Truckee Things To Do in Summer

In the scenic and rustic town of Truckee, you’ll want to be outside as much as possible, taking in the surrounding area and Old West-feeling downtown. And good news – Truckee things to do in summer let you commune with nature and celebrate the great outdoors to your heart’s content. Familiarize yourself with the area with a private or self-guided tour. Summertime Truckee activities like hiking and biking trails also let you experience the peaceful setting while getting in a little (or a lot of) exercise as you meander through trails in the valley, mountains or along reservoirs. The state parks in the area offer a wilderness escape where you can take advantage of Truckee things to do in summer like hiking, picnicking or even on mountaineering expeditions.

Truckee things to do in summer months includes organized outdoor activities too. Bike parks are popular in Truckee, so you can practice your jumps or have fun just watching the masters perform their tricks. When you’re in a vibrant town like this one, there’s no reason not to immerse yourself in the community, and a warm weather Truckee activity like a trip to a farmers’ market offers an excellent way to interact with locals and enjoy regionally produced goods. When it’s later in the day, head downtown on Thursday summer evenings for a street fair.

Truckee Things to Do in Summer to Cool Off

If all of this bustle makes you work up a sweat, cool off with a dip in Donner Lake. Truckee things to do in the summer feature a variety of watersports, kayaking, paddleboarding or zipping along in a powerboat. For the thrill seekers, rafting trips get you in the twists and turns of the rapids in the Truckee River. With all of these happenings, you can stay busy as much or as little as you’d like. Check out the listings below to see what Truckee summer activities will fill your visit with excitement.

Summer Activities by Category

Tahoe Donner Cross Country Ski Area

Tahoe Donner
Truckee Summer Activity
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, a ski rental center and fat-tire bike rentals. 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. Depending...read more

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Tahoe Donner Equestrian Center

Tahoe Donner
Truckee Summer Activity
15275 Alder Creek Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 587-9470

One way for almost every person to explore Tahoe Donner’s nearly 3,500 acres of open space mountain scenery is on horseback via more than 100 km of trails. During the summer season Tahoe Donner’s equestrian center offers a variety of guided rides for members of the homeowners association, their guests and the public. Choose from 1-hour to 2-hour trail rides, with the latter best suited...read more

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The Pour House Wine Shop

Truckee Summer Activity
10075 Jibboom Street, Truckee, CA
(530) 550-9664

Sure, you can buy a bottle of wine from a grocery store chain or at expensive and pretentious wine bars. Better is discovering that little out-of-the-way place with character, selection and owners happy to help wine novices and connoisseurs alike. The Pour House Wine Shop in Truckee is that place. Settled in a funky old clapboard house behind downtown’s Commercial Row, the Pour House curates...read more

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Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District

Truckee Summer Activity
8924 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7720

Take a look around and it’s clear that Truckee is a special town: history, mountains, lakes, river and forests. But there are many hidden gems known mostly to locals. The thing is, those gems are kept shining by the Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District for the enjoyment of locals and visitors. Some of the amenities and facilities managed by the district are accessible for free,...read more

Take a look around and it’s clear that Truckee is a special town: history, mountains,...read more

Villager Candle Shop, Pottery & More

Northstar California Resort
Village at Northstar
Truckee Summer Activity
7001 Northstar Drive, #7111, Truckee, CA
(530) 562-8884

The Villager Candle Shop is the place to let your creative side run free. This studio offers a place where individuals or groups can make their own candles, paint pottery or create their own mosaics. Bear Village inside the shop allows visitors to build their own stuffed animals. Or, if you prefer to indulge your artistic license in a more private setting, you can purchase...read more

The Villager Candle Shop is the place to let your creative side run free. This...read more

West End Beach of Donner Lake

Truckee-Donner Recreation & Park District
Truckee Summer Activity
15962 South Shore Drive, Truckee, CA
(530) 582-7720

Lake Tahoe, 15 minutes away, gets all the attention, but Truckee has a gem of its own: Donner Lake. While not as big and broad as Big Blue, Donner Lake offers up a good bit of watery fun too. One of the best places to access Donner is West End Beach. In summer months, there is a modest admission fee to enter the 10-acre west...read more

Lake Tahoe, 15 minutes away, gets all the attention, but Truckee has a gem of...read more