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Donner Memorial State Park

Visitors to the 1,750-acre Donner Memorial State Park in Nevada County have a number of recreational activities available to them in the summer -- swimming, wind surfing, camping, boating, fishing, water-skiing and hiking -- and in the winter -- cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The park's Emigrant Trail Museum and Pioneer Monument were built to remember early pioneers, including the Donner Party. Winter hit while the Donner Party was crossing the Sierra in 1846 and the members were forced to camp near Lake Donner. They faced starvation and many died before rescue attempts were made.


Near Truckee, Calif., 100 miles east of Sacramento off of Interstate 80


(530) 582-7892

Operating hours

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Museum hours

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily year-round


Summer: 75 degrees during the day and low 40s at night

Winter: High of 40 degrees and a low of 20



Hiking trails

Family campsites

Guided tours

Nature trails

Campers (max. length) 28'

Picnic areas



Trailers (max. length) 24'

Visitor center

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Donner Memorial State Park