Van life

Van Life

It’s time to load up your mountain bikes and climbing gear, your camping stoves and marshmallows, the hiking poles and fishing poles, and begin an unforgettable van life adventure in Nevada County!


You can bring a pack of quality craft beer back to your cozy van and enjoy it with your sunset dinner. Check out Alibi Ale Works.

In Truckee, there are great camping areas along the Truckee River such as Granite Flat. There is also ample camping near Stampede and Boca Reservoirs

Dispersed camping is allowed in parts of the South Yuba Campground.


Forget something? Find all your resources for sport shops, guides and tours here.  We might recommend checking out Mountain Recreation in Grass Valley for outdoor adventure supplies. You can also check out Tahoe Mountain Sports, Granite Chief Ski & Mountain Shop or BlueZone Sports-Truckee in the high sierras in Truckee.

Visiting Truckee-Tahoe? Take the Traveler Responsibility Pledge to ensure our natural environment stays in pristine condition for generations to come.

Hipcamp is a great way to find a variety of car camping options in Nevada County!

Stop by Grass Valley’s chamber of commerce for visitor’s brochures and information on camping.

Van Life in Nevada County

Nevada County offers a plethora of serene car campsites  where you can kick back for the evening when you’ve finished exploring. 

Wake up with the sun and enjoy an early morning bike ride through lush forested areas on Emigrant Trail, where you’ll get a breathtaking view of Mount Rose and Prosser Reservoir

Where Can I Park Overnight?

Learn about where you can (and can’t) park your van so you can travel smart and sustainably! We want to keep our towns and National Forest beautiful for all visitors and adventurers. While you’re here, why not get the most out of your van life adventure? Start in Grass Valley and hop on over to Nevada City before making your way to Truckee in the course of a few days. Along the way you’ll find plenty of camping, climbing, historical sites, and the vast Tahoe National Forest. Succulent dining awaits you when you arrive in Truckee!