Hiker on Rubicon Trail

Facilities & Activities – D.L. Bliss State Park

D. L. Bliss State Park is a California State Park located on the western shore of Lake Tahoe, just north of Emerald Bay State Park. Notable features include Rubicon Point Light, the highest-elevation lighthouse in the United States.

Rubicon Trail

The Rubicon Trail, which stretches from Lester Beach at D.L. Bliss State Park to Eagle Point Campground at Emerald Bay State Park, is a dream for hikers with dramatic views and beautifully built trails. The 4¼-mi trail leads to Vikingsholm Castle, a picturesque Scandinavian-styled mansion on the shore of Emerald Bay that dates from 1929. Two white-sand beaches front some of Tahoe’s warmest water. Be sure to pack your swimsuit to enjoy the many little beaches in between the two parks.

Note: For the benefit of plants, animals, and themselves, hikers must stay on the trails. In addition, dogs, bikes, and smoking are prohibited on the trails.

Balancing Rock
 Nature Trail

Balancing rock at D.L. Bliss Nature Trail


The Balancing Rock, which is actually tons of granite resting precariously on a slender stone base, has long been a natural attraction on Lake Tahoe’s western shore. Visitors to the Lake Tahoe area starting in the late 1800s enjoyed being photographed next to this geological marvel. Today, the Balancing Rock is the feature attraction of this short, half-mile, self-guided nature trail in the northwest section of D.L. Bliss State Park. The granite of this large rock began weathering more rapidly at the joint plane and an extensive horizontal crack is easily seen at its “waist”. The overlying rock weighs around 130 tons and is now balanced on the rock below.

D.L. Bliss Visitor Center

The D.L. Bliss Visitor Center, located at the entrance to D.L. Bliss State Park, contains a wonderful natural history collection of the plants and animals found on the western slope of Lake Tahoe. Open seasonally from the end of May to the end of September, the friendly staff will answer your questions and help you plan a perfect day in the park. The Visitor Center also serves as the park store where you will find a variety of books, maps, and gifts to enhance your park experience. Call 530-525-9530 to check for store hours.

COVID-19 Update 05/12/2021: The Visitor Center will open on May 29, 2021, but the exhibits will be closed per health safety guidelines.

Summer Interpretive Activities

A wide variety of interpretive activities are scheduled during the summer months. Programs include campfire programs, nature hikes, and Jr Ranger programs. Self-guided activities are also available at the park.

For a calendar of upcoming State Park-sponsored events, click here.

For a calendar of upcoming SSPF sponsored events, click here.