Famous for its incredible cobalt blue color, Lake Tahoe is the second deepest in the U.S. at 1,645 ft. Before we said goodbye to the Sierra Nevada mountain range, we decided to spend some time exploring South Lake Tahoe. As much as we enjoy dispersed camping, it’s also nice to spend a few days at a place like Tahoe Valley Campground and enjoy the amenities. After camping near Mono Lake, we were very glad to settle into our site and grab a hot shower.
Tahoe Valley Campground
With over 400 sites, Tahoe Valley Campground offers RV sites and tent sites. We had a premium full hookup site (#385) that could have easily fit several more camper vans. The large RVs camped nearby made our van look like a tow car.
Tahoe Valley Campground Video
The campground is wooded with large trees that provide shade throughout the day. We camped in a site that happens to be wide open, which we preferred. Tahoe Valley Campground is located in town with easy access to grocery stores, restaurants, and shops. For being such a large campground, it was peaceful and quiet during our stay. The only noise was from helicopters flying around, which didn’t bother us.
There are a few bears that frequent the garbage cans at this campground. We didn’t see any bears during our stay, but our neighbors saw them go through the dumpster. It’s also not uncommon to see bears roaming through town. While shopping at the Goodwill, an employee told us a bear walked into the store a few days ago.
We enjoyed our stay at Tahoe Valley Campground and would love to go back and spend a month next time.
$54-$60/night for full hookups
30/50 amp pull thru and back-in sites
Restrooms, showers and laundry
LTE Verizon cell service
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Things to Do in South Lake Tahoe
During our time in South Lake Tahoe, we took Leo to Kiva Beach, an off leash dog beach not far from the campground. Bring your lawn chair, pack a picnic and enjoy the sunset from the beach. Parking is free and there is a portable toilet in the parking lot.
Take a drive up to Inspiration Point to see Emerald Bay and to get an idea of what Mark Twain meant when he said “To breathe the same air as the angels, you must go to Tahoe.” Emerald Bay State Park is not far from this point. For $10 you can explore the trails and go down to the beach. We decided to skip the park it since dogs are not allowed on the trails, roads nor beach.
For more ideas, swing by the visitor center in town. It’s one of my favorite way to get tips on things to do, especially dog friendly activities.
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