Lake Tahoe Sights

Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum

  • 12593 Donner Pass Rd. Map It
  • Truckee
  • Lake, Donner Memorial Sate Park, Truckee, California

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Published 11/12/2015

Fodor's Review

The park and museum commemorate the Donner Party, westward-bound pioneers—about 90; historians debate the exact number—who became trapped in the Sierra in the winter of 1846–47 in snow 22 feet deep. Barely more than half the pioneers survived, some by resorting to cannibalism. In the park, you can picnic, hike, camp, and go boating, fishing, and waterskiing in summer; winter brings cross-country skiing and snowshoeing on groomed trails. A new visitor's center and museum contains exhibits about the Donner Party's plight, regional Native Americans, and railroad and transportation development through Donner Pass and the Sierra.

Sight Information


12593 Donner Pass Rd., off I–80, 2 miles west of Truckee, Truckee, California, 96161, United States

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530-582–7892-museum; 800-444–7275-camping reservations


Sight Details:

  • $8 parking, day use
  • Museum daily 10–5

Published 11/12/2015


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