Taylor Creek Visitor Center

Area Status: Open

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 northwest 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. Campfires (wood and charcoal) 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 Interpretive Services & Conservation Education Program Manager, Lannette Rangel.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No Campfires (Wood or Charcoal)
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site, Accessible, Picnic tables, Toilets, Parking
Permit Info: Desolation Wilderness permits can be reserved online.
Open Season: May/June - October
Usage: Heavy
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 inside the Stream Profile Chamber.
Closest Towns: South Lake Tahoe, California.
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: USDA Forest Service and Great Basin Institute

General Information


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.  


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


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


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


Difficulty Level: Easy

Group Picnicking

Boating - Non-Motorized



XC Skiing/Snowshoeing


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

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