Donner Memorial RV & Campground Guide

California

Located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Donner Memorial State Park is the site where the members of the Donner Party were trapped in late 1846. Today, the state park overlooks Donner Lake and Donner Creek with scenic trails, beaches, and a museum that exhibits artifacts from the 19th century related to the events. 

Visitors also enjoy seeing some of the nearby sites such as Lake Tahoe, and the mountainous terrain offers a wide range of wildlife to experience. Throughout the year, the park hosts nature hikes, Junior Ranger programs, and campfire programs that are geared toward visitors of varying ages. 

The mountainous area offers a mild summer, and the area receives a large amount of snow in winter months. The nearby city of Truckee, California, has various restaurants and shops to visit after exploring the park, and Reno, Nevada, is under 30 miles away.

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Weather
Spring 22-64 F
Summer 37-83 F
Fall 22-75 F
Winter 16-44 F
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Nearby Cities
Lake Tahoe, CA
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Donner Memorial

You can find tent and RV camping right inside Donner Memorial State Park and in the surrounding area. The chilly nights at Donner Memorial wouldn't be an issue with an RV, and if you don't own one, renting one from RVshare is quick and convenient with insurance, roadside assistance, and other amenities included right in the price. 

Donner Memorial State Park Campground

Donner Memorial State Park Campground is located within the state park. You can choose between the Creek, Ridge, and Splitrock campsites within the park, and you'll be close to Donner Lake. Rates for RVs up to 28 feet start at $35 per night. 

- Water hookup: No, but tap water is available nearby.

- Electric hookup: No 

- Sewer hookup: No

- Wi-Fi: No

- Pet-friendly: Pets allowed but must be on a leash when outside. 

- Other amenities: Dump station is available off-site at Chevron Station. Picnic table and food locker at each site. The restrooms also have hot showers on site.

Truckee River RV Park

Truckee River RV Park is located right on the Truckee River and offers a central location to visit many of the local state parks and ski resorts in the area. It's located just 6 miles away from Truckee and offers whitewater rafting and fishing right at the RV park. Reservations start at $55 a night for 30 amp and $60 a night for 50 amp. At the time of reservation, there will be a $25 deposit to hold your spot. 

- Water hookup: Yes

- Electric hookup: Yes

- Sewer hookup: Yes

- Wi-Fi: Yes

- Pet-friendly: Up to two pets allowed

- Other amenities: Dump station on site along with a general store, shower, laundry, gas station, propane and deli

Coachland RV Park

Coachland RV Park is typically open year-round and is located just north of I-80 and to the east of Truckee. All of Coachland's sites are pull-through and offer a wooded area for guests. Rates start at $65 per night for up to two guests with an extra $5 per night per guest over 16 years old. 

- Water hookup: Yes

- Electric hookup: Yes

- Sewer hookup: Yes

- Wi-Fi: Yes, and digital cable TV is also included.

- Pet-friendly: Yes, there is also a 1-acre off-leash dog park on-site for dogs 25 pounds or less.

- Other amenities: Laundry facilities, picnic area, playground, clubhouse, RV washing area, propane filling station and fish cleaning station

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What to Do at
Donner Memorial

Inside Donner Memorial

Donner Memorial State Park is nestled among a pine forest right in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and this alpine landscape offers a range of historical and recreational activities for all seasons. You can rent equipment such as paddleboards and kayaks at the concession stand during the summer to use on Donner Lake, which is also stocked with trout throughout the year for fishing. The west side of the lake is a roped-off swimming area complete with a beach and picnic area, and additional swimming areas are located at other parts of the lake. Hiking along the Lakeside Interpretive Trail, you'll find exhibits that show the history of the area. Visitors can also enjoy the Emigrant Trail Museum and Pioneer Monument that has information about the natural history of the area, local Native American cultures, and the Donner party.

Outside Donner Memorial

With Donner Memorial State Park being just a short drive away from historical Truckee, you can find a wide range of activities and restaurants to choose from. Shops offer wines and fine art. You're not far from Reno, Nevada, and Lake Tahoe as well. 

Restaurants

Smokey's Kitchen

Smokey's Kitchen is a family-style restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. The menu focuses primarily on BBQ, brisket, and other options. There are also vegetarian options such as salads, wraps, and veggie burgers. 

Type: BBQ, American

Location: 12036 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA

Golden Rotisserie

Golden Rotisserie offers a combination of authentic Mexican food along with favorites such as rotisserie chicken. Some other dishes include the Golden Burritos that are filled with black beans, sour cream, rice, and cheese along with your choice of meat or veggie and homemade salsa. 

Type: Mexican

Location: 11357 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA

Donner Lake Kitchen

Donner Lake Kitchen has been open since the mid-'70s serving customer favorites from breakfast and lunch menus. One of the local favorites is the huevos rancheros. The staff's friendly and welcoming customer service helps to keep regulars and visitors coming back. 

Type: American, cafe

Location: 13720 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA

Front Street Station Pizza Co.

Front Street Station Pizza Company offers hand-tossed, New York-style pizza in a log cabin location to accent the alpine landscape nearby. Other favorites include authentic Mexican dishes and sandwiches. 

Type: Pizza, sandwiches

Location: 11782 Donner Pass Road, Truckee, CA

Shopping

Truckee River Winery

Truckee River Winery has an extensive list of award-winning wines made from grapes grown in the Truckee area. Colder temperatures and a higher elevation aid in their aging process right along the Truckee River. 

Location: Truckee, CA

Historic Downtown Truckee

Historic Downtown Truckee offers a wide range of boutique and clothing shops with one of the highlights being the community bookstore. Other shops in the area sell gallery photos, artwork, and Native American goods sourced from the local area. The Truckee Downtown Merchants Association helps to promote small businesses in the area and restore parts of the historic downtown.

Location: Truckee, CA

Sightseeing

Heavenly Ski Resort

Heavenly Ski Resort is located at South Lake Tahoe and has activities for both the summer and winter months. Some of the popular activities include a gondola ride that takes you up the Heavenly Mountain to get great views of Lake Tahoe.

Location: Lake Tahoe, CA

Virginia Truckee Railroad

The Virginia Truckee Railroad allows visitors to take a ride on a historic train from the South Lake Tahoe area to Virginia City, Nevada, and back. There are various themed trains and events throughout the year. V&T Railroad has a series of historical buildings that have been restored, including a historical passenger depot. 

Location: Truckee, CA

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How to Get to
Donner Memorial

Donner Memorial State Park is located west of the downtown area of Truckee, California. Interstate 80 is nearby and connects to Reno, Nevada, and Sacramento, California. You're only 25 miles from Reno and around 100 miles from Sacramento via I-80. 

Entering Donner Memorial

The park is open sunrise to sunset, and daily parking fees are assessed at $10 per vehicle during the season ranging from May 1 to Sept. 30. From Oct. 1 to April 30, the daily rate is lowered to $5 per vehicle. You can also purchase an annual pass for $195 that covers day-use fees in various state parks in California. 

Per vehicle : $10

Peak season

Per vehicle : $5

Off-season

We're excited for your upcoming trip to Donner Memorial State Park. The relaxing atmosphere of the area along with its historical significance will make for a memorable stay. Whether you're unpacking your bags back home or want to share during your trip, you can send your photos to us at [email protected] We may even feature your adventure on a future RVshare blog. We hope that you enjoy your trip!