Nature Attractions in Lake Tahoe

Tahoe IS the outdoors. Most visitors come to the lake to experience all this great area has to offer: skiing, hiking, biking, swimming, boating, fishing and camping. You name it, Tahoe has it.

For some winter outdoor experiences head to Squaw Valley USA, Heavenly, Mt. Rose or Kirkwood. These resorts have some of the best ski and sled terrain in the area. For some out-of-the-way areas to enjoy snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and nature walks, head up to the Tahoe Meadows or Royal Gorge.

For some summer hiking, go up into the Desolation Wilderness for some long or short hikes and be sure to visit the famous Emerald Bay. Hike Mt. Tallac and Mt. Rose, two of the highest peaks in the area. If you want to really enjoy the lake, do some kayaking or biking around the perimeter or hire a fishing guide for the day. For some great swimming, visit Lester Beach or D.L. Bliss State Park.

For some areas outside of the main Tahoe area, visit Donner Lake or Caples Lake for some swimming, fishing or boating. Or do a mountain bike or hike trip up to Marlette Lake.

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Desolation Wilderness

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3070 Camino Heights Drive

The higher you hike up, the fewer people you will see... read more

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Kirkwood Ski Resort

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1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive
Off Hwy. 88 at Carson Pass

Sierra slalom... read more

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Northstar Drive
6 miles north of Kings Beach

Thrill in the snow... read more

Donner Ski Ranch

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P.O. Box 66

One of the oldest western ski areas... read more

Caples Lake Campground

26820 Silver Drive

Caples Lake Campground is located adjacent to Highway 88, near to Kirkwood. Boating, fishing, swimming and hiking offered... read more

Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort

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I-80 at Norden Exit

See everything from here... read more

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Marlette Lake Trail

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Hwy 50

Moderate 5 mile hike... read more

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Emerald Bay State Park

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Gorgeous bay by Eagle Falls and Vikingsholm...
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D.L. Bliss State Park

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P.O. Box 266
7360 West Lake Boulevard

The jewel of Tahoe... read more

Lester Beach

9881 HWY 89

Shelter bay, great for swimming... read more
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