Trails and Vistas

You've never experienced anything like this art hike. Trails and Vistas art hikes unite live music, dance, storytelling, sculpture and painting with the natural environment to create one of a kind art hikes in the Sierra Nevada. On Sept. 6 & 7, 2014 attendees from around the country will hike along Spooner Lake for Trails & Vistas 11th art hike. The theme for the art hikes is “Meadows to Mountains."

In addition to the art hikes, Trails & Vistas World Concert will take place at Sand Harbor on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014.


More than 30 participating artists including musicians, dancers, poets, singers and visual artists will perform aside a stunning alpine lakes with breathtaking vistas among the aspen trees. Each hiker is encouraged to slow down, breathe deeply and listen to the language of nature during Trails & Vistas. Art hikes will be offered every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Specialty hikes include family hikes for those hiking with children, meditative hikes for those wanting an especially quiet and spiritual connection (adults only) and leisurely hikes for those who prefer or need a slower pace. Tickets sell out in advance nearly every year. The early bird special, $30 for adults and $10 for children, is available through July 15. The art-hike lasts approximately 3 hours and is best for people in good physical condition who are comfortable hiking at altitude.

“We believe that the arts transform the human experience, that art is a gift to be shared. We proudly support this annual event,” explains Elizabeth Archer, co-artistic director of the Trails & Vistas art hikes.


Trails & Vistas will be offering a lively and memorable evening concert at Sand Harbor.

Visits for details on this year's participating artists and to purchase tickets.


Trails & Vistas is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization that seeks to create art experiences in nature that inspire environmental awareness. Trails & Vistas’ annual art hikes are a collaborative effort led by Founder / Artistic Director Nancy Tieken Lopez and Co-Director Elizabeth Archer with vital support from volunteers and regional organizations including the Truckee Donner Land Trust, InnerRhythms Dance Theatre and the KidZone Children’s Museum. The first art hike was created as Tieken-Lopez’ thesis project in 1994. After moving to Truckee, she expanded the art hikes to form Trails & Vistas with Elizabeth Archer from InnerRhythms. Trails & Vistas hikers have experienced art in nature in Gregory Creek Canyon, Azalea Lake, Donner Ski Ranch, Tahoe Donne, Squaw Valley, Shirley Canyon, Spooner Lake and Summit Lake.

To volunteer, sponsor the art hikes and purchase tickets, visit


Latitude: 39.1962993 Longitude: -120.2354465 Elevation: 6252 ft
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Admission Fee (if any)

$30 for Adults (ages 13 and older), $10 (ages 5-12), Children 4 and under are free.

Ages Festival is Appropriate For

Singles, Couples, Families, Seniors

Pet Friendly Notes

No pets please.


Each year, Trails & Vistas presents an art hike in a specific Lake Tahoe or Truckee location. The 2014 art hikes will take place at Spooner Lake on Sept 6 and 7 and Trails & Vistas second annual world concert will take place at Sand Harbor on Sept. 6. For the most up to date information, visit

Nicole , 5/27/2014

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