Lake Tahoe Travel Guide

Lake Tahoe Sights

Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum

  • 12593 Donner Pass Rd. Map It
  • Truckee

Published 07/06/2016

Fodor's Review

The park and museum commemorate the 89 members of the Donner Party, westward-bound pioneers who became trapped in the Sierra in the winter of 1846ā€“47 in snow 22 feet deep. Barely more than half survived, some by resorting to cannibalism. The absorbing Emigrant Trail Museum in the visitor center contains exhibits about the Donner Party, regional Native Americans, and railroad and transportation development in the area. 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.

  • Lake, Donner Memorial Sate Park, Truckee, California

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Sight Information

Address:

12593 Donner Pass Rd., off Iā€“80, 2 miles west of Truckee, Truckee, California, 96161, USA

Map It

Phone:

530-582ā€“7892-museum

Website: www.parks.ca.gov

Sight Details:

  • $10 parking, day use ($5 in winter)

Published 07/06/2016

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