When it comes to Instagram hot spots, Tahoe South has quite a few you’d be proud to feature on your feed. Whether you’re looking for colorful vistas, rustic charm, or a signature Tahoe splash of blue, we’ve got you covered on places to explore for that perfect shot.
One of the most iconic spots in Tahoe South is Emerald Bay. Its beautiful, calm waters attract viewers every day. With several trails leading down to the shore line, or up to higher elevation, helps you create the right photo you are looking for.
While in the Emerald Bay area, be sure to explore a few of the surrounding lakes and water falls within a few miles distance from the bay. Each small lake offers something different. One popular Insta-spot is Fallen Leaf Lake, a more secluded lake than Tahoe. Discover bridges, docks, and streams in the area or saddle up to the crystal-clear shores for an iconic shot of Mt. Tallac, which resides on Fallen Leaf’s shores.
Another Instagrammable spot in Tahoe is Eagle Lake. Nestled high in the mountains, the trail to this lake offers scenic views, rock stair cases, and magnificent water falls along the way. There are several spots to admire the area and, of course, take a few snaps for your social media.
Tahoe South has several unique rock faces, including Cave Rock, located along Highway 50 on the Nevada side of the South Shore. The rock, which houses two tunnels, sits directly on the lake and referred to as the “Lady of the Lake” for the rock’s distinctive profile that resembles a woman’s face. In addition to giving good face, this is also a popular spot for its unique vantage for sunset when the lake is bathed in warm, colorful light.
Fortunately for guests of the Ridge, there are Instagram worthy spots right outside your door! Since the Ridge Tahoe is nestled in the Sierras, there is an amazing view at almost every corner of the resort’s property. Get cozy in the hot tubs or relax in a pool chair at one of three pools to overlook the Carson Valley or even the lake. Sunset is a favorite time to visit these spots because the clouds regularly light up in different colors.
With many areas to visit, we hope this guide can bring some ideas spark adventure during your stay at the Ridge. Don’t forget to tag us
You’ve made it to Tahoe and you’ve checked into the Ridge Tahoe. Now, your first stop may be taking a nap or grabbing food at the Bistro, but your next step should be snagging a map for a local hike! You’ll find an abundance of trails for hikers of all experience levels that’ll take you up granite slopes, near hidden waterfalls and through alpine meadows. Tahoe is truly a hiker’s dream, but for those visitors unaccustomed to strenuous treks, we’ve compiled a few of the best hiking trails for beginners.
A personal favorite of ours is the Castle Rock Trail. It’s two miles round-trip and offers a steady incline throughout the trail. Hikers will take in gorgeous views of the Tahoe region and views of the Ridge Tahoe emerge in the distance. Once hikers reach the appropriately named peak, they’ll experience panoramic views of the lake and its surrounding valleys.
Van Sickle Bi-State Park Rim Trail has everything an adventurer could want to be packed in a 6.6-mile round-trip hike. From views of the valley to the lake and towering pine trees, this trail has much to offer novices of any age. It is a great hike for beginners and those seeking a general hike conveniently located in the center of the South Shore.
Hiking in Van Sickle Rim Trail is accompanied by beautiful views. Credit: Rod Hanna / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
There are numerous small lakes that are accessible via relaxed trails. A favorite lake of many locals and visitors alike is Fallen Leaf Lake. Catch a glimpse of this peaceful lake on the 8.1-mile round-trip loop around the lake. This is also a dog accessible hike, so bring your favorite hiking buddy – but please leave him or her on a leash!
Two well-loved trails in the South shore are Cascade Falls and Eagle Falls . Both trails begin near Emerald Bay with Eagle Falls visible from the highway. These are must-do hikes in the region due to a large amount of snowfall this past year generating literal tons of runoff water.
Eagle Falls pictured during after a very active snow season. Credit: Kristin Rust / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
If hikers are interested in a leisurely stroll through a blooming meadow, check out the Lam Watah Nature Trail. This trail has a low level of difficulty but offers magnificent views of the Tahoe’s meadows. It also takes you right up along the lake to Nevada Beach for a relaxing and scenic pit stop.
These are just a few of the trails you can experience while staying at the Ridge Tahoe. If you are seeking more adventure and difficulty, download the All Trails app on your phone or find more posts about our favorite hikes in the area. Happy trails!
Tahoe outdoes itself during the summer with concerts, water skiing, boating, and shopping galore. In addition to these easy-going activities, Tahoe also has plenty of entertainment for adrenaline junkies looking for a fix! Summer is the perfect time to check out those blood-pumping adventures and we’ve compiled a few of our favorites.
Heavenly Mountain Epic Discovery
Our first choice takes us to Heavenly Mountain Resort, the Ridge Tahoe’s neighbor (and easily accessed from the resort’s on-site Hilltrac Skier Express)!
Heavenly not only offers an array of skiing slopes during the winter time but also a jungle of ropes courses and ziplines at Epic Discovery, Heavenly’s adventure park, which is home to two of their popular scenic ziplines. The Hot Shot zipline provides gorgeous views of Mt. Tallac and Pyramid Peak while ziplining alongside three of your friends or family members. Alternately, the Blue Streak Zipline offers incredible views of Lake Tahoe as you glide through the sky on the 3,300 ft. zip line. Talk about heart pounding! Click here for more information.
Sky Combat Ace
Ready to pilot your very own fighter jet? Sky Combat Ace offers you an opportunity like no other with a truly unique aviation experience. You’ll have the chance to either ride along or get behind the controls of a fighter jet under the supervision of one of SCA’s highly trained fighter pilots. You can choose from four types of aviation experiences: aerobatics, air combat, combination or flight training.
Another aviation experience offered only a short drive from the Ridge Tahoe is Soaring NV. Soaring is a unique concept, using art, science and the natural environment to keep yourself afloat. As you are sitting in a glider, which is a plane without an engine, you are attached to another plane by a string, and then released in the air to control your movement. The glider will safely travel to the ground or any other way you would like to go. The sky is the limit!
See Lake Tahoe from a new perspective with Soaring NV. Photo courtesy of Soaring NV
What kind of adrenaline-soaked Tahoe adventure would be complete without mountain biking? Tahoe South has several mountain biking trails that will leave you speechless. A very popular mountain biking option is the Tahoe Rim Trail, which takes you along a slim ridge with views of Lake Tahoe. Another fan favorite is the Flume trail, a 4.5-mile-long narrow single-track trail that follows the ridge from the west end of Lake Tahoe to the north nearly 2,000 feet above the lake. It is a highly rated trail, as well as one of the most photographed. Check out more bikes trails offered here.
Hit the trails for heart pounding mountain biking in Tahoe South. Photo credit: Jamie Kingham / Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
It’s clear that Tahoe has endless options for people of all ages and types. Whether you’re looking to go dancing, enjoy cocktails lakeside, ski, hike, go shopping, or get your heart pumping, Tahoe has it all. At a convenient location to all the action, the Ridge Tahoe is the place to stay if you’re looking for a healthy dose of adrenaline!
The weather is warm, the sun is shining and it’s been a long winter, which means we are eager to get outside! If you need some vitamin D and you’re also staying at the Ridge Tahoe, then check out a few of our recommendations for (almost) summer fun.
- Hit the beach: This past season’s historic precipitation filled the lake to its brim, which means now is the time to spend a day (or two) on its shores, lounging in its sands. Check out one of the nearby beaches for a wonderful day near the pristine waters of Lake Tahoe – or venture out to a secluded beach!
- Rock out: Rock climbing is one of Tahoe’s most exhilarating and challenging activities. Ease into it with a rock climbing class at the Ridge Tahoe. You’ll practice on natural rock so you’ll be prepared for the real thing in no time.
- See the sights: Hop aboard the S. Dixie II paddle wheeler for a cruise to the iconic Emerald Bay. Discount activity tickets are sold at the Ridge Market Place. Call 800-23-TAHOE to make your reservations.
- Learn something new: Did you know that the Ridge Tahoe offers an array of classes for guests? That’s right! This summer you can take up a new hobby like tennis or learn how to make cards, as well as using essential oils. Activities are regularly updated in the Ridge Guide.
- Map your skin: Summer means you’ll be showing more skin. Sign up for one of our Dermalogica skin care classes through the Elevation Spa to make sure it’s in the best shape. MicroZone skin mapping is now available so you know your skin’s specific needs.
- Watch a master chef: Our complimentary cooking demo with Chef Stephen happens every Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Castle Rock View Room. Watch Chef create a fabulous dish right before your eyes.
- Work up a sweat: Regardless if it’s outside or indoors, now is the time to get in fighting shape for the summer season! Our fitness center is equipped with everything you need to stay buff.
- Take a hike: The Tahoe Rim Trail is only moments from the Ridge Tahoe and you can easily access other trails in the basin. Some of our favorites include the Glen Alpine Trail and nearby Van Sickle Bi-State Park among others.
- Try a new food: With in-room kitchens, a vacation at the Ridge Tahoe is the ideal time to try out a new recipe. The Sierra Nevada is rich with fresh produce and a quick trip to the farms of El Dorado County or Carson Valley will yield a bounty of fruits and veggies!
- Relax a little: Dip your toes or go ahead and cannonball into one of our outdoor pools! This is the perfect time to take advantage of warm afternoons in the Sierra sun. Or if you’re in a mood for rejuvenation, we recommend heading to the Elevation Spa for a massage.
If it were up to us, every day would be Mother’s Day, complete with leisurely brunches, fresh flowers and sunshiny days with family and friends. Unfortunately, every day can’t be Mother’s Day so when the day rolls around every year, we always work extra hard to ensure the holiday is a very special and memorable time for all mothers! This year will be no different at the Ridge Tahoe with a Mother’s Day Champagne Brunch at the Hungry Bear Restaurant.
The brunch on Mother’s Day, May 14, will include a feast for the eyes and the taste buds with multiple indulgent dishes. A saccharine first course starts the meal with sweet ricotta and mascarpone stuffed crepes served with spring berry compote. The second course includes a choice of one of the following: herb crusted Alaskan halibut with sweet potato and wild mushroom hash, spring peas and citrus jus; crab cake eggs benedict with cottage potatoes and Old Bay spiced hollandaise; eight-ounce New York steak and eggs with cottage potatoes; huevos rancheros with refried beans, eggs, shrimp, roasted peppers and corn tortillas. Finish the same way you started with some sweet treats at Heather’s heavenly dessert buffet.
The brunch is $40 per person, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Mother’s Day.
There are also several other special Mother’s Day activities occurring throughout the weekend. If you are staying at the Ridge Tahoe, you’ll have quick and easy access to these events.
Take the family for a ride this Mother’s Day weekend. Courtesy: V&T Railroad
Mother’s Day weekend rides on the Virginia & Truckee Railroad take off from Carson City, May 13-14. This 16-mile round trip ride on diesel train engines will transport riders to the historic town of Virginia City where shopping, dining, and sights abound. Mothers will delight in this unhurried ride through the rolling hills of the storied Comstock Lode right-of-way with the possibility of wild mustang sightings. The Carson City depot is about a 45-minute ride from the Ridge Tahoe.
Other options in town include the Mother’s Day Dinner Show at the Loft Theatre that includes a meal and magic on May 14. Magic Fusion starts at 7:30 p.m. and moms are free with the purchase of one adult ticket. If mom prefers a laugh, Nick Swardson is back at MontBleu on May 13 and Todrick Hall at Harrah’s on May 15.
Magicians take the stage at the Loft Tahoe for Mother’s Day. Courtesy: The Loft Tahoe
If the kids forgot to make something for mom, they have a last-minute opportunity at the History Club at the History Museum Complex in South Lake Tahoe. The Saturday before Mother’s Day, kids will be able to play games from the past and even create a Mother’s Day gift. Entry is $20 per child and more information is available online.
Regardless of your preferred Mother’s Day plans, we hope you have a wonderful holiday!
After a historic snowfall, Lake Tahoe has (mostly) thawed out to reveal rushing waterfalls and cautious wildflower buds. Unsurprisingly, it has also encouraged a mass exodus to Lake Tahoe’s beaches to soak in the Sierra sun.
If you’re visiting Tahoe in May and June, you’re in for a treat with some of the best of summer and winter activities at your fingertips. Check out a few of our favorite spring pastimes below.
With spring melt comes waterfalls. The warm months are ideal times to view Tahoe waterfalls and with so many to see, you may have to make two trips to fit them all in! Some of our absolute must-sees include Glen Alpine Falls, Eagle Falls (with a bonus view of Emerald Bay!), and Horsetail Falls.
Of course, you can always fit in a hike during your waterfall trek. Check out a few our favorite springtime hikes – and always check if the trail is accessible before heading out! There’s a strong possibility of snow still leftover on some trails in the Sierra.
The weather is warmer, which means there are ample opportunities to get out on the biggest draw of the area – the lake! Bear in mind that the water is still cold (it won’t be warm until mid-summer), but there are plenty of ways that you can mostly avoid the water by kayaking, paddle boarding or taking a cruise aboard the M.S. Dixie II. Ridge Tahoe guests receive special discounts with Zephyr Cove Resort.
You can also discover the different ways to explore Tahoe by water on our blog.
Explore the Village
The Heavenly Village is always teeming with special events, live music, delicious food and lively bars. Only a short ride away from the Ridge Tahoe, you can spend a full day exploring the various shops and people watching.
That’s right! While most of the region’s ski resorts are closed, Squaw Valley will remain open through June and the 4th of July. Of course, you can always try your hand at backcountry, too!
No matter which spring activity you choose, the Ridge Tahoe is the perfect home base