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Heavenly Gondola

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Heavenly Mountain Gondola showing tranquil scenes, a lake or waterhole and a bay or harbor

Glide across the sky and appreciate breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Tahoe on this scenic gondola ride to a summit where exciting adventure activities await.

The Heavenly Gondola provides some of Lake Tahoe’s most staggering vistas. Hop in the gondola cabin and rise slowly for 2.4 miles (3.9 kilometers) up the mountainside as you watch over brilliant blue lake waters and dense green forests. In winter, pristine white snow blankets the landscape. Enjoy views from the Observation Deck, have drinks or a meal in the café and discover hiking trails, zip lines and varied family adventure activities.

The state-of-the-art Heavenly Gondola carries eight passengers in its cabin. Start your journey into the sky at the lower station at 6,360 feet (1,940 meters) of elevation. The gondola climbs up the mountain peak to a midpoint of over 9,100 feet (2,770 meters). Disembark here and walk around the 14,000-square-foot (1,300-square-meter) Observation Deck, where you can appreciate sweeping views of Lake Tahoe. Look west to identify California’s Mount Tallac, Pyramid Peak and Desolation Wilderness. See Nevada’s Carson Valley to the east.

Relax at this level with a sunny picnic, a drink in Café Blue, shopping at the sports shop, plenty of photo opportunities or a spectacular sunset. Set off from here for a peaceful hike in the glorious surrounding nature. Several lake-view trails of varying difficulty start from this spot.

For a bit of adventure and exhilarating fun, continue on the gondola to Adventure Peak. Try the climbing walls, ropes courses, tubing hill or coaster ride. Enjoy a thrilling race down one of the zip-line courses at 40 miles (64 kilometers) per hour. For a more serene ride, jump on the Tamarack Express chairlift to access yet more hiking or skiing trails and even better aerial views.

In winter, the Heavenly Gondola is an integral conveyance for skiers, leading to Heavenly’s vast network of lifts and runs. The ride begins in Heavenly Village near the California-Nevada state border, just east of South Lake Tahoe. There are fees to ride the gondola and participate in the peak’s adventure activities. Discounts are available for teens, seniors and children. Check the Heavenly website to find out which activities and services are available at the base, midpoint and peak during your visit.

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Harveys Resort & Casino
Harveys Resort & Casino
4 out of 5
Hwy 50 And Stateline Ave, Stateline, NV
The price is $99 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Situated in a national park, this spa resort is steps from Casino at Harveys Lake Tahoe and Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe. Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at ...
3.5/5Good! (2,680 reviews)
"The taco cantina dj was amazing. Room very nice. Staff super good"

Reviewed on Jul 24, 2021

Harveys Resort & Casino
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
3.5 out of 5
50 Highway 50, Stateline, NV
The price is $119 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is steps from Casino at MontBleu Lake Tahoe and Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe. Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe and ...
3.4/5Good! (6,053 reviews)
"My shower had cold water only and for a expensive room this was really frustrating."

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2021

Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $159 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
Situated in the mountains, this resort is steps from Heavenly Gondola and The Shops at Heavenly Village. Casino at Harrah's Lake Tahoe and Casino at Harveys ...
3.9/5Good! (3,375 reviews)
"Short staffed. No one picked up the phone when I tried to call before check in. Noisy area on the east side by the Nevada casinos."

Reviewed on Jul 22, 2021

Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
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Reviews of Heavenly Gondola

4.4

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 58.08444902162719%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 32.646755921730175%
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3 - Okay 5.9732234809474765%
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5/5 - Excellent

JoshG

Jan 5, 2020

Check out their website to view current conditions.

1/5 - Terrible

Verified traveler

Nov 26, 2019

My friends and I wanted to visit the restaurant at the top. The ski lift was not even working yet. They want $62 per person just to go to the top. It would have cost my group $248 just to ride the Gondola to the top and back. Seems rather expensive when you can't even ski yet.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 17, 2019

A fantastic view of the lake and trails to walk can see Carson Valley, beautiful standing of trees in panoramic view from the top

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveler

Sep 12, 2019

I was not operating during our stay.

4/5 - Good

MA

Sep 3, 2019

Keep whole day for this. For young kids, it is best, use Gondola, chair lift, keep water bottles with you, there is water fountain up there. Keep enough time for all the activities. The helpers on all activities are very helpful. We took a hike that was very informative.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 12, 2019

Take a sweater as it can get cold at the top.

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Harveys Resort & Casino
Harveys Resort & Casino
4 out of 5
Hwy 50 And Stateline Ave, Stateline, NV
The price is $99 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
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Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
3.5 out of 5
50 Highway 50, Stateline, NV
The price is $119 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
4130 Lake Tahoe Blvd, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $159 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel
3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
3 out of 5
931 Park Ave, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $142 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
3 Peaks Resort & Beach Club
Harrah's Lake Tahoe Resort & Casino
Harrah's Lake Tahoe Resort & Casino
4 out of 5
15 Hwy 50, Stateline, NV
The price is $149 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Harrah's Lake Tahoe Resort & Casino
Station House Inn
Station House Inn
3 out of 5
901 Park Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $190 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 24
Station House Inn
Hotel Becket Lake Tahoe, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Hotel Becket Lake Tahoe, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
3 out of 5
4003 Lake Tahoe Boulevard, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $135 per night from Aug 11 to Aug 11
Hotel Becket Lake Tahoe, Trademark Collection by Wyndham
Bluelake Inn at Tahoe
Bluelake Inn at Tahoe
2 out of 5
944 Friday Avenue, South Lake Tahoe, CA
Bluelake Inn at Tahoe
Heavenly Village Condos - Grand Residence
Heavenly Village Condos - Grand Residence
4 out of 5
1001 Heavenly Village Way, South Lake Tahoe, CA
The price is $205 per night from Aug 2 to Aug 2
Heavenly Village Condos - Grand Residence
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