History of River Ranch Lodge

The River Ranch Story

Tahoe City, California – The colorful story of the picturesque and historic lodge on the Truckee River dates back over 100 years. Originally called the Deer Park Inn, it was completed in 1888 and grew into a fashionable watering spot on a narrow gauge railway which brought many visitors to its door.

The Inn was always a featured and favored spot. It remained a popular resort until the Great Depression of the thirties, when tourism came to a stand still. The Inn was abandoned and became dilapidated through disuse. In 1950, the old structure was cleared and a new building was built. During the 1960 Olympic Games at nearby Squaw Valley, numerous foreign diplomats used the lodge as their headquarters.

Current ownership purchased the property in 1972 and embarked on a major ongoing refurbishment. Continuous renovation has made the River Ranch into the cozy, wood shingled lodge that it is known for.

The restaurant used to consist of one dining room where family style dinner was served and has evolved into the California style fine dining restaurant that it is today. There are currently 2 rooms with a dining room and bar over the rushing river set with cozy lamps on each table where the ambiance of the bar flows into the dining area making for a warm friendly atmosphere. The second room has tables with white linen situated around a river rock fireplace that provides a more intimate dining experience.

The spacious outdoor patio on the Truckee River was expanded to be able to handle the rush of visitors each summer that arrive by raft, in-line skates, bikes, cars or on foot there to enjoy the casual atmosphere the River Ranch offers.

Over time, the 19 lodge rooms have evolved into charming, comfortable places with modern amenities each with a private bath, cable television and a modem-ready telephone. The décor reflects the mountain charm with lodge pole pine furnishings or antiques.

The accommodations overlooking the Truckee River, combined with great food and drink that is fun, creative and interesting yet familiar you’ll want to relax and enjoy the laid back mountain feel this historic lodge and restaurant has to offer in the beautiful Sierra Nevada all year round.