May 8, 2020 – Lake Tahoe’s renowned Sand Harbor State Park is one of Nevada’s most popular recreation destinations that attracts thousands of area residents and tourists alike, especially during the warmer months. To help prevent visitation surges amid the COVID-19 health crisis, and to protect the health and safety of state park visitors and staff, access to Sand Harbor State Park from the Tahoe East Shore Trail will be closed effective Friday, May 8, 2020, until further notice. While the section of the Tahoe East Shore Trail between Memorial Point and Sand Harbor will be closed, Sand Harbor State Park and the Tunnel Creek to Memorial Point segment of the Tahoe East Shore Trail remain open at this time.

Please be advised that parking along Hwy 28 near Sand Harbor, as well as walk-ins, are prohibited. Sand Harbor’s hours of operation are from 8 a.m. to one hour after sunset, seven days a week. The visitor center and gift shop are closed until further notice. The boat ramp and restaurant are currently closed for the season, with re-opening dates not yet determined.

Nevada’s State Parks play an integral role in the lives of all Nevadans and visitors by providing a restorative, natural setting that promotes physical and emotional well-being. We are working to keep our parks open, provided we are able to do so safely, in a manner that protects the public and our staff, and will continue to take steps as necessary to ensure that social distancing requirements are met. If you visit a Nevada State Park, we ask that you practice responsible recreation. This means: separating yourself and honoring the social distance of others, avoiding crowded areas such as trailheads, and keeping parks and facilities clean by following the principles of Leave No Trace. 

Nevadans have been doing a great job following the Governor’s #StayHomeForNevada order and helping to #FlattenTheCurve. Now we must keep up the effort to ensure the curve stays flat, and drops. We all have a responsibility to ourselves and to each other to protect our communities and Nevada.

  • Stay at home as much as possible.
  • If you do leave home, do it for very limited and specific tasks.
  • Older adults and anyone with a chronic underlying health condition should be especially careful.
  • Wear a facial covering if you are unable to practice social distancing of at least six (6) feet.
  • Recreate locally and close to home.
  • Avoid gathering in groups of ten or more people.
  • Limit interactions to members of your household.

All annual permits that were set to expire during the state of emergency will be extended for 90 days. Please visit for updates, follow us on Facebook @NVStateParks, and thank you for your understanding in support of Governor Sisolak’s Stay Safe to Stay Open for Nevada initiative.