Donner Memorial State Park


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Donner Memorial State Park


Location:100 miles east of Sacramento via I-80, just west of downtown Truckee, on the south side of the freeway.
Facilities:154 developed family campsites, picnic areas, hiking and ski trails, nature trails, boat ramp access, visitor center, museum, exhibits (é).
Activities:Camping, fishing, boating, sailing, hiking, swimming, windsurfing, water-skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing.
Special Features:The ill-fated Donner Party, halted by heavy snows, camped here during the winter of 1846. Park's Emigrant Trail Museum features exhibits on the Donner Party and area history. Near the museum is the Pioneer Monument and the Donner Party's Murphy family cabin site.
Address:c/o Sierra District Office
PO Box 266
Tahoma, CA 96142

Phone:530-582-7892
Web: www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=503
Size: 2,953 acres.

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It's chilling to see the route they followed, and the stark realities the party faced as you tour the Donner Memorial State Park (www.
This tour provides a day for guests to visit the Emigrant Trail Museum, located in Donner Memorial State Park in Truckee, Calif.
Its far shore, where the Donner Party made its ill-fated winter camp, is now part of Donner Memorial State Park.
In the museum at Donner Memorial State Park, we watch a video and pore over exhibits, losing ourselves in the tale that began when these unlucky pioneers joined the 2,000-mile Oregon-California Trail.
From 1-80, take the Donner Memorial State Park exit and drive west on old Highway 40 (Donner Pass Road) a few miles to the summit; stop where you see a building marked Alpine Skills Institute, and pull off on (unmarked) Lake Mary Road; or park at the trailhead, a bit south on the same road.
The deep snow at Donner Memorial State Park somehow seems different from snow at nearby Lake Tahoe resorts--perhaps because it calls to mind the winter of 1846-47, when 22-foot snows stranded a company of California-bound pioneers called the Donner Party.