Lake Tahoe: Accessibility

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The National Park Service and other governmental agencies in the Lake Tahoe area are continually working to provide access to all visitors to the scenic wonderland of Lake Tahoe. Facilities are being upgraded to meet universal access requirements according to the availability of funding. Many of the activities and facilities in the area provide access to those with disabilities. If you have any questions concerning accessibility, contact the local Forest Service Office or any of the Visitor Centers. Read More

Many recreational and historical sites in and around Lake Tahoe has worked hard to make their facilities accessible to everyone. Following is just a few of the many sites easily seen by all visitors – even those with disabilities.

All facilities at the Visitor Center are wheelchair accessible, including the Rainbow Trail, Stream Profile Chamber, and restrooms. The Taylor Creek Visitor Center also houses the Lake of the Sky Amphitheater, which hosts programs, activities and events throughout the summer and early fall. Many of the trails in the immediate area of the Taylor Creek Visitor Center are wheelchair accessible.

The Tallac Historic Site including the Baldwin Museum, the Heller Estate, and the Boathouse Theater are accessible to those in wheelchairs. Ramps are available to enable access to the first floor of the Pope House.

All viewpoints at Inspiration Point (Emerald Bay) are accessible via paved walkways, and the restrooms are accessible, too. At Eagle Falls Picnic Area also at Emerald Bay, all facilities including the restrooms are fully accessible. The summer home of Mrs. Lora Knight – Vikingsholm – was completed in 1929. Each Wednesday at 1:00 pm during the summer tour season, California State Parks offers those with limited mobility the opportunity to ride to the site in a park vehicle.

The Gatekeeper's Museum in Tahoe City is a reconstruction of the original Gatekeeper's Cabin. It now displays Tahoe history, from its Native inhabitants through the logging era and the establishment of the tourism industry at Lake Tahoe. The museum has a ramp, and most exhibits are accessible.

Spooner Lake State Park offers a paved trail to shaded picnic areas, plus restrooms. The Explore Tahoe Visitor Center has accessible exhibits, parking and restrooms. The attendees operating Heavenly Mountain Resort Gondola will stop the gondola car to give time to those in wheelchairs and strollers to board.

There are various places to take in the area's spectacular views. These include the West Shore, portions of the Truckee River Bike Path, the Secret Harbor Vista, Logan Shoals Vista Point, Cave Rock Parking Area, and several beach areas. Most of these locations provide parking lots or turnouts where you can enjoy the scenery without leaving your vehicle, and Logan Shoals has a dirt trail to a nice overlook.