Van Sickle Bi-State Park

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Van Sickle Bi-State Park
Nevada State Park
Named for: Henry Van Sickle
Country  United States
States  Nevada
Counties Douglas County, Nevada
El Dorado County, California
Location Stateline, Nevada
 - elevation 6,283 ft (1,915 m) [1]
 - coordinates 38°57′17″N 119°56′26″W / 38.95472°N 119.94056°W / 38.95472; -119.94056Coordinates: 38°57′17″N 119°56′26″W / 38.95472°N 119.94056°W / 38.95472; -119.94056
Area 725 acres (293 ha)
Opened 2011
Management Nevada Division of State Parks, California Tahoe Conservancy
Location in Nevada and California
Website: Van Sickle Bi-State Park

Van Sickle Bi-State Park is a public recreation area straddling the border of California and Nevada, USA, that overlooks Lake Tahoe and preserves the farm of Henry Van Sickle. The state park features trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.[1] It is managed by the Nevada Division of State Parks in partnership with the California Tahoe Conservancy.[2]


Henry Van Sickle built the farm in the 1860s to hold hay for a nearby way station. Later it serviced freight-pulling horse teams through the region. Eventually the facility became an equestrian stable for tourists.[1] In 1989, 542 acres (219 ha) of the land was donated to the Nevada Division of State Parks, and in 2001, the California Tahoe Conservancy purchased the adjacent California property. The park opened to the public in summer 2011.[2]

While the California Department of Parks and Recreation was originally involved, they dropped out due to continued funding woes.[3] Although part of the park is in California, it is not currently considered a California state park.


The park encompasses 575 acres (233 ha) within Nevada and 150 acres (61 ha) in California. The main entrance as well as most of the historical buildings are on the California side.[4] The Heavenly Ski Resort gondola runs over the park grounds near the barn and stables. Features of the park include the historic Van Sickle farm barn, a 1917-era log cabin, and hiking trails with access to the Tahoe Rim Trail.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Van Sickle Bi-State Park". Sierra Nevada Geotourism. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c "Van Sickle Bi-State Park". California Tahoe Conservancy. Retrieved January 20, 2017. 
  3. ^ Reed, Kathryn (July 22, 2011). "First bi-state park in U.S. ready for hikers, bikers, horses". South Lake Tahoe, Cal.: Lake Tahoe News. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ Reed, Kathryn (July 10, 2009). "Van Sickle bi-state park". Lake Tahoe News. Retrieved October 17, 2011. 

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