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Van Sickle Bi-State Park

Van Sickle Barn

Photo © Conservancy

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.

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

Be sure to walk or bike from your lodging property if you stay in the South Shore Stateline vicinity! Grab a picnic lunch from the many stores and restaurants in town and come explore the trails. The park entrance is located at the junction of Park Avenue and Lake Parkway.

Seasons Accessible

Gates are open summer and fall.

Fees: None

 ADA Accessibility Notes

The California-side day use area has accessible parking, restrooms, path of travel and picnic tables.

 Pet Friendly Notes

Please keep your dog on a leash within the developed facilities -- the day use area and trailhead.

For More Information, Contact:

Lisa O'Daly

California Tahoe Conservancy
1061 Third Street, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
530-543-6037 · fax 530-542-5567

Terry Cuyler wrote on July 20, 2014: Three of us and 4 dogs explored the park on Sat 7/19/2014. One of us has a scooter and could not do the trail to the waterfall. The trail is very nice but there are just enough places where the boulders are too close for scooter passage. We had a nice picnic in the shade by the old horse barn and had a visitor -small black bear looking for a handout. He left quickly when the dogs barked. It is a lovely park and we will be back. Only regret is that there are no trail maps, but plenty of signs.

Tom B wrote on June 11, 2014: Nice views of the lake from vista point which is .4 mile walk. Also at vista point is a rock out cropping that has mortar holes where Native Americans ground food enjoying the view of the lake. Once there, you will know why they chose that spot. Kind of cool to think that thousands of years ago, Native Americans were sitting in the exact spot. There could be better signage. The trail head sign did not show the various forks so I was left to guess where the falls were. It was warm, not too much shade because part of the hike is in the burn area. I would love to do the hike when there is still more snow on the surrounding mountains. It would make for a very pretty day.

jerry scheberies oakland calif wrote on December 27, 2013: Looking at the picture of the barn brings back great memories jack was good to me in the 1940s he let me guide people on horseback and was a friend to our family

Alex Bonner wrote on July 19, 2012: Thanks to the Van Sickle family and all the people who have worked to make this gem a reality. The trail to the falls from the parking area was delightful and a perfect way to spend a few hours in this beautiful area, South Lake Tahoe, without the need to suffer the traffic. A special place indeed.

Marcus Prazniak wrote on May 24, 2012: Discovered it by chance, roaming around the hills behind Heavenly Village. What a fantastic park. So close and accessible from the Stateline area. Can’t wait to visit again and explore it more fully!

momto2ajs wrote on July 28, 2011: I did the hike to the falls today with my husband and 4 year old and 7 year old sons. We had a great time. Beautiful views of Lake Tahoe. If not for the nice lady at the old horse stables, we might never have known about the falls.

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Longitude: -119.939902900
Latitude: 38.962407900
Elevation: 6283 FT (1915 M)
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