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Santa visits, sleigh rides highlight December at Sand Harbor

Jay Howard
Special to the Bonanza
The Visitor Center at Sand Harbor State Park includes a gift shop and an area for snowshoe rentals.
Courtesy Rien Rijthoven |

If you go

Saturday, Dec. 6

‘Before It was a Park’ History Talk: 10-11 a.m., Visitor Center

Christmas Ornament Crafting: Noon- 3p.m., Visitor Center, $5 donation

Sunday, Dec. 7

‘Before It was a Park’ History Talk: 10-11 a.m., Visitor Center

Sand Harbor Hike with a Ranger: 1-2:30 p.m., Sand Point

Saturday, Dec. 13

‘Holiday Heritage’ Talk: 10-11 a.m., Visitor Center

Christmas Ornament Crafting: Noon- 3p.m., Visitor Center, $5 donation

Sunday, Dec. 14

‘Holiday Heritage’ Talk: 10-11 a.m., Visitor Center

Sand Harbor Hike with a Ranger: 1-2:30 p.m., Sand Point

Saturday, Dec. 20

Santa Claus at Sand Harbor: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Visitor Center

Christmas Ornament Crafting: Noon- 3p.m., Visitor Center, $5 donation

Sunday, Dec. 21

Santa Claus at Sand Harbor: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Visitor Center

Sand Harbor Hike with a Ranger: 1-2:30 p.m., Sand Point

Weekends, through Jan. 4

Borges Sleigh Rides at Sand Harbor: With potential for all winter long. Weekday reservations available.

INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. — With its singularly clear crystal blue waters, breath-taking vistas and richness in cultural history, Sand Harbor is hailed by Nevadans as one of the most beautiful places they’ve ever seen.

The combination of sand, surf and boulders is unparalleled at what is nationally recognized as a highly distinctive and stunning lake.

Sand Harbor also boasts a level of development, services and access that lures over 1 million visitors per year, mostly in the summer months.

But have you seen Sand Harbor in the winter? That same place you’ve come to know and love takes on a whole new look and feel with a fresh blanket of snow and winter’s crispness in the air.

The staff at Sand Harbor would like to invite you to experience the park in a new way by visiting for any of a wide variety of events during the month of December.

Instead of just staying cooped up indoors, or in between visits to the ski slopes, come see us on any weekend, and you’ll find something fun for the entire family.

There will be interpretive talks at the visitor center, ornament crafting with the kids, and ranger-led hikes around the Sand Point Boardwalk.

Take the family on a scenic sleigh ride around Sand Harbor as well, but don’t worry about the snow — the sleighs have wheels just in case.

And if the snow does cooperate, come in to rent snow shoes for a hike on the beach or through the picnic area. And best of all, make a memory for the kids by bringing them to see Santa Claus, for free, at the visitor center the weekend before Christmas.

Jay Howard is Park Supervisor at Sand Harbor State Park, located off Highway 28 a few miles east of Incline Village. Visit http://www.parks.nv.gov or call 775-831-0494 to learn more.