Donner Memorial State Park

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Donner Memorial State Park information

Truckee & Donner Lake , USA
Donner Pass Rd
+1 530 582 7892
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per car $8
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At the eastern end of Donner Lake, this state-run park occupies one of the sites where the doomed Donner Party got trapped during the fateful winter of 1846–47. Though its history is gruesome, the park is gorgeous and has a sandy beach, picnic tables, hiking trails and wintertime cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. The entry fee includes admission to the visitor center , which has fascinating, if admittedly macabre, historical exhibits and a 25-minute film re-enacting the Donner Party’s horrific plight.

Outside, the Pioneer Monument has a 22ft pedestal – the exact depth of the snow piles that horrendous winter. A short trail leads to a memorial at one family’s cabin site.