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Donner Memorial State Park

12593 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, California 96161 USA

“Make sure you pack a picnic!”

Located in the beautiful Sierra Nevada, Donner Memorial State Park offers the summer vacationer opportunities for camping, picnicking, boating, fishing, water-skiing, and hiking.  In winter, visitors can cross-country ski and snowshoe on trails and enjoy the season's beauty.  Visitors are welcome year-round at the Emigrant Trail Museum and at the Pioneer Monument, built to commemorate those who emigrated to California from the east in the mid-1800's.  Included in the museum are displays and information about one of the earliest pioneer wagon trains, the Donner Party, forced by circumstances to camp at the east end of Donner Lake in the winter of 1846-47, resulting in human suffering and loss of life.

The ghost of Tamsen Donner, one of the famed Donner Party who had to resort to cannibalism after becoming trapped here, is said to roam the grounds at night. Witnesses have seen her as a yellowish, glowing, female figure who hovers above the ground.

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Reviewed by
maryalice.watkins

  • 4 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
August 09, 2014
Rated 3.0

Nice to read history. Museum needs tlc

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Reviewed by
tina.ries.96

  • 38 Reviews
  • 25 Helpful
July 21, 2014

Enjoyed my brief visit here...very brief...long enough to see the monument and take a few photos...cool history story to share with the kids about the determination of immigrants that came to our country. Beautiful part of California.

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Reviewed by
lizlinn

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
July 06, 2014

Great place to go camping not too far out from San Francisco! It was our second stop

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Reviewed by
ChinTin

  • 14 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
June 07, 2015
Rated 5.0

Nice park that u can roll a little boat

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Reviewed by
Shelly_my_bell

  • 7 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
January 30, 2015
Rated 5.0

Nice historical stop on our way to our cabin. very informative, clean and friendly staff.

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