Blackwood Canyon is the West Shore’s most prominent canyon, holding so many zones that one would need a month of exploration to ski it all. The perfect place to spend your winter day, Blackwood Canyon is the only state managed sno-park on Lake Tahoe’s north shore. Within the canyon, Barker Pass Road serves as a wonderful trail for snowmobiling and cross-country skiers, and the top of the pass offers scenic views of the canyon below. Blackwood Canyon is full of prominent downhill ski locations that are not easily accessible but offer excellent backcountry experience and can be reached by snowmobiles. Pack up your skis and prepare yourself for a day of adventure!

  • Hours Seasonal SNO-PARK permits are available for purchase online.
  • Address CA-89, Tahoe City, CA 96145
  • Phone Lake Tahoe Basin Management: 530-543-2600
  • Website Blackwood Canyon
  • Best Feature Homewood Mountain Ski Resort, Squaw Valley Resort, the Rubicon Trail, the Tahoe State Recreation Area, and Burton Creek State Park are all located nearby.
  • Skiing
  • Sledding
  • Snowmobiling

Located on the west side of Highway 89, three miles south of Tahoe City.


  • American Canyon Trail

    American Canyon Trail

    Greenwood, CA

    This steep trail has everything needed for a great day of exploration: rugged mountain canyons, a beautiful stream with waterfalls, a wide variety of plant and animal life, gold rush era history, and panoramic views of the Middle Fork American River.

    Greenwood Road @ Pilgrim Court, Greenwood, CA 95635
  • Auburn State Recreation Area

    Auburn State Recreation Area

    Auburn, CA

    In this beautiful setting next to the Middle Fork of the American River, you have river access and you can participate in boating, fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking, gold panning, equestrian/horseback riding trails, and off-highway motorcycle riding.

    Highway 49 S @ Old Foresthill Road, Auburn, CA 95603
  • Morningstar Lake Resort Campground

    Morningstar Lake Resort Campground

    Foresthill, CA

    This smaller reservoir features family campgrounds, 100 sites, piped water, vault toilets, group area, small store, paddle-boat rentals, pay phone, and private (fee charged) fishing access.

    24515 Foresthill Road, Foresthill, CA, 95631