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Explore Tahoe
An Urban Trailhead
Explore Tahoe is a brand new visitor and interpretive center that opened to the public on July 13, 2007. The center is located at the Heavenly Village Transit Center on Highway 50 in South Lake Tahoe, near the state line. The Explore Tahoe Visitors Center enhances the existing building by combining a mass transportation hub with an outdoor recreational visitor’s center.



Project Development
Explore Tahoe – An Urban Trailhead evolved from grants that the California Tahoe Conservancy awarded to the City of South Lake Tahoe Parks and Recreation Department for planning and site improvement. The conservancy has a long-standing commitment to provide visitor information and interpretive services throughout the California side of the Lake Tahoe Basin.

The mission of Explore Tahoe is to encourage, inspire, and educate visitors and residents of Lake Tahoe to help preserve and protect this fragile resource and in doing so create a sustainable balance for future generations to come. 

The Explore Tahoe Visitors Center interpretive programs feature indoor and outdoor, static, and interactive exhibits directed toward local and guest audiences. The exhibits encourage participants’ learning and imagination through sensory and interactive displays and informal interpretive talks.

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We would like to thank our partners who have helped create a dynamic facility:
  • Tahoe Transportation District
  • California Tahoe Conservancy
  • Vail Resorts
  • Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care
  • Tahoe Heritage Foundation
  • United States Forest Service

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