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

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


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

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

Black Tie Ski Delivery

12219 Business Park Drive Suite 6, Truckee, CA
(530) 550-1092
298 Kingsbury Grade Roadd #1a, Stateline, NV
(775) 588-5800
(866) 360-6433

With locations in all the top ski destinations in North America, it’s no surprise that Black Tie Ski Delivery brings all the top gear to visitors to North Lake Tahoe as well. They call themselves a ski concierge, meaning Black Tie staff set its customers up from head to toe with helmets, goggles, outerwear, boots and skis — all custom-fitted in your hotel room, condo... read more

Clair Tappaan Lodge

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

Hang Gliding Tahoe

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

IRIE Rafting Company

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

Matt Heron Fly Fishing

Resort at Squaw Creek
400 Squaw Creek Road, Olympic Valley, CA
(518) 225-6587

Based out of the Resort at Squaw Creek, Matt Heron Fly Fishing is a great summer day excursion for those ready to try their hand at flipping the wrist and casting a line. Heron, a guide with more than 26 years of experience and a Federation of Fly Fishers Certified Casting Instructor, is the only fly fishing instructor in Squaw Valley. He offers a variety... read more

Northstar California Resort

Northstar California Resort
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

Tahoe Adventure Company

7010 N. Lake Boulevard, Tahoe Vista, CA
(530) 913-9212

Tahoe Adventure Company is a way to access any outdoor adventure in Lake Tahoe. Whether it is rock climbing or kayaking, mountain biking or hiking, Tahoe Adventure Company prides itself in creating custom recreation tours that connect exactly with what the guest desires. They add a ton of local knowledge to each of their trips. They also offer paddleboard rentals and cruises. Other fun experiences... read more

Tahoe Brew Tours

4143 Cedar Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA
(775) 375-0526

Tahoe has some great breweries, and one of the best ways to experience them is with Tahoe Brew Tours. This service provides a knowledgeable guide and tour bus to shuttle you on an exploration of some of the craft beer breweries in the basin. Choose either the standard six-hour tour with pick-up and drop-off locations on both the North and South Shores, or the afternoon... read more

Tahoe Dave's Skis & Boards

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