Recreation Information - Emergency closures & what's open

  • Fire Restrictions and dispersed camping closure has been lifted.

Forest Access – Forest System lands and non-motorized trails are open if accessible.  For roads and motorized trails see the respective district Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) for the area of interest.

Day Use – Day Use facilities, such as picnic areas and trailheads, are open if accessible except for those facilities that are co-located with a campground that is closed for the season.

Hunting - Allowed with applicable license and tags in accordance with California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

Recreational Target Shooting - Allowed on the Tahoe National Forests. Please shoot responsibily; review the Firearms Use guide and be aware of property boundaries.

Campfire Permits - Campfire permits are required for the use of open fires, such as wood (campfire), barbecues (charcoal) and portable stoves (gas) on federally managed lands. A campfire permit does not give a person permission to access or camp on National Forest or private lands.

Campgrounds - All campgrounds within the Tahoe National Forest are now closed for the remainder of the 2020 season. 


TAHOE NATIONAL FOREST Offers Virtual Services in Response to COVID-19

TNF COVID19 graphicThe Tahoe National Forest is closing offices and implementing virtual services to protect the health and safety of employees and members of the public during the COVID-19 outbreak in accordance with guidance from federal and state authorities.

These actions have been taken based on the best available medical advice to limit gatherings of large numbers of people and to promote social distancing.


Many services traditionally offered in our public offices are available online:

We will continue to update our website with current virtual service information as conditions change. To email the Tahoe National Forest, please use the Contact Us function on our website

To contact your local Tahoe National Office with specific questions, please use the updated telephone numbers below:

  • Tahoe National Forest Supervisors Office (Nevada City): 530-265-4531
  • Truckee Ranger District Office: 530-536-0417
  • Sierraville Ranger District Office: 530-430-7093
  • American River Ranger District Office (Foresthill): 530-492-5631
  • Yuba River Ranger District Office (Camptonville): 530-362-8259


Popular Recreation Activities

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We have lots more information about recreation opportunities across the forest!


E-Bike Opportunities

eBike iconThe Tahoe National Forest offers a wide variety of e-bike riding opportunities. This includes over 2,000-miles of roads, 195-miles of OHV trails, and an additional 190 miles of single-track motorcycle trails. All roads and trails open to motor vehicle use are available for all classes of e-bikes. More...

Recent News


Tahoe NF Fire Employment - Spotlight

Now Hiring - Fire

USFS-Tahoe National Forest is hiring for TEMPORARY FIRE and NON-FIRE positions for the 2021 field season. The anticipated start date for these positions is April, May and/or June 2021.

Christmas Trees on the Tahoe National Forest

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Keep the family tradition alive this year -or start a new tradition- by cutting a Christmas tree within the Tahoe National Forest. 


California Fire and Smoke Map

Loyalton Fire and Smoke

Firefighters are working hard to minimize the impacts of fire but we are experiencing moderate to heavy smoke conditions. Here is a helpful resource to understand smoke conditions.

Dispersed Camping Information

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Questions about dispersed camping? Please read over this important information. 

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