Donner Memorial State Park

12593 Donner Pass Rd.
Truckee, CA 96161- Map It
(530) 582-7892

AAA Editor Notes

Donner Memorial State Park, 2 mi. w. on Donner Pass Rd., is near the site where the ill-fated Donner party was stranded trying to cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains during the severe winter of 1846-47. As members of the 89-person party died, some of those remaining resorted to cannibalism; only 47 were rescued. The park visitor center has exhibits about the Chinese emigrant experience, construction of the railroad and early motoring adventures over Donner Pass. The Pioneer Monument is near the museum. One- to 2-hour guided hikes are offered in summer; phone ahead to confirm availability. Pets on leash are allowed. Recreational activities are permitted. Camping is permitted. Picnicking is permitted.
Fee for day use $8 (per private vehicle); $7 (ages 62+ per private vehicle).
Hours: Park open daily dawn-dusk. Visitor center open daily 10-5. Closed Jan. 1, Thanksgiving and Christmas.