Big Bend Visitor’s Center opens Saturday |

Big Bend Visitor’s Center opens Saturday

Tahoe National Forest’s Big Bend Visitor Center opens for the 2001 season on Saturday, May 19, Director Phil Sexton announced this week.

“I’m really looking forward to the opening,” said Sexton. “We’ve been working all winter on improvements to the center that will improve our level and quantity of visitor services, and people should notice quite a few changes as summer progresses.”

Initially, the center will be open Friday through Sunday, but beginning Memorial Day weekend, the Center will be open daily, providing camping and hiking information, campfire permits, general national forest information, and exhibits and activities related to the history of the area.

Program schedules and other information are available by calling the center at (530) 426-3609 or on the Internet at

Programs currently scheduled include guided walks on the Emigrant Trail, and star-gazing at Big Bend. Wildflower walks and other activities are being planned, and will be scheduled soon.

“Our first scheduled program, ‘Star Gazing at Big Bend,’ actually occurs on Thursday, May 17, before the center opens,” said Sexton. “This free program is a guided tour of the heavens led by our astronomer Don Machholz. Visitors should bring a flashlight and a jacket for the evening chill, and meet at Loch Leven trailhead, just east of the center, at 9 p.m.”

For more information, call the center at (530) 426-3609.

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