Taylor Creek Visitor Center

Area Status: Open
This area is 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 north of the City of South Lake Tahoe. The visitor center serves as a hub where four fascinating self-guided trails begin. In 2021, the visitor center will be open with limited services Fri-Sun from 10-4 p.m. beginning in mid-June. 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 allowed. 

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 by email at daniel.cressy@usda.gov.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Parking area and grounds open. Limited visitor services begin mid-June. No permits will be issued at the visitor center summer 2021. Desolation Wilderness permits can be reserved online at www.recreation.gov. No wood or charcoal fires, propane appliances OK with permit
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/.
Open Season: Memorial Day - October
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.


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Activities


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Amenities

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

Location

 
  Latitude : 
38.9357

  Longitude : 
-120.0539

 

Color graphic of the Travel Management logo featuring a drawing of a trail next to stream and trees.

Travel Management: A Program for Motor Vehicle Route Designation


Buy it where you burn it!

Be aware that firewood can harbor insects and diseases that threaten valuable forest resources. Transporting firewood can move these pests to new locations.

 



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