Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Donner State Park California Camping

Donner Memorial State Park is located near the town of Truckee in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Donner pass is where in 1846 members of the Donner party were stranded as them attempted to make a late season crossing over the Sierra Nevada Mountains. According to history some members of the group resorted to cannibalism to survive. The Emigrant Trail Museum at Donner State Park has exhibits depicting the tragic story and there is also a short hiking trail where you can see the actual site of the Donner party encampment. During the winter the lake freezes and snow completely covers the campground. When summer rolls around Donner State Park is an ideal place to camp. Visitors arrive from both Sacramento and Reno to escape the heat of the valleys below. Donner Memorial State Park has a swimming area and picnic sites for day use. Camping facilities are open during the summer: Creek Campground: May 28, 2010 to Sept 26, 2010, Ridge Campground: Jun 18, 2010 to Sept 12, 2010, and Split-rock Campground: July 1, 2010 to Sept 6, 2010 . Camping reservations can be made through Reserve America and are a must for most holidays and weekends.