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Cave Rock, Lake Tahoe

Cave Rock is 75 feet of solid stone at the southern end of Lake Tahoe-Nevada State Park, and is the throat of an extinct volcano. Tahoe Tessie, the lake's version of the Loch Ness monster, is reputed to live in a cavern below the impressive outcropping.

This large rock formation is located on the southeastern shore and is easily visible from almost any point on the lake. Once a part of the neck of a volcanic vent that existed on the site about five million years ago, Cave Rock is now named for the caves high up on its side. When Lake Tahoe was first formed, roughly three million years ago, lake level was initially hundreds of feet higher than it is now. Remarkably, these caves were carved out of the rock by wave action of the lake over tens of thousands of years during that period.
For the Washoe Indians, this area is a sacred burial site. Cave Rock towers over a parking lot, a lakefront picnic ground, and a boat launch. The views are some of the best on the lake. Cave Rock is still considered today a sacred site to the Washoe Indians whose ancestors spent their summers at Lake Tahoe and once performed religious ceremonies inside the largest of the caves. Much to the dismay of the Washoe tribe the first tunnel for Highway 50 was blasted through the rock in 1931. Prior to 1931 the original single lane roadway went around the outside of the rock. The stone foundation for the road, laid at great expense in 1865, is still easily visible clinging to the side of the rock. The second, easternmost tunnel was added in 1957.
Cave Rock, Lake Tahoe
Cave Rock, Lake Tahoe
Today the largest cave is used as a base for rock climbers to scale the face of the rock, still causing great consternation in the Native American community. Occasionally climbers can be seen from the lake dangling from lines above the cave.

One of the reasons the Washoe considered Cave Rock sacred was what they called "The Lady of the Lake". The "Lady" appears in the rock formation as the profile of a woman's face gazing out toward the lake from just below the old highway foundation. She is best viewed by boat from north of the rock, close in to shore and in the morning or early afternoon hours.


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Homewood Mountain Resort
5141 Westlake Blvd.
Homewood, CA 96141

Incline Village
Incline Village Chamber of Commerce
969 Tahoe Blvd.
Incline Village, NV 89451

Incline Village Crystal Bay Visitors Bureau
969 Tahoe Blvd.
Incline Village, NV 89451

Diamond Peak Ski Resort
1210 Ski Way
Incline Village, NV 89451

Kirkwood Ski Resort
1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive
Kirkwood, CA 95646

Sugar Bowl Ski Resort
629 Sugar Bowl Road
Norden, CA 95724

Olympic Valley
Squaw Valley Ski Area
1960 Squaw Valley Road
Olympic Valley, CA 96146

Mt. Rose Ski Resort
22222 Mt. Rose Hwy
Reno, NV 89511

South Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
1156 Ski Run Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce
3066 Lake Tahoe Blvd.
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

Heavenly Mountain Resort
3860 Saddle Road
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150

South Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority
169 Highway 50
Stateline, NV 89449

Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce
169 Highway 50, 3rd Floor
Stateline, NV 89449

Tahoe City
Tahoe City Visitors Information Center
380 North Lake Blvd.
Tahoe City, CA 96145

North Lake Tahoe Resort Association
PO Box 1757
Tahoe City, CA 96145

North Lake Tahoe Visitors Bureau
PO Box 1757
Tahoe City, CA 96145

Alpine Meadows Ski Resort
2600 Alpine Meadows Road
Tahoe City, CA 96145

Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce
10065 Donner Pass Road
Truckee, CA 96161

Northstar At Tahoe
100 Northstar Drive
Truckee, CA 96161

Twin Bridges
Sierra At Tahoe - Ski Resort
1111 Sierra At Tahoe Road
Twin Bridges, CA 95735

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