FAQ Category: FAQ's

Are there ADA designated parking spots and do they require payment?

Yes, several ADA parking spaces are available throughout the lots. ADA plates, stickers, or placards are required for use of those spaces and all parking fees apply.

Is a season pass available for the 90 spaces located at Ponderosa Ranch Road or are existing pass holders of Nevada State Parks or Incline Village General Improvement District?

Seasonal parking passes are not available for the 90 spaces located at Tunnel Creek Road and passes associated with Nevada State Parks or Incline Village General Improvement District are not accepted as part of the Park Tahoe system. We encourage all users to come early or come late and pay a lower rate or park for free before 7:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m. Hourly payments at rates as shown on the parking kiosks are required between 7:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

What if I can’t find a parking spot at the new Park Tahoe parking facility?

We recommend arriving early in the morning or later in the afternoon to park at the new Park Tahoe paid parking facility, as parking spots fill quickly—especially during the summer and on weekends!

TTD has been working with project partners to expand the parking in this area and has applied for federal design and construction grants. Additionally, there are plans to extend the the Tahoe East Shore Trail south of Sand Harbor to Highway 50 and provide new and expanded parking facilities, transit stops, and a park-and-ride lot as the next eight miles of the Tahoe East Shore Trail are being constructed south of Sand Harbor.

Please note that Sand Harbor has flashing signs on SR 28 and US 50 advising when parking lots are full.  

It is best to “Come early. Come late. Pay a lower rate!”

What if the parking lots are full?

During most summers, you can take transit to the trail with complementary parking available at the old Incline elementary school on Southwood Blvd., just off Tahoe Blvd. (SR 28). People can park and ride the East Shore Express to the Tahoe East Shore Trail trailhead. The East Shore Express also stops Sand Harbor State Park and Hidden Beach.

In the spirit of social distancing, East Shore Express service is suspended for the Summer 2020 season and not operating this year at this park-n-ride location due to COVID-19. TTD plans to have the East Shore Express running again in 2021.

Tahoe Truckee Area Regional Transportation (TART) also operates a summer bus service along the north shore of Tahoe to the Tahoe East Shore Trail trailhead. TTD and TART transit services are currently free to ride for all passengers. For more information on TART services, explore their site here.

How will paid parking revenues be used?

Parking fees will support annual and long-term operations and maintenance of the parking facilities and the Tahoe East Shore Trail. The revenue is placed in a restricted fund administered by the TTD on behalf of the project partners. The East Shore Corridor Management Team, made up of the operating agencies in the corridor, will review the revenues and make budget recommendations to the TTD Board. The revenue and expense budget information is public information. The public is encouraged to attend the annual budget meeting of the TTD Board.

The Park Tahoe paid parking pilot program is one part of a comprehensive effort to develop a unified parking management strategy for the Lake Tahoe Region. As technology advances and parking facilities expand, plans are in place to add features, such as mobile application access.

What if I have trouble at the pay station?

The card reader may take several seconds to process the transaction. If you have trouble, there are three other meters available in the parking lots that you may pay at.

During peak times, an onsite parking ambassador will be available to help answer questions and ensure a seamless experience for the remainder of the summer season.

How do I pay to park?

Parking pay stations accept CREDIT CARDS ONLY. Park your car and walk to the nearest pay station indicated by the Park Tahoe sign; follow the instructions. (If you do not have a credit card, prepaid credit cards are available for purchase at local grocery stores.)

  • Enter license plate number when prompted on the screen (no state required).  Plan to take a photo of your license plate number with your cell phone to remember it when at the pay station.
  • If you have no license plate, enter the last four digits of the vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • If you have a license plate with stacked letters or special symbols, enter only the full-size numbers and letters. Special symbols and spaces should not be entered.
  • You can use any pay station in the lots. There is also a pay station located at the start of the trail. Just look for the Park Tahoe sign.
Parking Kiosk Instructions

What are the parking rates?

We encourage you to Come Early or Come Late and Pay a Lower Rate!

Hourly rates vary with the highest cost per hour being during peak mid-day times and holiday weekends. Weekday rates are less than weekend rates and parking is free before 7 a.m. and after 7 p.m. daily.

The mid-day hourly rates range from $5 to $6 on holiday weekends (Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day) and Peak Summer (June 15 through August 16).

Weekday hourly rates range from $1 to $4.50. On weekends, the hourly rates range from $1 to $5.

Typically, people who visit the area stay three to four hours. The parking program incentivizes people to use the parking lots in the mornings, evenings, and non-summer periods by offering a lower rate during those times.

Please visit TahoeTransportation.org/Parking-Rates/ for the entire rate structure.

Remember: “Come early. Come late. Pay a Lower Rate.”