The Taylor Creek Sno-Park is just minutes away from majestic Lake Tahoe on the west side of Highway 89 north of Camp Richardson Road. The Taylor Creek Sno-Park is situated between Lake Tahoe's South Shore and Fallen Leaf Lake. Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing to Fallen Leaf Lake along Taylor Creek is a popular activity here, and is great for beginning cross-country skiers. Sledding, tubing, and snow-play are popular activities here as well.
The Tallac Historic Site is also located at Taylor Creek, and though it is closed during winter months, it is a popular site for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. Mt. Tallac is also located nearby, and offers snowboarding, downhill skiing, and backcountry opportunities.
The Taylor Creek Sno-Park is a great area for families visiting Lake Tahoe in winter months to bring their kids and explore Taylor Creek.
Snowshoeing, sledding, tubing, cross-country skiing, and snow-play are recommended at the Taylor Creek Sno-Park. Snowmobiling is prohibited here.
The Taylor Creek Sno-Park is open from November 1 though May 30. Walking trails, the Tallac Historic Site, and the Taylor Creek Visitors Center are open from spring to October. Sno-Park permits are required, and are available from several nearby vendors or online.
Sno-Park Permit Vendors
Permits for the Taylor Creek Sno-Park are available online from the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Office, or from designated vendors in the Lake Tahoe area. A full listing of Sno-Park permit vendors throughout Northern California is available here.
Explore Tahoe Visitors Center, 4114 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, Ca. 96150, (530) 542-4637
Lake Tahoe Adventures, 3071 Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe, Ca. 96150, (530) 577-2940
Lake of the Sky Outfitters, Inc., 1023 Emerald Bay Road, South Lake Tahoe, Ca. 96150, (530) 541-1027
Sunrise Ski and Snowboard Rental, 3202 Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe, Ca. 96150, (530) 577-3176
Tahoe Paradise Chevron, 2986 Highway 50, South Lake Tahoe, Ca. 96150, (530) 577-1127
Carson City Ranger Station (ESIA), 1536 South Carson Street, Carson City, Nv. 89701, (775) 882-2766
Reno Cycles and Gear, 3445 Kietzke Lane, Reno, Nv. 89502, (775) 355-8810
Tahoe Dave's Skis and Boards, 10200 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, Ca. 96151, (530) 582-0986
Tahoe Dave's Skis and Boards, 590 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, Ca. 96145, (530) 683-8833
Alpenglow Sports, 415 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, Ca. 96145, (530) 583-6917
Sno-Park Permit Sales, California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, 1725 23rdStreet, #200, Sacramento, Ca. 95816, (916) 324-1222 and (916) 324-4442
California State Parks Division of Vehicular Recreation Sno-Park Program
Sno-parks provide access to cross country ski trails, snowmobile routes, and snow play areas. Sno-parks are operated by the California State Parks and Recreation Office of Highway Motor Vehicular Recreation (OHMVR) in cooperation with the United States Forest Service. All of the sno-parks in California are in the Sierra Nevada’s, and are open from November 1 through May 30. The California Sno-Park Hotline can be reached at (916) 324-1222. Sno-Parks operated by the state are designated by brown signs located along highways.
There are 19 sno-parks operated by the OHMVR, and permits are required for each one. Day permits for $5 and season permits for $25 are available from designated Sno-Park vendors, by mail from OHMVR, or on-line. On-line purchases are subject to an additional $1.95 service fee. Permits must be displayed on the left side of the dashboard, and clearly seen from the outside of the vehicle. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable, and parking at a Sno-Park without a permit may result in a $94.50 fine. California Sno-Park permits are also valid in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
Parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sanitation facilities are provided at each of the parks. Camping, littering, and over-night parking are prohibited.
The Sno-Parks are located in areas that can experience road closures in harsh weather conditions. Call CalTrans at 1-800-427-7623 or check the CalTrans website to get information on roadway conditions when planning your trip, and carry chains and a shovel. Winter recreation can be hazardous, so it is important you consider your skill level, wear proper clothing, have respect for the terrain and park rules and regulations, and adhere to posted warnings for your safety.
A printable brochure of Sno-Park locations is available from the OHMVR website and can be found here.
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