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Donner Memorial State Park and Emigrant Trail Museum

12593 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161-3858
+1 530-582-7892
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Nice large campsites

I was a bit apprehensive about going to a campground so close to the Interstate, but it was really... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Tim A
via mobile
History lesson

Wow! The view driving along Donner's pass through the mountains is breathtaking. Take pictures when... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Frankfort, Michigan
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This museum documents the fascinating and tragic history of the Donner Party's journey to the west coast.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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12593 Donner Pass Rd, Truckee, CA 96161-3858
+1 530-582-7892
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I was a bit apprehensive about going to a campground so close to the Interstate, but it was really a nice state park with easy access to the lake. The campsite we had were large and well kept. We had more than enough space for...More

Thank Tim A
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wow! The view driving along Donner's pass through the mountains is breathtaking. Take pictures when you reach the summit. If you don't know the story about the Donner family google it! Getting a birds eye view of the rugged terrain (of the short cut) that...More

Thank 926pamelak
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The museum was very good but the 10 $ parking fee was bogus...I grew up here so it was a trip down memory lane.. the information I had known from elementary school. Worth a visit!

Thank wstark33
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was a nice stop park with many amenities we did not use since we had private access to the Lake. There are several books written on the Donner Party tragedy that tell an inspiring story.

Thank RogerPsz
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place to get some history of the Chinese who helped build the tunnels and railroad. It is also a place to hear and see more about the Donner party. It is a good place for the lake, and hiking.

Thank AZwonder
Reviewed 1 week ago

The history involved with the Donner Party is very interesting. Several families survived a horrible winter. The small museum is very fun to see. They have the sites where families survived marked along the trails. They have a monument showing how deep the snow was....More

Thank mabeedle
Reviewed 1 week ago

We enjoyed the museum and learned even more history. Walked all over the park and it was really nice. Lots to see.

Thank TravelTechPenngrove
Reviewed 1 week ago

The experience was a really good one, it is not just about the history of the Donner party, but the area since as well including the railroad. It is also a good break after going to the lake and getting out of the heat. You...More

Thank MHeilemann
Reviewed 1 week ago

Parking is limited so arrive early or after 3 pm to get a spot. You have to pay to park (inside with ranger). Watch the short movie to get an overview of what happened and then wander the displays and grounds to appreciate it all.

Thank CleopatraBunny
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent exhibit in the visitors' center tells the story of immigrants heading west. Their trials and tribulations come to life. The visitor learns of their hardships and becomes acquainted with the character of these brave men and women. The visitors' center is a beautiful, modern...More

Thank V9884UGbarbaraz
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2 May 2017|
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Response from Ctan1965 | Reviewed this property |
Better check weather report. I'm in Singapore. 10000km away.
Isabel G
23 May 2015|
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Response from Mhgaidin | Reviewed this property |
When we went to the Memorial there was just this box where you park to make a donation,so unsure as to the question.... We also went around 6 pm
27 April 2015|
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Response from thejim2016 | Reviewed this property |
No these are two different areas, Donner Camp picnic area is about 2 miles north of Truckee on hwy 89. It's a great little picnic spot with tables, free standing bbq grills, pit bathrooms and a short 1/4 mile interpretive... More