet skis, kayaks, canoes, pedal boats

Akeside Marina Boat Rentals
Park Avenue & Lakeshore
South Lake Tahoe
530-541-6626
powerboats, ski boats, jet skis
Zephyr Cove Marina
U.S. HWY 50, 4 miles north of Stateline
Zephyr Cove
775-588-3833
10HP-175HP boats
jet skis, pedal boats

Lighthouse Watersports
950 North Lake Blvd.
Lighthouse Marina
Tahoe City
530-583-6000
powerboats, ski boats, jet skis
Ski Run Boat Company
Lakeside end of Ski Run Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe
530-544-0200
powerboats, jet skis, kayaks, canoes
Tahoe Keys Boat & Charter Rentals
2435 Venice Drive East, Suite 91
Tahoe Keys Marina
South Lake Tahoe
530-544-8888
powerboats , luxury yachts, sailboats, pontoon boats, pedal boats

Cruises

Try the MS Dixie II or the Tahoe Queen.

They have dinner cruises, breakfast cruises, and site seeing trips (covering majestic Emerald Bay, glass bottom views, and tours of some of the beach front mansions of Tahoe). Zephyr Cove’s MS Dixie II is our favorite!

Golf

There are five public courses in Tahoe and over 10 within the outlying vicinity.  The best of which -Edgewood- is only two long blocks away!
* = Courses open all year subject to weather

*Eagle Valley Carson City 775-887-2380.
3.5 miles east of Carson City on #50 and then north on Centennial Park Dr.
36 holes: East Course, 6658 yards – par 72, and West Course, 6851 yards – par 72. Fees: East $21 + $18/cart. West $37.50 or $26.50 after 1 pm both including cart. The East course is wide open with fairway rough and numerous traps. Its an excellent walking course. The West course is a links-style, hilly, narrow, finesse course with fast, undulating greens, four sets of tees, and mandatory carts! Spectacular flora and fauna as well as an excellent view of Carson City. Phone after 3pm on Fridays for tee times for the following Monday through Sunday.

*Dayton Valley Country Club Dayton 775-246-7888.
15 miles east of Carson City on the north side of #50 off Dayton Valley Road.
18 holes, 7161 yards – par 72. Cart included but you can walk. Fees: $53 M-Th, $70 F-Su & holidays, $25/$35 after 2 pm. Highly rated and difficult course designed by Arnold Palmer. Intricate bunkers, rock outcrops, and undulating fairways.

*Carson Valley Golf Course Gardnerville 775-265-3181.
2 miles south of Gardnerville on #395 and then east a half mile at the “7-11 store” on Riverview.
18 holes, 5760 yards – par 71. Fees: $20, $30 with cart. Short but challenging with a Basque restaurant on site.

*Hidden Valley Country Club Reno 775-857-4742.
1.5 miles east of the airport in Reno on Hidden Valley Drive.
18 holes, 7061 yards – par 72. Fees: $75 reciprocal with cart or $65 to walk. Older, private course open to card-carrying members of other private clubs. Long, open layout, sloping greens, not much water. Call first to check on the condition of the greens.

*Northgate Golf Club Reno 775-747-7577.
#80 west to Robb Drive north then to Mae Anne west.
18 holes, 6966 yards – par 72. Mandatory carts. Fees: $46. Challenging layout with undulating fairways and greens crowded by both sand and grass bunkers. First Nevada course to host US Open qualifying. Host of Hogan Tour.

*Genoa Lakes Genoa 775-588-4653.
New (summer 1993)
18 hole championship course one mile north of Genoa and west of #206. 7263 yards – par 72. Soft spikes mandatory. May & June: $60 M-Th, $75 F-Su. July to September: $70 M-Th, $90 F-Su. October to May: $40 M-F, $55 Sa-Su. Links style at the Sierra foothills along the Carson River. Rated as the 3rd best Nevada course! Also ranked in the top one percent of new championship courses by Golf Digest!

*Lightning W Ranch Carson City 775-884-4597.
New (1994) private equity course five miles north of Carson City flanking the west side of highway #395 and across from Washoe Lake.
7203 yards – par 72. $100 reciprocal. Five sets of tees. Designed by Robert Muir Graves. Championship course, regular host of national qualifying events. Traditional design with 200′elevation changes, magnificent views of Washoe and Mt. Rose. Lots of water, rocks, and trees.

Lakeridge Golf Course Reno 775-825-2200 or 800-815-6955.
Southwest Reno, west off Plumas Drive just south of McCarron Blvd.
18 holes, 6715 yards – par 71. Mandatory carts until 5:30 pm. Fees: $70 M-Th, $85 F-Su. After 3:00pm, $45 and $55 respectively. March to late November. Large greens, lots of water and great views. Your tee shot on #15 (shown in photo) drops 140 feet onto an island green in Lake Stanley.

Edgewood Tahoe Stateline 775-588-3566.
A half mile from the Lake Village condos.
18 holes May to Oct. 6953 yards – par 72. Mandatory carts. Fees: $150. Demanding course ranked in “America’s Top 100″. #16 is ranked as one of the twelve best holes in the country. The course is ranked #2 in the state. Very popular – reserve tee times as far in advance as possible! Site of the Celebrity Golf Classic in early July.

Glenbrook Glenbrook, on the east shore of Lake Tahoe 775-749-5201.
9 holes April to Oct. 5566 yards – par 71 (based on 18). Fees: July-Labor Day, $39/9 holes, $59/18 holes, after 4pm $25/9. Spring & fall $34/9 and $49/18. Carts are $10 extra for 9 holes. Rated as one of the top five nine hole courses in the world with spectacular scenery along the lake! You don’t want to miss this course! Tee time reservations up to seven days in advance. Just north of the Lake Village condos.

Lake Tahoe Golf Course South Lake Tahoe 916-577-0788.
South of the airport off #50.
18 holes April to Oct. 6707 yards – par 71. Fees: $60 any time including cart. $42 to walk M-Th only. Surrounded by mountain peaks, lots of water, demands good ball placement.

Incline Golf Courses Incline Village 775-832-1144.
Off #28 at Incline.
36 holes May to Oct. 6910 yards – par 72 and 3513 yards – par 58 executive. Fees: $115 and $50 respectively with carts. After 4:00 pm, $60/$30. 72 hour cancellation policy on advance reservations. Gorgeous alpine layout amid tall pines.

Northstar-at-Tahoe West of #287 south of Truckee 916-562-2490.
18 holes May to Oct. 6897 yards – par 72. Fees: $67 with cart. After 1 pm, Su-Fri $45. After 3:30 pm, $25 to walk + $11/9 holes for cart. Front 9 is wide open with heavily contoured greens. Back 9 is narrow among the conifers. Water on 14 holes.

Plumas Pines Golf Resort Blairsden CA 916-836-1420.
Fifty miles north of Truckee on #89, past Graeagle, left on A-14 and right on Poplar Valley Road.
18 holes April to Oct. 6504 yards – par 72. Carts mandatory to 4pm. Fees: $35 M-F including cart. Sat-Sunday & holidays, $50 including cart. After 4 pm, $19 to walk, $25 to ride. Lots of water, trees, nature in a relaxed setting. Well worth the drive north of Truckee.

Disc Golf

Bijou Park & Zephyr Cove are both within 5 miles. See PDGA Course Directoryfor additional courses within 100 miles!

Hiking & Biking


Tahoe Townhouses borders the National Forest – the wilderness starts a short walk from the front door.
Emerald Bay’s Vikingsholm Castle, known for its outstanding Scandinavian architecture.
Bike to historic Walley’s Hot Springs in Genoa.
Tour the historic mining town of Virginia City.
Tour The Ponderosa of TV fame.
Ride the Cable Lift to the top of Heavenly Valley.

Weather conditions can change rapidly. Be prepared with the proper clothing and equipment, no matter how short the hike. Backcountry users need to obtain a WILDERNESS PERMIT for any hike into Desolation Wilderness. Day hikers may obtain a permit at the self-service stations located at the trailheads. Overnight users must obtain a permit and pay fees in person from the Forest Service office or Visitor Center.

As of the date of publishing three types of fees will be used in the Desolation Wilderness: a wilderness permit reservation fee ($5.00), a overnight wilderness camping fee ($5/per person/per night w/3rd night free or $30.00 individual annual pass), and a parking fee at Eagle Falls Parking lot ($3.00 / per day / per vehicle or $20.00 / annual pass). Check with the ranger station for current access fees.

If you bring a pet on the trail, put it on a leash to minimize its impact on wildlife and other visitors. Observe common courtesy and follow trail regulations. Other hikers will appreciate your observance of minimum impact camping and packing out what you pack in. REMEMBER…open campfires are NOT allowed in Desolation Wilderness!

North & East Shore Trails


State Lookout
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 7,017′
Mileage (one-way): ½ miles From Highway 28 on the north shore of Lake Tahoe, turn north on Reservoir Drive, just east of the old Tahoe Biltmore Casino. Turn right on Lakeshore Avenue and left on Forest Service Road 1601 (by the iron pipe gate). Park in the parking lot just below the lookout.
During the summer the lookout is staffed with knowledgeable volunteers. Superb views of the lake can be seen through the free telescopes located here. A short self-guided nature trail, located by the lookout, explains the history of the north shore of Lake Tahoe.

Prey Meadows / Skunk Harbor
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 6,200′/6,800′
Mileage (one-way): 1½ miles Take Highway 28 from Highway 50 north approximately 2 miles. Look for an iron pope gate on the west side of the highway. Park in one of the turnouts along the highway and do not block the gate. Snow free in early spring, this is a great walk through a mixed conifer forest with filtered views of Lake Tahoe along the way. Look for the remains of an old railroad grade along the way, built in the 1870′s as part of the network to supply timber to Virginia City. When you reach a fork in the road, you have two options. The left fork leads to Prey Meadows which is blanketed with many varieties of wildflowers in the spring. The right fork leads you to Skunk Harbor, a small picturesque cove which offers great swimming and sunbathing in the summer.

Marlette Lake
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 7,000′/8,000′
Mileage (one-way): 5 miles Park at the Spooner Lake Trailhead, located in Lake Tahoe Nevada State Park, just north/west of the Highway 50/28 junction. A parking fee is charged. Dogs are allowed on leash. A moderate five mile uphill hike leads you through picturesque North Canyon, lined with aspens, to Marlette Lake Dam. No fishing is allowed a Marlette Lake because it is a fish hatchery.

Rim Trail – North
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 7,000′/8,600′
Mileage (one-way): 5 miles to Marlette Lake, 13 miles to Tunnel Creek Take Highway 50 east approximately ½ mile from the junction of Highway 50 and 28. Parking is located just beyond the summit along the north side of the highway. This trail provides wonderful views of the Carson Valley as well as glimpses of Lake Tahoe along a forested trail. Just before Snow Peak, the trail forks. The left fork leads you down steep switchbacks to the road to Marlette Lake. The right fork eventually leads you to Tunnel Creek Road.

Rim Trail – South
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 8,560′/8,800′
Mileage (one-way): 2 miles to Duane Bliss Peak, 3 miles to South Camp Peak, 4 miles to Genoa Peak, 12 miles to Highway 207 (Kingsbury Grade) Park at the Spooner Summit Rest Area located along Highway 50. The trail begins behind the Nevada Department of Transportation building. Several Views of the Carson Valley as well as glimpses of Lake Tahoe can be seen along this forested trail. It is possible to climb Duane Bliss Peak (8,658′), South Camp Peak (8,866′) or Genoa Peak (9,150′) by traversing cross country.

Mt. Rose
Difficulty: Strenuous
Elevation: 8,700′/10,778′
Mileage (one-way): 6 miles Take Highway 431 (Mt. Rose Hwy.) north of Incline Village. Park at the trailhead located one mile south of the summit. Mt. Rose (10,778′), one of the highest peaks near Lake Tahoe, offers excellent views of the lake, the city of Reno and the surrounding area. Follow a dirt road for three miles through a Lodgepole cloaked forest interspersed with mule ears and sagebrush. In the spring, a lush meadow at the halfway point is filled with lupine, paintbrush and larkspur. The last two miles follow slippery switchbacks to the ridge line. Write your name in the log book located at the summit to show the world you made it!

South Shore Trails


Moraine Trail
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 6,360′/6,410′
Mileage (one-way): 1 mile Stroll along a relatively flat trail through the forest and along the shore of picturesque Fallen Leaf Lake. Take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Road. Continue approximately 2/3 of a mile to Fallen Leaf Campground. Drive through the campground and park just before campsite #75 on the right. There is no fee for day use. Look for the trailhead sign near the parking area. In the winter, when the campground is closed, you must park just beyond Fallen Leaf Campground off of Fallen Leaf Lake Road and walk to the trailhead.

Angora Lakes Trail
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: 7,200′/7,470′
Mileage (one-way): ½ mile to Angora Lakes An easy ½ mile hike leads to two lakes framed by cliffs. Swimming and fishing are popular activities. Summers are crowded, so arrive early. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake Road and turn left. Turn left at the first paved road. Continue to Forest Service Road 12N14 and turn right. Watch for bicyclists along this road. Continue past Angora Lookout to the road’s end at the parking lot.

Tallac Historic Site
Difficulty: Easy
Elevation: Flat
Mileage (one-way): .3 mile on Lake of the Sky Trail Step back into the past and explore the personalities, events and summer homes of turn-of-the-century Tahoe landowners. The trail begins from the Kiva Picnic Area and is accessible to persons with disabilities. The site can also be reached from the Lake of the Sky Trail that begins at the Lake Tahoe Visitor Center.

Echo Lakes Trail
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation: 7,420′/8,430′
Mileage (one-way): 2½ miles to NW corner of Upper Echo, 4 miles to Tamarack, 5 miles to Lucille and Margery, 5 miles to Lake of the Woods, 6 miles to Aloha See a variety of alpine lakes on this moderate trail. Take Highway 50 to Echo Summit and turn onto Johnson Pass Road. Stay left and the road will lead you to the parking area by Lower Echo Lake. For a short walk, hike to the far end of Upper Echo Lake. A longer hike leads you to one of the many lakes farther down the trail. A boat taxi operated in the summer by Echo Lakes Resort cuts three miles off your trip. A nominal fee is charged for this service. A wilderness permit is required.

Glen Alpine Trail
Difficulty: Moderate to Strenuous
Elevation: 6,560′/9,735′
Mileage (one-way): 2 miles to Grass Lake, 4 miles to Susie, 5 miles to Heather, 6 miles to Aloha, 4½ miles to Half Moon, 5½ miles to Alta Morris, 6 miles to Tallac (strenuous) Many different hikes can be taken from this trailhead. For a short walk, try the 2 mile hike to Grass Lake. Another hike to Lake Aloha leads you past a small waterfall, a beautiful meadow and three alpine lakes. A third option is a moderate hike to Half Moon, Alta Morris or Gilmore lakes. If Mt. Tallac is your goal, the Glen Alpine Trail offers a more moderate approach. Take Highway 89 north approximately 3 miles from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Watch for bicyclists and other cars on this narrow, one-lane road. Continue until you see the Glen Alpine trailhead sign and turn left. Trailhead parking is across from Lily Lake. A wilderness permit is required.

Clark Trail
Difficulty: Strenuous
Elevation: 6,420′/7,470′
Mileage (one-way): 1.6 miles to Upper Angora For the more adventurous, this strenuous hike can provide some solitude. Traversing through loose shale up a steep grade, the trail ends at Angora Lakes. Take Highway 89 north from South Lake Tahoe to Fallen Leaf Lake Road. Parking is located at the Glen Alpine Trailhead described in the previous hike. From the parking area, walk back down the road to the junction of Fallen leaf Lake Road. Look for the small church to your right. A little post located behind the church marks the hard-to-find trailhead.

Mt. Tallac Trail
Difficulty: Strenuous
Elevation: 6,480′/9,735′
Mileage (one-way): 1.7 miles to Floating Isle, 2½ miles to Cathedral, 5 miles to Tallac Providing a spectacular view of Fallen Leaf Lake, Lake Tahoe and Desolation Wilderness, this strenuous hike is well worth the effort. The first part of the trail to Floating Island and Cathedral lakes is moderate and can be enjoyed by the novice hiker. Beyond Cathedral Lake, the trail becomes steep and strenuous as it continues up the front face of Mt. Tallac. The trailhead is located approximately 3½ miles north of South Lake Tahoe on Highway 89. Look for the Mt. Tallac Trailhead sign directly across from the entrance to Baldwin Beach and turn left down the dirt road. Continue to the trailhead parking. Weather conditions can change rapidly in the Sierra mountains; bring a jacket, carry lots of water and allow plenty of time for your trip. A wilderness permit is required.

Horseback Riding


Zephyr Cove Stables
Four miles north of Stateline
Zephyr Cove, Nevada
Hwy. 50 at Zephyr Cove
775-588-5664

Camp Richardson Corral
Hwy. 89, near Emerald Bay
South Lake Tahoe
530-541-3113

Cascade Stables
Cascade Road South Lake Tahoe
Hwy. 89, 5 miles north of the “Y”
530-541-2055

Ballooning


Balloons Over Lake Tahoe
530-544-7008

In 1993 this company was the first to offer hot air balloon flights over South Lake Tahoe. Their balloons are new state-of-the-art equipment, certified and registered by the FAA. Their pilots are commercial and instructor rated with over 21 years of ballooning and aviation experience. Their vessel is U.S. Coast Guard certified and operated by a licensed captain.

Your ballooning adventure will begin at sunrise and end approximately three hours later. Flights take off from the South Lake Tahoe Airport. After flying out over beautiful meadows, you’ll soar high above one of the world’s most beautiful lakes where you can view mountains beyond mountains in every direction. As the flight descends down over the lake, you’ll be floating peacefully just above the water.

When your balloon flight is over, you’ll land on the forty-foot trimaran power boat, “Vivid Dreams.” During the cruise back to shore you’ll be treated to a champagne and orange juice toast, fruit, French pastries, cheese and crackers, beverages and a number of other amenities and souvenirs, including a flight certificate.

All flights are by reservation and are scheduled weather permitting. Next day reservations can usually be accommodated. Call for details, rates and reservations.

Dream Weavers Hot Air Balloon Co.
Gardnerville

Information & Reservations
800-386-2563
775-265-1271

The launch site at Lampe Park is just 30 minutes from South Lake Tahoe. This company offers hot air balloon flights over land. Their experienced pilots are licensed FAA commercial balloon pilots. Due to calm weather conditions, the flight times are just after sunrise, 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m., depending on the season.

This hot air balloon company focuses on flights designed for couples and small groups of two to four people. Passengers are comfortable and their experience is more private than on larger commercial balloons.

Family and friends are invited to share the excitement of unfurling and inflating the balloon and then experience the chase or just see you off. On your flight you’ll see the breathtakingly beautiful Carson Valley and panoramic views of Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range. You can even design your own flight. Alternative launching sites are considered and the pilot will fly at the safe altitude you desire.

Judging from the number of proposals accepted midflight, romance is definitely in the air at Lake Tahoe! And for couples wanting to take off as soon as they are married, Dream Weavers will inflate their six-colored balloon and create a mini stained-glass cathedral for the wedding ceremony, and then launch for a newlywed flight.

All flights end in the traditional Champagne Ceremony and presentation of Certificates of Ascendancy.

The flight season is year-round, seven days a week, weather permitting. All flights are by reservation. Next day reservations can usually be accommodated. Call for details, rates and reservations.

Lake Tahoe Balloons

Information & Reservations
800-872-9294
530-544-1221

This company offers hot air balloon flights over Lake Tahoe. Their FAA certified pilots have over 18 years of commercial ballooning experience. Their balloons are not dependent on the shoreline for launching, flying or landing. The balloons take off and land on the deck of the “Tahoe Flyer,” the world’s only hot air balloon launch and recovery vessel, inspected and certified by the U.S. Coast Guard as safe for balloon operations. Chase boats are on duty as an extra safety precaution.

Flights begin shortly after sunrise when conditions are the best, weather permitting. Free shuttle service is provided between the launch site and your lodging in the Basin. Allow approximately 4.5 hours from pick up to return to your lodging.

The “Tahoe Flyer” can carry up to 49 passengers and is great fun for groups. Each balloon flight lasts about one hour. You’ll float silently over Lake Tahoe and then fly eight to ten thousand feet high, delighting in 100 mile vistas. The early morning light and pristine Alpine setting create optimum photo opportunities for capturing deep blue waters, framed by white sand beaches and snowcapped peaks, so please bring a camera.

After your flight you will be treated to a champagne brunch at the elegant Cafe Roma at Caesars Lake Tahoe.

The flight season is year-round, seven days a week, weather permitting. Reservations are recommended, especially for groups. Next day reservations can usually be accommodated. Call for details, rates and reservations.

Museums

Carson City

  • Nevada State Museum
    • (775) 687-4810
    • 600 N. Carson St. at Robinson St., Carson City, NV
    • Minerals, mining, Native Americans, natural history, geology and wild life are the focus of this museum’s exhibits. The largest known assembled imperial mammoth skeleton in North America is one of the newest exhibits. The skeleton was unearthed in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. You can also visit a replica of a silver mine and a ghost town, see cowboy gear, firearms, gaming memorabilia and a history gallery of famous Nevadans.
    • Open daily 8:30am to 4:30pm (winter) & 9:00am to 5:30pm (summer)
    • Adults $3, Seniors $2.50 & Under age 18 FREE
  • Nevada State Railroad Museum
    • (775) 687-6953
    • 2180 S. Carson St at Fairview Dr., Carson, NV
    • Photographic displays, memorabilia and original equipment from the Virginia and Truckee Railroads await you at the Nevada State Railroad Museum. Five steam locomotives, several passenger cars and freight cars, a flatcar and a caboose from railroads that operated during the late 1860′s to 1950 are part of a 25 piece display. Some weekends feature actual rides aboard a train on and around the 13 acre property.
    • Open daily 8:30am to 4:30pm
    • Adults $2 & Under age 18 FREE
  • Stewart Indian Children’s Museum
    • (775) 882-6929
    • 5366 Snyder Ave., east of Hwy 395, Carson City, NV
    • Artifacts, basketry, an arrowhead collection, photographs, and contemporary arts and crafts await you at the previous site of the Stewart Indian School. The Stewart Indian School, a vocational boarding school, has its history recounted in a special exhibit. A wide variety of arts and crafts and educational materials are available in the gift shop.
    • Open daily 10:00am to 5:00pm
    • Donation Only

Incline Village

  • Ponderosa Ranch
    • CLOSED

Reno

  • William F. Harrah Foundation National Automobile Museum
    • (775) 333-9300
    • 10 Lake St. South at Mill St., Reno NV
    • More than 200 rare and classic cars are housed in the hallways and galleries of this museum. Vintage steam-powered cars to sleek Indy 500 race cars can all be found here. DeSotos and Packards, a 1962 Studebaker, a 1957 Cadillac Eldorado, a 1910 White and a 1914 Lippard-Stewart are displayed here in authentic settings. Also included is one of Elvis Presley’s Cadillacs, the 1949 Mercury from Rebel Without a Cause, and a 1953 Corvette once owned by John Wayne. The museum also features a multimedia presentation of the history of the automobile and hand-held audio devices that offer further descriptions and educational information. A Cafe and gift shop also may be found here.
    • Open daily, 9:30am to 5:30pm, Sundays 10am to 4pm (closed Thanksgiving and Christmas)
    • Adults $7.50, Seniors $6.50, Children 6-18 years $2.50
    • Look for discount coupons around town – $1.00 off for AAA members

Soda Springs

  • Western SkiSport Museum
    • (530) 426-3313
    • Boreal Ski Area, Soda Springs, CA
    • Hwy. 80 at Castle Peak exit
    • Showcasing the history of skiing, this museum’s exhibits include snowshoes from the 1850′s and ski equipment from throughout the 20th century. See a pair of 8 foot long cross-country skis used by ”Snowshoe Thompson”, a mail carrier from 1856 till 1876. You will also find exciting ski films.
    • Open Summer: Saturday & Sunday 10am to 4pm, Open Winter: Wednesday through Sunday 10am to 4pm
    • Admission: FREE

South Lake Tahoe

  • Lake Tahoe Historic Society Museum
    • (530) 541-5458
    • 3058 Hwy.50 near Rufus Allen Blvd., South Lake Tahoe, CA
    • Relics and memorabilia tracing Lake Tahoe area history can be found here. Dioramas showcase Washoe Indian baskets, arrowheads, spear tips and tomahawk heads. Apache, Hopi, Navajo, Seminole and Zuni handiworks are all represented in a doll collection. See a 140 year old pipe organ and a model of the S.S. Tahoe, the largest ship ever to sail the lake. Photographs from the 1880′s are on display along with early maps, a collection of ranch tools and several pair of old skis. A medley of films, Lake Tahoe: 1915-1930 can be viewed. Behind the museum you will find a toll-house from 1859 and a log cabin built in 1933.
    • Open: Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00am to 4:00pm (Memorial Day through Labor Day) & Saturdays – weather permitting – the rest of the year
    • Please call for exact hours as they fluctuate through the year
    • Adults & Seniors $1, Children (2-12) $.50
  • Tallac Historic Site
    • (530) 541-5227
    • for information on renting out the Valhalla Estate call (530) 542-4166
    • Hwy 89, just South of Emerald Bay next to Camp Richardson, South Lake Tahoe, CA
    • Three large estate homes – Pope, Valhalla and Baldwin. The Baldwin Estate is open with museum daily June – Aug. 10am to 4pm &  Sept. 11am to 3pm. The Cultural Arts Store at the Valhalla Estate is open daily 11am to 3pm. Tours of the Pope Estate are $3, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 2:30pm.

Tahoe City

  • Gatekeeper’s Cabin Museum
    • (530) 583-1762
    • William B. Layton Park
    • 120 W. Lake Blvd. behind Fanny Bridge, Tahoe City, CA
    • This hand-carved log cabin exhibits artifacts recounting the history of Lake Tahoe and was built in 1981 after the original burned down. The original cabin built in 1910 housed the gatekeepers responsible for regulating Lake Tahoe’s water level after the the Truckee River was dammed. Local rocks and fossils, early skiing gear, logging and railroad equipment, vintage newspapers and other Lake Tahoe memorabilia are all exhibited here. Tools, baskets and clothing from the Washoe and Paiute Indian tribes are exhibited. Old photographs, oral historical recordings and videotapes are available in the research library. Over 100 Native American dolls and over 800 Native American Baskets are housed in a new annex.
    • 3 acre picnic grounds
    • Open: daily June 15 through Labor Day, 11:00am to 5:00pm & May 1st through June 15 and Labor Day through Oct 1st, Wednesday – Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm
    • Donations: $2.00 Adult, $1.50 Jrs. & Srs, age 12 and under FREE
  • Watson Cabin Living Museum
    • (530) 583-8717
    • 560 N. Lake Blvd., Tahoe City, CA
    • A national landmark, this honeymoon cottage was built in 1909 on the shores of Lake Tahoe. The cabin is decorated with original furnishings and has been preserved to look as it did at the turn of the century.
    • Open: daily, June 15 through Labor Day, Noon till 4:00pm
    • Donation Accepted

Tahoma

  • Ehrman Mansion
    • (530) 525-7982
    • Sugar Pine Point State Park
    • Hwy. 89, one mile south of Tahoma, CA
    • The Ehrman family built this elegant home just after the turn of the century. The Ehrman family are part owners of the Wells Fargo Bank and are prominent San Franciscans. The mansion is furnished and maintained with turn-of-the-century decor.
    • Six tours daily, $5.00 per car parking – in addition tours are: Adults $2, Children (6-12) $1 and 5 & under FREE
    • Open: 11:00am to 4:00pm, tours are every hour on the hour, July 1st through Labor Day
  • Vikingsholm Mansion & Visitor Center
    • (530) 525-7232 or (530) 525-7277
    • Emerald Bay State Park, 9999 Emerald Bay Road
    • One mile hike down from Hwy 89 or visit by boat. Authentic Norse castle built in 1928.
    • Open: 8am to 4pm daily

Truckee

  • KidZone Childrens Museum
    • (530) 587-5437, e-mail: info@kidzonemuseum.org
    • 11711 Donner Pass Road
    • A fun, hands-on place to play, discover and learn
      • Art activities all day long in the creative center
      • An indoor play structure
      • Hands-on exhibits with hours of interactive play for children up to age 6
    • Open: Wednesday through Saturday 10am to 4pm, daily admission of yearly memberships. Under 1 is free.
  • Emigrant Trail Museum
    • (530) 582-7892
    • Donner Memorial State Park
    • 12593 Donner Pass Rd. off I-80 west of Truckee, CA
    • Commemorating the struggles of the survivors and those who perished crossing the treacherous Donner Pass, this museum exhibits include the musket William Eddy used to shoot an 800 pound grizzly bear in 1846 and Theodore Judah’s original survey map of Lake Bigler (Lake Bigler is now known as Lake Tahoe). Tape recordings accompany the exhibits. The Donner Story, a 25 minute video shown hourly, describes the bad luck and foolish decisions that led to the Donner Party’s troubles. The 22 foot base of the Donner Party statue outside the museum marks the depth of snow that trapped the Donner party in the winter of 1846.
    • Also included in the museum are exhibits of Native American arts and crafts, tools and clothing. The construction of the Central Pacific Railroad.
    • Camping, picnicking, boating, fishing and hiking.
    • Museum hours:
      • Summer: Memorial Day thru labor Day 10:00 – 5:00 everyday
      • Winter: (September – May) 10:00 – 4:00
      • Slide show: 10:15, 11:00, 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00 Donner Party Story (25 minutes long)
    • Adult $2, Children (6-12) $1, Under 6 FREE
  • Truckee-Donner Historical Society and Old Jail
    • (530) 582-0893
    • Jiboom Street and Spring Street, P.O. Box 893, Truckee, CA 96160
    • The need for a jail in Truckee was proposed in August, 1873. The area was, at that time sending an average of one prisoner a day to the facilities at Nevada City. Nineteen citizens donated $25.00 each toward the jail. The contract price was $1,235, exclusive of iron work. The building began going up August 11, 1875, and was ready for occupancy September 22 of that year. The original building consisted of just the lower level, constructed of native stone, the walls being 30 inches thick.
    • Open Summer only: 11am to 4pm, Saturday & Sunday
    • Donations Accepted

 

 


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