Truckee Things To Do

If diversity is what you’re looking for, Truckee things to do will give you that in full measure. From hitting a little white ball into an unreasonably small hole to barreling down a snow-covered hill on whatever slides to hoisting onto the back of an amiable horse, you’ve got lots of choices for activities here. And we didn’t even mention biking, hiking, shopping and bar hopping!

All four seasons present their own selection of Truckee things to do. Winter sports reign supreme, and the ski resorts here are super. Long, groomed runs with a laid-back style are the keystones of the Northstar California resort. No matter if you’re a beginner starting out at the Burton Progression Center or are already jumping the Straits, your ability is celebrated. Other snowy Truckee activities include tubing, Telemark skiing and snowshoeing. At the top of Donner Summit, Boreal Mountain Resort is great for families on a budget and anyone wanting to heighten their amateur ski and board status at a quieter location. You can also enjoy the night skiing. Nearby Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area is another choice for a low-key Truckee activity.

Truckee Things to Do are Year-Round

As the snow melts, Truckee things to do center on being outside to experience the landscape as it comes back to color. Bike trails beckon, and there are lots of them around town that are good for beginners and seasoned cyclers. Or, seeing the beauty of the mountains and Donner Lake from atop a noble steed offers an unforgettable memory. When the Lake beckons, get as close to the water by renting boats, kayaks, SUPs and canoes.

During summer Truckee Thursdays street festivals open up downtown for exploration, great bargains and meeting the locals. Then, get your tickets early for the annual ghost tours in October. Costumed volunteers take on spirited personas to tell tales of old Truckee.

Truckee Things To Do by Category

A Singletrack Mind

Truckee Thing to Do
P.O. Box 2123, Truckee, CA
(209) 662-4146

If you’re thinking of heading to Truckee-Tahoe and hitting the developed, lift-assisted mountain biking park or the many technical singletrack trails in the region and want to either develop or expand your bike-handling skills, contact the folks at A Singletrack Mind. These professional mountain bike fanatics want to pass on their knowledge so you can tap all the fun the sport has to offer. They... read more

If you’re thinking of heading to Truckee-Tahoe and hitting the developed, lift-assisted mountain biking park... read more

Atelier

Truckee Thing to Do
10128 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 386-2700

Atelier in downtown Truckee is a place for visitors and locals alike to let their inner artists out. Atelier is a workshop space where accomplished and neophyte artists are encouraged to create in the same space. Along with art available for sale, regular gallery showings and exclusive art supplies, Atelier hosts a wide range of workshops for the public to partake in as well. Try... read more

Atelier in downtown Truckee is a place for visitors and locals alike to let their... read more

Big Blue Adventure

P.O. Box 2720, Kings Beach, CA
(530) 546-1019

For more than a dozen years, Big Blue Adventure has hosted a variety of sporting events around Lake Tahoe and Truckee. When summer arrives, Big Blue Adventure’s events start rolling, so they are perfect for those visiting the area and who want to try out their competitiveness. That said, Big Blue Adventure races are great for people who just want to get out and move... read more

For more than a dozen years, Big Blue Adventure has hosted a variety of sporting... read more

Clair Tappaan Lodge

Truckee Thing to Do
19940 Donner Pass Road, Norden, CA
(530) 426-3632

One of Truckee’s hidden gems sits atop Donner Summit at 7,000 feet. Clair Tappaan Lodge was constructed in 1934 by Sierra Club volunteers, and, just like Donner Summit itself, the rest is history. The stunningly rustic mountain lodge offers accommodations for up to 145 guests, many of whom are cross-country skiers and snowshoers in winter and hikers, rock climbers and cyclists in summer. The lodge... read more

One of Truckee’s hidden gems sits atop Donner Summit at 7,000 feet. Clair Tappaan Lodge... read more

Donner Memorial State Park

Truckee Thing to Do
12593 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7892

History buffs, campers, cyclists, hikers and those who love their water sports will find Donner Memorial State Park the perfect place for either a visit or an extended stay. The Donner name may not ring a bell for those who didn’t excel in their Western United States history class, but throw in the word “cannibalism” and the story of the snow-stranded emigrants and their ill-fated... read more

History buffs, campers, cyclists, hikers and those who love their water sports will find Donner... read more

Hang Gliding Tahoe

Truckee Thing to Do
2640 E. College Parkway, Carson City, NV
(775) 772-8232

You love Lake Tahoe, and you feel as if you’ve seen all the sights it has to offer. But as the old saying goes, you ain’t seen nothing yet ... not until you’ve seen it from the air, piloting your own aircraft over the Carson Range and into the Tahoe Basin. With Hang Gliding Tahoe, you fly a powered hang glider with an instructor along... read more

You love Lake Tahoe, and you feel as if you’ve seen all the sights it... read more

IRIE Rafting Company

Truckee Thing to Do
11253 Brockway Road, Suite 103, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-4900

Lake Tahoe has only one outflow — the Truckee River. And for 20 years IRIE Rafting Company has given visitors a close-up view of the waterway as well as the region's north and middle forks of the American River and the Carson River. For those wanting to stay closer to Truckee, IRIE offers half- and full-day trips on the Truckee River after it flows past... read more

Lake Tahoe has only one outflow — the Truckee River. And for 20 years IRIE... read more

Northstar California Resort

Northstar California Resort
Truckee Thing to Do
5001 Northstar Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 562-1010

Since 1972, the Northstar California Resort has drawn winter sports enthusiasts to the area. Twenty different lifts provide access to some 100 trails on more than 3,000 acres of skiable terrain. The majority of the trails are designed for intermediate level skiers, while about a quarter of them are for advanced skiers and the remainder are just right for beginners. Speaking of beginners, Northstar offers... read more

Since 1972, the Northstar California Resort has drawn winter sports enthusiasts to the area. Twenty... read more

Tahoe Dave's Skis & Boards

Truckee Thing to Do
10200 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-0900
600 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-0400
590 North Lake Boulevard, Tahoe City, CA
(530) 583-6415
3039 CA Highway 89, Olympic Valley, CA
(530) 583-5665
8299 North Lake Boulevard, Kings Beach, CA
(530) 546-5800

Tahoe Dave's is a full-service ski and snowboard shop offering rentals, demos, sales and all the equipment and clothing needed for a fun day outside. They have multiple locations around the Tahoe Basin that are interconnected to make returning rental and demo gear a breeze. You can bring skis, snowboards, boots and poles back to any of the Tahoe Dave's rental shops despite where you... read more

Tahoe Dave's is a full-service ski and snowboard shop offering rentals, demos, sales and all... read more

Tahoe Donner

Truckee Thing to Do
11509 Northwoods Boulevard, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9400

The sprawling Tahoe Donner subdivision and its 6,000-plus homes above Truckee is many things to lots of people. For some it is their home neighborhood; for others it’s where they rent a house for a few days in winter or summer. Locals and visitors all take advantage of the Tahoe Donner Association’s 7,000 acres and equally vast amenities available to homeowners as well as to... read more

The sprawling Tahoe Donner subdivision and its 6,000-plus homes above Truckee is many things to... read more

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area

Tahoe Donner
Truckee Thing to Do
15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9484

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski is one of the most extensive and scenic Nordic ski centers in the West. It includes Alder Creek Adventure Center and a café/bar, ski rental center and fat-tired bike rentals too. From lung-busting climbs to flat meadows, Tahoe Donner has more than 100 km of trails groomed for skate skiing and traditional cross-country striding as well as snowshoeing. Depending on... read more

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski is one of the most extensive and scenic Nordic ski... read more

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area

Tahoe Donner
Truckee Thing to Do
11603 Snowpeak Way, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9444

One of the many hidden gems of Truckee is Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. Compared to the many large, corporate ski resorts in the Truckee-North Tahoe area, Tahoe Donner Ski Area is small. But then again, that’s like comparing apples to oranges. Ask locals where their kids learned to ski and there’s a very good chance it was on the slopes at Tahoe Donner. The... read more

One of the many hidden gems of Truckee is Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area. Compared... read more