There is no bad season in Tahoe. No, really! Winter brings epic snowfall and some of the best powder conditions in the country. In spring, you can ski, bike and paddle board all in one day. Summer brings consistent sunny weather and plenty of beach time.
Then there’s fall. Tahoe during fall is magical. It includes your season staples like turning leaves and cooler temps, but it also provides some much-needed respite from a busy summer season. With many people returning to school, autumn is an ideal time to visit the Ridge Tahoe and the Tahoe region. Discover more of the reasons why Tahoe should be on your must-visit list this fall.
The Kokanee salmon come to town for the Fall Fish Festival, Oct. 7-8 at Taylor Creek.
Tahoe is home to a variety of wildlife including coyotes and Ospreys. Salmon spawn annually in Taylor Creek during the Fall Fish Festival, Oct. 7-8. This is a great time to visit the Taylor Creek Visitors Center as you will not only see the hooked faces of brilliant red Kokanee salmon, but you may even spy a mama bear and her cubs trying to snag dinner. But, be careful – we recommend that you never approach a bear in the wild!
Hawley Grade begins showing the signs of the season.
It wouldn’t be fall without a helping of colorful foliage and fortunately, there is no shortage of that in the Tahoe area! A popular destination for golds, greens and all colors in between is Hope Valley. Located about 45 minutes from the Ridge Tahoe, you’ll find a rushing river and picture perfect cabins framed by colorful Quaking Aspens.
Autumn is a wonderful time for mountain biking on the Flume Trail. Credit: Ben Fish
Just because the temps aren’t high doesn’t mean it’s time to pack it in for the season! Fall offers more moderate weather for your favorite activities, including hiking, mountain biking and cruising on the lake. The only thing we would advise against is swimming – unless you find yourself on a particularly warm day at the beach and the urge is too strong to resist!
Take a break from leaf peeping for a few fall favorite events. Credit: Tahoe South
Of course, there are also plenty of events to attend during the early fall season:
Tahoe Games Bike Nights, Sept. 29
SciFi-Fantasy Con, Sept. 29 – Oct. 1
Dave Mason, Oct. 1
Los Lobos, Oct. 6
Oktoberfest at Camp Richardson, Oct. 7-8
Eric Burdon and the Animals, Oct. 7
Lake Tahoe Marathon, Oct. 13
Los Lonely Boys, Oct. 14
The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Oct. 14
Grand Funk Railroad, Oct. 21
Chris Botti, Oct. 28
Whichever reason you are drawn to Tahoe in autumn set up base camp at the Ridge Tahoe.