There’s really no bad time to visit Lake Tahoe. Regardless of the season, its epic beauty is ever-changing and never fails to amaze. So it’s no wonder that, when it comes to experiencing autumn’s changing colors, Lake Tahoe in fall offers one of the world’s best fall experiences. So, keep reading, and check out four of the best ways to get yours.

#1 – Taylor Creek salmon spawning

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Visitors watching the salmon spawn at Taylor Creek. (Photo courtesy of US Forest Service)

In classic, magical Tahoe style, when the aspen leaves start changing color in fall, so do the fishies. At least, that is, the kokanee salmon at Taylor Creek do. Normally a bluish-silver, these gorgeous fish turn a bright orange-red during the spawning season, drawing visitors from all over to watch as they muscle their way upstream at Taylor Creek to their breeding beds.

Taylor Creek Visitor Center is located at the south end of Lake Tahoe, just 1.2 miles from Camp Richardson.

#2 – Eagle Lake hiking

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Photo courtesy of Merritt Thomas

A fantastically beautiful 6-mile drive from Camp Richardson, Eagle Falls trail boasts one of California’s most famous autumn hiking experiences. (In fact, we just wrote it about it last month; check out the article here.) While challenging enough to feel real, this Aspen-lined ascent is a favorite among families thanks to super cool features like a pathway of stairs cut right into the granite mountainside. Visit this site to learn more about this must-do Tahoe-in-the-fall experience.

#3 – Fall mountain biking

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Rent tandem and single rider mountain bikes at Mountain Sports Center.

With perfect temps, incredible colors, and about 200 miles of world-class trails to explore, mountain biking Lake Tahoe in fall is nothing short of a downright downhill delight. The Tahoe Rim Trail is just a short ride from Camp Rich and delivers insane views of the lake, plus varied terrain to fit just about any fancy or skill level. If you’re staying at Camp Rich, you can rent bikes for the whole family at our Mountain Sports Center, then head out for your day right from here.

#4 – Fall Feast Week at Camp Richardson

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Each year, the seasonal cuisine at our award-winning restaurant The Beacon Bar & Grill changes right along with the leaves. This year’s Fall Feast runs November 1-8 and includes four courses of gourmet, autumn-inspired comfort cuisine for $45 a person (see the menu here). And our room rates are incredibly low all week—$65/night at the Historic Hotel and $75/night at The Beach Side Inn (prices almost as refreshing as fall itself).

Take our Fall Feast, add in our smaller crowds, tons of things to do, and cool, clean air all around, and you have an autumn wonderland on your hands. So, what’re you waiting for? Come take hold of the magic!

See you soon!