Tallac Historic Site


Area Status: Open

A century ago, what is now the Tallac Historic Site held the title of "Grandest Resort in the World" and was the summer retreat for three of the 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. Adjacent to Lake Tahoe, Kiva Picnic Area and the Taylor Creek Visitor Center, the Tallac Historic Site is operated in partnership with Great Basin Institute.

The Tallac Historic Site is located approximately three miles northwest of the City of South Lake Tahoe on the lake side of Highway 89. The entrance is on Heritage Way across from Fallen Leaf Lake Road. The site offers something for everyone, and many paths and most buildings are accessible. The Tallac site is open Memorial Day weekend through September. 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 (GBI) is an interdisciplinary field studies organization that promotes environmental research, education, and conservation throughout the West. Founded in 1998 at the University of Nevada, GBI’s mission is to advance applied research and ecological literacy through community engagement and agency partnerships to support national parks, national forests, open spaces and public lands. The Great Basin Institute has served as the interpretative association for Taylor Creek Visitor Center since 2018. In 2022, GBI will also serve the Tallac Historic Site, a close neighbor to the visitor center.

During the summer, you may join a Tallac Site 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 onsite at the Baldwin Museum. 

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 and assisting in a variety of museum related activities including staffing or behind the scenes projects. We have opportunities for local residents as well as those able to travel with their own RV. Volunteers can sign-up through the Great Basin Insitute. For more information about our volunteer program, please email GBI.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: No Wood or Charcoal Fires
Operational Hours: The Tallac Historic Site is generally open Memorial Day weekend through September.
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
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: Water fountains are located in a couple of locations along with a water-bottle filling station.
Restroom: Flush
Operated By: Located on National Forest land and is operated by the Great Basin Institute.

General Information

Accessibility:

Many paths and some buildings at the Tallac Historic Site are wheelchair accessible. Please call to make advance arrangements for Pope House tour wheelchair access.


Parking:

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


Directions:

The Tallac Historic Site is located approximately three miles northwest of the City of South Lake Tahoe on the lake side of Highway 89.  


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Sand Play

The Tallac Historic Site is located on the south shore of Lake Tahoe and offers easy access to a sandy beach.

Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy

Mountain Biking

Day Hiking

Stroll through the Tallac Historic Site and go back in time. No hustle and bustle. Enjoy the fresh air as you wander through the tall, majestic trees and walk the scenic paths throughout the site.

Fire Information No campfires
Elevation desc 6225 (Lake Level)
Status: Open
Difficulty Level: Easy

Viewing Wildlife

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery

Visitor Programs

Interpretive Areas

Picnicking

Group Picnicking

Boating - Non-Motorized

Swimming

Windsurfing

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Amenities

Interpretive Site: Join an interpreter for heritage programs, guided walks, building tours, demonstrations, behind the scenes peeks, and more.
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.
Toilets: Restrooms are located in the center and on the west end of the site.
Accessible: Many paths and some buildings are accessible. Please call to make advance arrangements for Pope House tour wheelchair access.
Drinking water: Water Fountains are located in a couple of locations at the site along with a water-bottle filling station.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
38.9387

  Longitude : 
-120.0469