As the gateway to California’s natural wonders located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the Welcome Centers in Truckee and Mammoth Lakes are great base camps and information hot spots for travelers. Stop in via car or train at the California Welcome Center Truckee, off of Interstate 80, for all your travel information needs while exploring the Tahoe region and beyond. The California Welcome Center in Mammoth Lakes, located off Highway 395, provides the best possible information to travelers in the Eastern Sierra, in addition to issuing backcountry permits, leasing bear boxes and offering local and educational-based souvenirs for purchase.
A charming, down-to-earth mountain town with a rich history, Truckee is known as a welcoming, family-oriented community that attracts adventurous people with a passion for the outdoors and the environment.
Truckee’s picturesque downtown is the heart and soul of this community, with unique restaurants and shops set in authentic historic buildings that date back to the 19th century. But the downtown district is only the beginning of what the area has to offer visitors.
Truckee is centrally located within minutes of six world-class ski resorts; epic golf courses; lakes, reservoirs, streams for water sports or fishing; hike and biking trails; mountain bike park and pump track; action sports camps, and more! The surrounding Nevada County also offers such attractions as gold panning, Donner Memorial State Park, and museums that showcase local history.
Visit gonevadacounty to access suggested regional itineraries, restaurant and hotel recommendations, and tips on local wine and craft beers. Check out Adventure, the county’s guide to outdoor fun, to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the area’s offerings.
Whether you are here in pursuit of adventure, to partake in Truckee’s foodie scene, enjoy the multitude of special events that take place all year, or just relax and enjoy the blue skies and amazing smell of the pine trees, Truckee welcomes you.
Welcome Center hours: Open seven days a week 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Note: California Welcome Center, Barstow is temporarily closed. Please check back soon for updates. In the meantime, please call the USFS at (760) 924-5500 for assistance.
Mammoth Lakes’ motto is, ‘Come as you are. Do what you love.’ This applies to the surrounding area as well. As the gateway to California’s natural wonders located in the Eastern Sierra, Mammoth Lakes is a great base camp and information hot spot for travelers.
During the summer, the most popular reasons people visit the area is to take in the natural sightseeing, hike, participate in other outdoor sports like fishing and biking, and learn about mining history. The Mammoth Lakes area also has a robust summer festival season. During the winter, Mammoth Mountain is the main attraction in the area for skiing and snowboarding, along with other outdoor snow activities.
The California Welcome Center located in Mammoth Lakes is unique. This Center is a collaboration of multiple agencies to provide the best possible information to travelers. These partners include: US Forest Service, National Park Service, Mammoth Lakes Tourism and Eastern Sierra Interpretive Center. In addition to information and referrals, this center also issues backcountry permits, sells local and educational-based souvenirs and leases bear boxes.
Access is easy. Take the scenic and not so curvy US 395 or fly! The Mammoth Yosemite Airport is only 10 minutes from Mammoth Lakes. Flights are available year-round on Alaska Airlines, and during the winter on United Airlines.
Opening hours: daily 8 AM - 5 PM