Sand Harbor, with its long beach, turquoise waters and white granite cliffs, is undoubtedly one of Lake Tahoe’s most iconic destinations, a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Because it is so popular, it is not easy to get here. Unless you pull up the gates as soon as the gates open at 7am, your chances of getting inside Sand Harbor State Park are slim to none.
When the parking lot fills up — which usually happens within minutes — Nevada State Park officials close the gate. And the entrance to the park will be closed for the rest of the day, with a row of orange traffic cones blocking access to the beach.