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6 Amazing Spots to Catch the Sunset in Lake Tahoe

Updated: Sep 15, 2021

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Are you in search of some epic spots to catch the sunset in Lake Tahoe? Then you have come to the right place! Tahoe is known to produce some of the most brilliant sunsets year-round. In this post, I am listing some of my go-to locations to watch the sunset in Lake Tahoe.

Here are six spectacular spots to catch the sunset in Lake Tahoe.

When visiting Lake Tahoe, please do your part to keep it beautiful by LEAVING NO TRACE.


Emerald Bay

Sunset at Emerald Bay State Park in Lake Tahoe
Sunset at Emerald Bay State Park
Sunset at Emerald Bay in Lake Tahoe

Emerald Bay, located off Highway 89, is one of the most photographed locations in Lake Tahoe. That's because the views here are quite exceptional, especially during sunset (and sunrise if you're an early riser). On days when the water is undisturbed, you can see a perfect reflection of the sunset sky onto the bay.


Zephyr Cove

Sunset at Zephyr Cove in Lake Tahoe

Sunset at Zephyr Cove in Lake Tahoe

Sunset at Zephyr Cove in Lake Tahoe

Located off HWY 50, Zephry Cove is a great spot to catch the sunset if you're looking for a location close to Stateline or South Lake Tahoe. There are numerous little coves in this area that have prime views of the mountains. No hike is required to get to Zephyr Cove. You just park your car along HWY 50 and walk down to the water. Zephyr is my go-to spot when I'm in the mood for an effortless place to catch the sunset.


East Shore Bike Trail

Sunset from the East Shore Bike Trail in Lake Tahoe
Sunset from the East Shore Bike Trail
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Sunset on Lake Tahoe's east shore

The East Shore Trail is a recent addition to Lake Tahoe's east shore. The scenic 3-mile paved walking and bike path runs between Sand Harbor and Incline Village and provides stunning views as well as easy access to Tahoe's rugged east shoreline. You can stay on the paved trail or veer off on the many paths that lead directly to the water.


Monkey Rock

Sunset at Monkey Rock in Lake Tahoe

Sunset at Monkey Rock in Lake Tahoe

Monkey Rock is one of my favorite hikes in Incline Village. I love taking photos from this spot any time of day, and sunset is no exception! This hike has beautiful views in every direction, and of course, the monkey caved rock is fun to grab a snap with 🐒.

For more on the Monkey Rock hike check out this video!


Cave Rock

Sunset at Cave Rock in Lake Tahoe

Sunset at Cave Rock in South Lake Tahoe

Cave Rock is a prime sunset location in Lake Tahoe. The trail, which starts at the parking lot, takes about 10 minutes and includes some light bouldering to reach the highest viewpoint. Once at the top, you'll enjoy stunning 180-degree views overlooking South Lake Tahoe.

Tip: Parking is limited and can often be full, especially around sunset.

For more on the Cave Rock hike you can check out this video:


Bonsai Rock

Sunset at Bonsai Rock in Lake Tahoe
Sunset jump off Bonsai Rock
Sunset at Bonsai Rock

Bonsai Rock is another popular photography location in Lake Tahoe, particularly at sunset and dusk. It's situated on the east shore giving you some of the best views of the sunset. Once you make it down the short but steep trail, you'll have front-row views of Lake Tahoe's iconic rock. If you're feeling adventurous enough, you can jump off Tahoe's famous rock or grab a photo of someone else jumping off of it!


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Hi, I'm Gabriella, an outdoor photographer living in Lake Tahoe, California. 
I'm originally from New York and moved to Los Angeles in 2013 to try out living somewhere new and different.  I found myself loving the adventurous lifestyle and dramatic scenery on the west side of the country.  Eventually, I moved to Lake Tahoe in 2019 after falling in love with its natural beauty and outdoor lifestyle. 
On this site, I share adventure tips and destination guides to help you explore the beauty of Lake Tahoe, the Sierras, Northern California, and beyond...

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