Taylor Creek Visitor Center


Area Status: Closed

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center, operated in partnership with the Great Basin Institute, is located on the south shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe approximately three miles north of the City of South Lake Tahoe. The visitor center serves as a hub where four fascinating self-guided trails begin. The visitor center is typically open from June through October. Though the buildings are closed during the winter, the grounds remain open year-round and the site serves as a popular cross-country skiing and snowshoeing destination. Please note: Wood and charcoal fires are not permitted. 

The Great Basin Institute is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. Founded in 1998 at the University of Nevada, the Institute’s mission is to advance applied research and ecological literacy through community engagement and agency partnerships to support national parks, forests, open spaces and public lands. The Great Basin Institute became the interpretive association for Taylor Creek Visitor Center in 2018.

If you're interested in volunteering at the visitor center this summer, contact our Public Services Staff Officer, Daniel Cressy.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Opens June 2, No Wood or Charcoal Fires
Operational Hours: In 2021, the visitor center will be open with limited services Fri-Sun from 10-4 p.m. beginning in mid-June.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Permit Info: No permits will be issued at the visitor center summer 2021. Desolation Wilderness permits can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov. CA Campfire Permits may be obtained online at https://www.readyforwildfire.org/permits/campfire-permit/.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: June-October
Busiest Season: June-October
Restrictions: Leashed pets are permitted at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center 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 and are not allowed the the Stream Profile Chamber.
Closest Towns: South Lake Tahoe, California.
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: USDA Forest Service and Great Basin Institute

General Information

Accessibility:

All facilities at the Taylor Creek Visitor Center are wheelchair accessible, including the Rainbow Trail, Stream Profile Chamber, Lake of the Sky Amphitheater and restrooms. In addition, audiotape tours of the area are available at no charge at the visitor center.  


Parking:

The parking lot at Taylor Creek Visitor Center can accommodate approximately 100 vehicles and includes pull-through bus and RV parking.


Directions:

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located approximately three miles north of the City of South Lake Tahoe on the lake side of SR 89. The visitor center entrance is just past the entrance to the Tallac Historic Site and Fallen Leaf Lake Road.


Directions:

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located approximately three miles north of the City of South Lake Tahoe on the lake side of SR 89. The visitor center entrance is just past the entrance to the Tallac Historic Site and Fallen Leaf Lake Road.


Parking:

The parking lot at Taylor Creek Visitor Center can accommodate approximately 100 vehicles and includes pull-through bus and RV parking.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Sand Play

Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Easy day hiking near the shore of Lake Tahoe.

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery

Interpretive Areas

Visitor Centers

The Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located on the south shore of beautiful Lake Tahoe.   

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy

Picnicking

Picnicking
Difficulty Level: Easy

Group Picnicking

Boating - Non-Motorized

Swimming

Windsurfing

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Amenities

Interpretive Site: Yes
Picnic tables: Yes
Parking: Yes
Toilets: Flush
Accessible: Yes

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
38.9357

  Longitude : 
-120.0539