When you’re looking to rise above the summer heat, go up – to the top of Mt. Rose Highway. Locals may have noticed the campground turnoff sign at the summit of Hwy 431, perhaps not realizing that it leads to a picturesque camping spot with access to some of the best high-country hiking in the basin. Wander easily to the Tahoe Meadows to link up with the Tahoe Rim Trail or the Ophir Creek Trail. Trailheads to Slide Mountain and Mt. Rose itself are nearby as well. The campground offers 24 sites and flush toilets. Fees are $13/night. Visit www.reserveamerica.com for reservations.
If fishing is your game, reel one in at the Boca reservoir. Located just one mile north of Interstate-80 in Truckee, the reservoir is fed by the Little Truckee River and is host to Kokanee salmon, rainbow, brook and brown trout. Three campgrounds surround the reservoir – Boca Campground on the west shore, Boca Rest on the northeastern shore and Boca Spring, one mile east of the reservoir. Amenities vary but can be viewed and booked at www.recreation.gov. All sites are $16/night.
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