Van Sickle Bi-State Park

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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 later purchased the adjacent portions of "Jack's Ranch," connecting 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 that shares 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 that Tahoe visitors have known since the 1960s as Jack's Ranch. The impressive barn was built 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, selling in 1941 to Jack Van Sickle and eventually becoming an equestrian facility where Tahoe visitors could go to enjoy trail rides.

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 Sickles resumed their family equestrian business in this new location, operating it as "Stateline Stables," 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.

Van Sickle Bi-State Park works closely with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association to provide the Park's trailhead and connector to the Tahoe Region's most spectacular trail. In 2016, this outstanding partner worked with Nevada State Parks and the Conservancy to install a new bridge across the Park's popular year-round waterfall, improving access for horses, mountain bikes and hikers. Come enjoy it this summer!


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Recreational Opportunities

Hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

Be sure to take the short walk or bike from your lodging property if you stay in the South Shore's 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 Heavenly Village Way and Montreal/Lake Parkway.

The City of South Lake Tahoe's "Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead" visitor information facility, located in Heavenly Village, is a great first stop for visitors to learn more.

Seasons Accessible

Gates and restrooms are open summer (beginning May 1) and fall (closing October 31). Hikers, mountain bikers, and people on skis and snowshoes can use the City's fee-based parking garage located on Heavenly Village Way and walk in in the off season - no restrooms are available!

Sledding is NOT permitted on the Van Sickle Bi-State Park access road!




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.


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.

momto2ajs, 7/28/2011

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!

Marcus Prazniak, 5/24/2012

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.

Alex Bonner, 7/19/2012

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

jerry scheberies oakland calif, 12/27/2013

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.

Tom B, 6/11/2014

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.

Terry Cuyler, 7/20/2014

Maps can be found on the California Tahoe Conservancy website at: , or at the Explore Tahoe building located at 4114 Lake Tahoe Boulevard (the transit station) near the CA/NV state line.

Nick Meyer, 6/29/2015

The People at The Transit Station Behind the Explore Tahoe building located at 4114 Lake Tahoe Boulevard near the CA/NV state line were very helpful and have maps. The place looked closed but was open. We were staying at The Ridge Resort (Near Heavenly Stagecoach Chair Lift) - UP and behind the Casinos. The Ridge Resort has a Trail Head behind the Tennis Court that connects to the Tahoe Rim Trail and Van Sickle connects to the Tahoe Rim Trail - we were able to hike from The Ridge Resort all the way down to Jamba Juice in the Raley's Shopping Center (about 5mi - mostly downhill) and catch the Shuttle (at the transit station) back to The Ridge Resort. This is the 4th year of a drought and late September and the waterfall in Van Sickle was still flowing! Beautiful scenery including views of Lake Tahoe from above. Highly Recommended!

Fred Bennett, 10/2/2015

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