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Van Sickle Bi-State Park

State Park
Van Sickle Barn at its previous Lakeside Location 1870 – Conservancy

ADA Accessibility Notes

The California-side day use area has accessible parking, restrooms, path of travel and picnic tables.

***Download the Van Sickle Trail Map from this site, below ***

On July 22, 2011, the gate to Van Sickle Bi-State Park opened to welcome visitors!

Jack Van Sickle dreamed of memorializing his grandfather, Henry Van Sickle, when he donated land in 1989 to create a new Nevada State Park. The State of California later purchased the adjacent portions of "Jack's Ranch," connecting the park to the community of South Lake Tahoe.

The Nevada Division of State Parks and the California Tahoe Conservancy invite you to participate in the realization of Jack’s dream, the only bi-state park in our nation that shares a common entrance. Straddling the California-Nevada border, the park is the product of a partnership between the states of Nevada and California. The park’s unique location close to the large “bed base” at the urban casino core provides the opportunity for people to access Tahoe’s outdoor environment without having to drive from their accommodations -- the adventure begins right outside of the hotel door. The newly-constructed infrastructure for the park – including the access drive, utilities, restrooms, picnic sites, trails and trailhead – will enable the park’s gate to open for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians to enjoy their public land. The Daggett Summit Spur trail, the Tahoe Rim Trail connector being constructed down slope from the ridge line to the park, further expands the park’s recreation opportunities well beyond its boundary.

The California side of the park contains historic buildings that Tahoe visitors have known since the 1960s as Jack's Ranch. The impressive barn was built in the 1860s to hold hay and grain for the area’s Lakeside House way station. At the time it was located across Montreal Road where the Village Center shopping center now stands. Day and night for seven years, the barn also served the horse change needs for freighter teams and stage lines. Over time the barn’s purpose evolved, selling in 1941 to Jack Van Sickle and eventually becoming an equestrian facility where Tahoe visitors could go to enjoy trail rides.

The barn, a circa-1914 log cabin, and housekeeping cabins from the 1930s-era Three Pines Motel were all relocated to their current location in 1960. The Van Sickles resumed their family equestrian business in this new location, operating it as "Stateline Stables," until 1993. Up to 60 horses took riders on the trails throughout this area, making memories for many of Tahoe’s vacationers. Nevada Division of State Parks and the California Tahoe Conservancy both look forward to Van Sickle Bi-State Park being part of Tahoe vacation memories in years to come.

Van Sickle Bi-State Park works closely with the Tahoe Rim Trail Association to provide the Park's trailhead and connector to the Tahoe Region's most spectacular trail. In 2016, this outstanding partner worked with Nevada State Parks and the Conservancy to install a new bridge across the Park's popular year-round waterfall, improving access for horses, mountain bikes and hikers. Come enjoy it this summer!

Pet Friendly Notes

Please keep your dog on a leash within the developed facilities -- the day use area and trailhead.

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking, picnicking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.

Be sure to take the short walk or bike from your lodging property if you stay in the South Shore's Stateline vicinity! Grab a picnic lunch from the many stores and restaurants in town and come explore the trails. The park entrance is located at the junction of Heavenly Village Way and Montreal/Lake Parkway.

The City of South Lake Tahoe's "Explore Tahoe: An Urban Trailhead" visitor information facility, located in Heavenly Village, is a great first stop for visitors to learn more.


Seasons Accessible

Gates and restrooms are open summer (beginning May 1) and fall (closing October 31). Hikers, mountain bikers, and people on skis and snowshoes can use the City's fee-based parking garage located on Heavenly Village Way and walk in in the off season - no restrooms are available!

Sledding is NOT permitted on the Van Sickle Bi-State Park access road!



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