Truckee Ranger Station
The Truckee Ranger District headquarters and ESIA bookstore is located off U.S. Highway 80 in the historic mining town of Truckee California.
The center is open year-round, Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm. Bus parking is available. Call ahead: 530.587-3558
Just north of Lake Tahoe and west of Reno, Nevada, Truckee and the surrounding Tahoe National Forest provide a perfect playground for year-round recreation. In summer months, the high elevation of the Sierra Nevada mountains, combined with California's mild climate, provides warm days, cool nights and clear skies more often than not. Endless hiking trails and climbing routes with incredible vistas are accessed nearby in the Granite Chief Wilderness. For those who like the water, swimming, floating and fishing opportunities abound along the Truckee and American rivers, as well as on the many reservoirs and lakes found throughout the region, including iconic Lake Tahoe. Camping, exploring nearby historic sites, and off-highway vehicle adventures round out the perfect summer holiday.
In winter, travelers from the world over flock to this region for its world-class ski and snowboarding areas, including Squaw Valley, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Snowmobile routes and rentals can also be found nearby, accessing a back roads winter wonderland. Those who like winter's quiet solitude can forego the crowds for cross country skiing and snowshoeing adventures. Ice skating is also available on frozen lakes and developed ice rinks.
The Truckee Ranger District is a treasure trove of historic and prehistoric sites, from indigenous artifacts to remnants of the early settlers, including the Overland Emigrant Trail and infamous Donner Party site. Year-round, visitors should plan to have lots of time to experience the district's unlimited destinations.