On July 22, 2011, the gate to Van Sickle Bi-State Park opened to welcome visitors!
Jack Van Sickle dreamed of memorializing his grandfather, Henry Van Sickle, when he donated land in 1989 to create a new Nevada State Park. The State of California purchased the adjacent land, the Van Sickle family’s former Crescent V Ranch, to connect the park to the community of South Lake Tahoe.
The Nevada Division of State Parks and the California Tahoe Conservancy invite you to participate in the realization of Jack’s dream, the only bi-state park in our nation with a common entrance. Straddling the California-Nevada border, the park is the product of a partnership between the states of Nevada and California. The park’s unique location close to the large “bed base” at the urban casino core provides the opportunity for people to access Tahoe’s outdoor environment without having to drive from their accommodations -- the adventure begins right outside of the hotel door. The newly-constructed infrastructure for the park – including the access drive, utilities, restrooms, picnic sites, trails and trailhead – will enable the park’s gate to open for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians to enjoy their public land. The Daggett Summit Spur trail, the Tahoe Rim Trail connector being constructed down slope from the ridge line to the park, further expands the park’s recreation opportunities well beyond its boundary.
The California side of the park contains historic buildings in the Van Sickle Equestrian Complex. Henry Van Sickle built the impressive barn in the 1860s to hold hay and grain for the area’s Lakeside House way station. At the time it was located across Montreal Road where the Village Center shopping center now stands. Day and night for seven years, the barn also served the horse change needs for freighter teams and stage lines. Over time the barn’s purpose evolved, becoming an equestrian facility in the 1890s.
The barn, a circa-1914 log cabin, and housekeeping cabins from the 1930s-era Three Pines Motel, were all relocated to their current location in 1960. The Van Sickle family then operated the Stateline Stables on the site until 1993. Up to 60 horses took riders on the trails throughout this area, making memories for many of Tahoe’s vacationers. Nevada Division of State Parks and the California Tahoe Conservancy both look forward to Van Sickle Bi-State Park being part of Tahoe vacation memories in years to come.