Welcome to beautiful, blue South Lake Tahoe! Every summer Tahoe's waters beckon boaters, water skiers and anglers. Other visitors try biking, hiking, tennis, horseback riding, site seeing and sunbathing. While winter attracts skiers to the areas many Alpine ski resorts. Whatever your passions you'll find it here in South Lake Tahoe.


Mountain bikers are a special breed of crazy, and Tahoe South's legendary trails draw these daredevils from far and wide. Some of them even live here permanently, so your knobby tires will be in good local company.

From the heart-pounding downhill track of the Saxon Creek Trail (nickname: Mr. Toad's Wild Ride) to the gorgeous Flume Trail there are rides for every technical level. For the truly ambitious, you can link trails and ride seven summits in one day.

Tahoe South has been designated as a Bike Friendly Community, so bike paths for the social spin are plentiful and so are shops staffed by experts that rent and sell quality bikes The famed loop around Lake Tahoe is 72 miles of scenery: deep blue water, Douglas Fir groves, and breathtaking views of Emerald Bay. The road also passes quaint waterfront lodging and plenty of eateries to fuel the journey.

The best part about biking in South Lake Tahoe? Plunging your sweaty self into the lake after your ride. Easy beach access means you can go straight from the trails to the water. Trust us, you'll need a rinse.

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Tahoe Area Mountain Biking Association (TAMBA)

Mountain Bike Map

Hiking and Running

It's good for the soul to wander outside the range of cell phone service—or at least act like you did.

Tahoe South has plenty of opportunities for hiking or trail running up glacier-carved granite slopes, finding hidden waterfalls, and discovering alpine meadows painted with wildflowers. Your inner naturalist will be delighted.

The South Lake Tahoe region is crossed with an extensive network of backcountry trails that is sure to lead you to your happy place, though runners looking for paved paths will not be disappointed. For the truly dedicated pavement-pounders, the Lake Tahoe Marathon happens each September.

You could spend a week backpacking through Desolation Wilderness, or just go daytripping with a picnic. Lake Tahoe has hiking trails for the hardcore and weekend warrior alike. You could even get your forest cowboy on, with lots of equestrian trails, including the 165 mile Tahoe Rim Trail.

In winter, show cold who's boss by strapping on some snowshoes and clambering up the same trails. You'll be rewarded with snowy solitude and breathtaking views of Lake Tahoe at its most serene.

Tahoe Mountain Milers

Tahoe Rim Trail

Pacific Crest Trail

USFS Hiking Trails

Hiking tips

Water Recreation

In case you didn't know, there's a lake up here. A big lake.

We know—how unexpected. A beautiful, clear lake that you can splash around in to your heart's content, along with plenty of other activities.

At South Lake Tahoe you could water ski, perhaps reenacting the infamous Fonzie-jumping-the-shark episode of Happy Days . Or be a little more X-Games-y and try wakeboarding. Maybe take a standup paddle boarding lesson and glide across the lake's surface with dignity.

Or take the opportunity to play that “I'm on a Boat” song and climb aboard a kayak, sailboat, or historic paddlewheeler for a sunset cruise. If that sounds utterly sleep-inducing, may we suggest hopping on a speed boat at Zephyr Cove? You're guaranteed to terrify and delight any small children aboard as you go fast enough to make your lips flap in the breeze.

Not predatory enough? Go fishing! With visibility to 75 feet below its surface, Lake Tahoe is home to more fish than you can shake a pole at. Just be on the lookout for Tahoe Tessie—the dragon-dinosaur that is rumored to swim in Tahoe's depths. ‘Cause if you see her, you'll have one awesome “one that got away” story.

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Ski and Snowboard

Sometimes you just gotta strap a board to your feet and send yourself hurtling down a snow-covered mountain.

At Tahoe South, we are happy to oblige your quest for winter adrenaline rushes. And with 40 feet of snow and 300 days of sun a year, conditions are optimal for your winter skiing or snowboarding trip.

We've got world-class ski resorts and acres of backcountry trails, so you can glide down groomed slopes or take a cross-country tour of the winter woods.

Check out the skiing and snowboarding resources we've provided for shuttle services, equipment rental locations, and package deals so you can save some dough while you churn up powder.

Oh, and aprés-ski? None of this lounging-sedately-with-hot-chocolate stuff—in South Lake Tahoe, you can cap off your day on the slopes with a night on the town.

Adventure Mountain Lake Tahoe

Adventure Mountain offers groomed sledding hills and snow play areas, groomed sledding runs for children and adults, plowed parking, and marked trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Bijou Cross-Country

Informal 4 km marked trail across Bijou Community Park, no trail fee, no rentals and lessons.

Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly is one of the most unique snowsports destinations on the planet. With more terrain variety, more hidden glades, more rippin' groomers than any Lake Tahoe resort.

Kirkwood Mountain Resort

Kirkwood Mountain Resort is one of the nation's top year-round family destination lifestyle resorts.

Nordic Ski Center at the Lake Tahoe

Community College

Over five kilometers of groomed XC and skate trails! (530) 541-4660 ext. 717

Powder House - (Pioneer Trail)

Book your Ski or Snowboard Rentals Now! We have 7 ski and snowboard rental locations in South Lake Tahoe including the Heavenly Village Gondola.

Sierra-at-Tahoe Resort

Ask any local what they love about Sierra-at-Tahoe® Resort and, aside from the 480 annual inches of fresh powder a year, 2,212 vertical feet, access to Huckleberry Canyon, state-of-the-art terrain parks, wind protected slopes, and carveable corduroy.

River Rafting

Tributary Whitewater Tours

California whitewater rafting trips for all levels. Family vacation trips to wilderness whitewater raft adventures for the expert.
(800) 672-3846 or (530) 346-6812

Truckee River Rafting

175 River Road, Tahoe City, CA 96145

Truckee River Rafting is Tahoe's original raft company, family owned and operated since 1973. You begin your leisurely float in Tahoe City, along a peaceful 5 mile stretch of the Truckee River, ending at the River Ranch Restaurant. Truckee River Rafting is a self guided raft trip offering commercial grade rafts (2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 person rafts) to spend the day on the river. The Truckee River Rafting trip floats you through tranquil stretches of scenic meadows, mountains and small rapids. Our Truckee River raft experience takes approximately 2-3 hours and we encourage you to bring a small cooler with snacks and drinks, please no styrofoam or glass, to enjoy along the way. Truckee River Rafting is fun for all ages (2 years and up) and sure to be a fun, family memory to have for years to come.

  • FREE Kids 2-5 years old.
  • FREE Parking.
    Please carpool if possible - parking is limited.
  • Return Shuttle Bus, Paddles & Vests included
  • Group Rates Available.
  • Operating Daily 8:30-3:30. Last bus at 6pm.
  • Early Bird Rates from 8:30-9:30am.
  • No Time Limit On Trip (runs approx. 2-4 hours).
  • Finish At River Ranch Pond, shuttle returns to Tahoe City.
  • Souvenir Photos Available, view after your trip!
  • Commercial Rafts Hold Up To 10 People.
  • Footwear Mandatory

White Water Voyages

Every rafting season (April-September), our staff of 200+ professional whitewater rafting guides run our white water trips all over California. Many, if not most of these men and women are graduates of the Whitewater Voyages Guide School which has, over the past 30+ years, trained over 3,000 river guides. For anyone who has ever been on a river trip, you know that your rafting guide is a major instigator of the fun and adventure on any rafting trip.

Tahoe White Water Tours

10124 E St
Truckee, CA
(530) 587-5777

Tahoe Whitewater Tours is a family owned and operated company. Our goal to provide you with the most memorable river experience possible. Work with our team to experience the thrill of a lifetime. Satisfaction Guaranteed!

Whether you are looking to raft, kayak or tube, Tahoe Whitewater Tours has the perfect adventure for you.

American Whitewater Expeditions

5981 New River Rd, Coloma, CA 95667
(530) 642-0804

American Whitewater Expeditions is the premier whitewater rafting company in California on the American River . We offer fun, relaxing, and thrilling whitewater rafting trips on the three Forks of the American River for individuals, families, friends, and groups of all sizes. With three different rivers and three levels of adventure to choose from, we can give anyone from ages 6 to 106 an experience that will last a lifetime.

Ahwahnee Whitewater Rafting

Ahwahnee Whitewater rafting offers rafting trips on the Cherry Creek, Tuolumne, Merced and Carson Rivers. The company has half, one, two and three-day trips for kids to adults ranging in age from 6 to 86! Ahwahnee Whitewater has trips for the beginer to the expert with trips ranging from a class II to a class III.

Please call for a free brochure.

Location: PO Box 1161, 22511 Parrotts Ferry Road, Columbia California 95310 Telephone 209-533-1401 Toll Free: 800-359-9790

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