Things To Do in Truckee

If diversity is what you’re looking for, the things to do in Truckee 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 things to do in Truckee. 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.

Things to Do in Truckee Year-Round

As the snow melts, things to do in Truckee 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.

Things to Do in Truckee by Category

Around Tahoe Tours

889 Tahoe Boulevard, Unit C, Incline Village, NV
(775) 345-5966

Around Tahoe Tours is your best bet for getting a true feel and knowledge of the Tahoe area. Created by Chris and Darin Talbot, the tour agency is a culmination of their knowledge that began when they moved to the area in 1977. Tours include private tours and group tours, ranging from either one to four people or five to eight people. The tours focus...read more

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Art Truckee

Truckee Thing to Do
10072 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 448-3423

This gallery and wine bar gathers a wide range of local arts under one roof in the historic Capitol Building, the oldest building in the town of Truckee. Featuring the art of Erskine Photography and Glasforms Glassblowing and relocating the many works of the Arts Obsessions collection, the gallery also has weekly live music and other community-building gatherings on the schedule, taking advantage of the...read more

This gallery and wine bar gathers a wide range of local arts under one roof...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 is a nod to the story of the snow-stranded emigrants and their ill-fated wagon train in the winter of 1846–47. One part of the forlorn pioneer group made camp near Donner Lake, now site...read more

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

Explore! Sierra Touring Company

Truckee Thing to Do
2634 County Road A-23, Beckwourth, CA
(530) 927-9743

If you are looking for a way to turn that frown upside down, then you must check out Explore! Sierra Touring Company. An outdoor adventure company specializing in the fun factor obtained from ATVs, Explore! Sierra Touring Company is gifted in connecting you with nature, your companions and your best self. They offer outings for any group or situation, whether it's a wedding, a corporate...read more

If you are looking for a way to turn that frown upside down, then you...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 FAA certified...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
12000 Pioneer Trail, Suite # 2, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-4900

Lake Tahoe has only one outflow – the Truckee River. And for 25 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 25 years IRIE...read more

Lost Sauna Co.

310 Carnelian Woods Avenue, Carnelian Bay, CA
(218) 310-4552

After a long day in the mountains, have you ever wished you had a sauna to help restore your aching body? Thanks to Lost Sauna Co., you can have your own personal sauna free of the hassles of owning or setting it up. A full-service rental company, Lost Sauna Co. rents beautifully finished, clean, top-quality sauna units. The entire process is simple. They come to...read more

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Northstar California Resort

Northstar California Resort
Village at Northstar
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

Ponderosa Golf Course

Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District
Truckee Thing to Do
10040 Reynold Way, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-3501
Ponderosa Golf Course is a quintessential Truckee story. The 9-hole public course will be 60 years old in the spring of 2021 and was built by the residents of the town. The course was family owned for most of that half-century but was kept from being turned into a subdivision when the Truckee Airport District purchased it in 2008. Now Ponderosa is managed by Truckee...read more
Ponderosa Golf Course is a quintessential Truckee story. The 9-hole public course will be 60...read more

Tahoe Donner Association

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

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

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

Tahoe Donner Downhill Ski Area

Tahoe Donner Association
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 Resort. Compared to the many large, corporate ski resorts in the Truckee-North Tahoe area, Tahoe Donner Downhill 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 ski area prides itself...read more

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