Tallac Historic Site


A century ago, what is now the Tallac Historic Site held the "Grandest Resort in the World" and the summer retreats for three of San Francisco Bay Area's socially elite families.  Today, the remains of the resort and the restored estates attract  thousands of visitors annually to recapture this bygone and significant era in Tahoe's history.  The Tallac Historic Site offers something for everyone and is adjacent to Kiva picnic area and the Taylor Creek Visitor Center.  Many paths and most buildings are accessible.

Between June and September you may join a Tallac interpreter for heritage programs, guided walks, building tours, demonstrations, behind the scenes peeks, and more.  A changing schedule of activities with times, places, and a detailed description is available at the Visitors Center and the Baldwin Museum.  Though the buildings are closed during the winter, the site is popular for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.

  • Volunteering at the Tallac Site
    Are you interested in becoming a volunteer at the Tallac Historic Site?  There are many ways to help.  Some volunteers take part in the continued preservation, restoration, and maintenance of structures, grounds, artifacts and machinery.  Others prefer providing tours. Still others assist in a variety of museum related activities including staffing or behind the scenes projects. Volunteers can sign-up through the Forest Service partner organization, the Tahoe Heritage Foundation. Contact Mikan Gosuico at (530) 544-7383 or email mikan@tahoeheritage.org. For additional information, please visit the Tallac Site Volunteer Information web page.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: The Tallac historic Site is open weekends only beginning Memorial Day weekend through mid-June and daily beginning mid-June through September.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Open Season: Memorial Weekend - through September
Usage: Medium-Heavy
Best Season: June-September
Busiest Season: July-August
Restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted at the Tallac Historic Site and on the trails.  Pet owners are expected to clean up after their pets, doggie bags are available.  Please note, pets are not permitted in or near the Taylor Creek Marsh.  
Closest Towns: South Lake Tahoe, California.
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: Located on National Forest land and is operated by the U.S. Forest Service.

General Information


Many paths and most buildings at the Tallac Historic Site are wheelchair accessible.


The parking lot at the Tallac Historic Site can accomodate approximately 50 vehicles and includes pull-through RV parking.


The Tallac Historic Site is located approximately 3 miles north of South Lake Tahoe on the lake side of Highway 89.  The entrance is across the street from Fallen Leaf Lake Road.

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Toilets Restrooms are located in the center and on the west end of the site.
Accessible Many paths and some buildings are accessible.
Picnic tables Picnic tables are located on the west end of the site.
Parking The parking lot is located on the west end of the site.
Interpretive Site Join an interpreter for heritage programs, guided walks, building tours, demonstrations, behind the scenes peeks, and more.
Drinking water Water Fountains are located in a couple of locations at the site.