Sno-Park - Lake Tahoe | Wild Camping

United States



Last Visited: 4 months ago
GPS: 38.93214, -120.05692
Altitude: 1889.4 masl
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Electricity: No
Wifi: No
Kitchen: No
Restaurant: No
Showers: No
Water: No
Toilets: Pit Toilets
Big Rig Friendly: Yes
Tent Friendly: No
Pet Friendly: Yes

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MODERATOR NOTE: Place removed because wild camping in the National Park is illegal.

ADMIN NOTE: from 28 LTBMU LEO(Forest Service Law Enforcement Officer) - USDA Forest Service Forest Order 19-19-02 prohibits camping outside of a Developed Campground on federal lands inside the Lake Tahoe Basin. All snow parks are permitted operations, hence subject to federal rules and regulations. link to Order:


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typical snow park. good for a night. super chill. 5 other cars here when I arrived at midnight.

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NO OVERNIGHT PARKING.. even with a permit.

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Tried going here today. The sno-park was closed due to its proximity to Rainbow Trail - which is closed due to COVID-19, as well as some people taking selfie’s with the bears eating the salmon on the creek.

Looks like a good spot to stay when it reopens.

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Stayed here for 1 night. This place was very quiet, spacious and dark. Great spot to rest or have a good night sleep. While we were here we didn't see any bathrooms but we found some at the state park about 10min from here.

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Stayed here a total of 4 nights while in the Lake Tahoe area. Super quiet and dark. Had great nights here. No cell service though. Had 1 bar every once in a while, but don't count on it. Starting in November you need a pass, like the others said. We had no problems here. Great spot!

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stayed 2 nights in Summer no problems best nights sleep, so quiet. Saw Sherrif parked when arrived and asked if we could stay - he did not know. But sign clearly says permit required between 1 Nov to 30 May.

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Requires permit or there is a $95 fine. $5 for the day or $40 for the season. A local told me they are becoming more strict. He also told me if you park on the dirt to the right of the road it’s forest land technically. If the gate is open there are good pullout spots back in there. I went in and nobody bothered me but be respectful as there are residences nearby.

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Was a nice spot until some D-bag showed up at 1 AM in a modified Audi with a loud exhaust to woke us up to park and leave his xenon headlight directly pounting at us. Ended up leaving to another spot.

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Very nice open parking lot surrounded by pines. We stayed 3 nights here in our 20ft camper. Big rigs will fit. Not busy at night but there are hiking tracks here so expect some vehicles during the day. Free and acceptable. No amenities

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As described, quiet and no one there.
perfect spot out of the busy spots.

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Very quiet place for the night. Only two other vehicles were there. Also possible for big rigs. There was no sign for „no overnight parking“. No one disturbed us. It was off season and I don’t know how it is in season. It also has a pit toilet on the right side.

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Big parking lot next to Cathedral Road. We stayed here for the night. No facilities but very quiet. The ranger came in the morning, just checking how we are doing and for how long we plan to stay.
Good possibility in winter, because many of the smaller roads, forest roads and campgrounds are closed.
Don't know how it is in summer.

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