The ill-fated and notorious Donner party was forced to set up camp here in the winter of 1846 when heavy snowstorms made ... More
Donner Memorial State Park
The ill-fated and notorious Donner party was forced to set up camp here in the winter of 1846 when heavy snowstorms made their journey over the treacherous mountains impossible. The Emigrant Trail Museum features Donner party artifacts and many other items of historical interest including the Pioneer Monument and the Murphy family cabin site. Guided nature walks are also offered. The adjacent area boasts hiking trails, a beach, biking trails and fishing.
We ventured up to Donner's Pass around Easter of 2006 while on a trip to Reno. There was a lot of snow on the ground, but not compared to what the Donner Party faced when they braved the elements.
We weren't able to walk the trails because of the snow, however, just seeing the memorial statue that they have at the park is amazing. It's the same height as the amount of snow that fell on them. When you look up at it, it just amazes you that anyone at all survived it. They have very knowledgable staff and there is a film that you can watch about, which I suggest you do. There is also a museum. I would suggest going there because there is so much history there and everyone should see just what the pioneers went through to open up the West to us!!
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