Celebrate South Lake Tahoe’s wild places. Cherish its sunsets – and sunrises. Respect its wild creatures and its traditions and see how you can help South Lake Tahoe remain beautiful and wild for generations to come.
Sustainable Travel at Lake Tahoe
There’s no denying that South Lake Tahoe is a beautiful place. Visitors come from all over the world to enjoy the majestic scenery, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, and all the other ways to have fun 24/7.
Travelers have an impact everywhere they go – Tahoe included. Luckily, there are plenty of ways you can enjoy everything in South Lake Tahoe respectfully and sustainably.
Adventure and Explore Responsibly
Pristine beaches, immaculate trails, and spotlessly snowy ski runs are what draws thousands of people to South Lake Tahoe every year. To ensure you and others have that same experience today or next year, embrace the idea of being a good visitor. It can be as simple as taking your trash with you, drinking tap water while here, or exploring the outdoors safely and responsibly.
Preserving and protecting Lake Tahoe’s irreplaceable scenic beauty is something everyone can get behind. One way you can do so is by following the California Responsible Travel Code, courtesy of Visit California.
California Responsible Travel Code
Roam Responsibly. I will explore California thoughtfully and responsibly, maintaining the utmost respect for everyone and everything I encounter.
Educate Myself. I will do my research before traveling across the state, familiarizing myself with local regulations and community concerns, which may have changed over time. This is especially important in rural communities with limited healthcare resources.
Safety First. I will follow public health directives from government officials, including physical distancing measures. I will take all necessary steps to minimize health risks to myself and others and stay home if I’m sick.
Preserve California. I will protect and nurture the Golden State’s pristine outdoor spaces and cultural icons by maintaining a light footprint at every turn and paying special attention to delicate ecosystems.
Embrace Community. I will support local businesses and do my part to ensure the long-term prosperity of the places I visit.
Celebrate Culture. I will immerse myself in California’s diverse local cultures and embrace the traditions and practices I encounter.
Teach Others. I will lead by example and share these practices with fellow travelers, acknowledging that we all share the responsibility to protect California.
Don’t destroy what you came to enjoy.
Sustainability Success Stories at Lake Tahoe
Want to be more than a responsible visitor? There are many opportunities to get involved with sustainability in South Lake Tahoe. Think citizen science projects, beach cleanups, park volunteers, trail days, and much more.
In May 2022, over 140 travel leaders from around the country came together on the North Shore of Lake Tahoe for the Tourism Cares Meaningful Travel Summit. Connecting industry professionals with local changemakers