Getting Here

The Mountain

Getting Here

Planes, Trains and Automobiles!

Shuttle Buses

Several operaters provide shuttle bus services to and from Kirkwood in the winter months.  Go to Ski Shuttles»

Taxi Service From Reno Airport

Guests flying into Reno International can reserve a cab through Stateline Taxi – 775-586-1181.  For $150 one way, they will take up to 4 people with all their gear straight to Lodging’s front door!

Driving Directions

See below for driving directions from Reno, South Lake Tahoe, North Lake Tahoe, Sacramento and the Bay Area.  Using a navigation system or GPS?  Kirkwood Mountain Resort's physical address is 1501 Kirkwood Meadows Drive, Kirkwood, CA 95646. Our resort phone number is 209.258.6000.

Please note that Mormon Emigrant Trail (not featured on map below) is closed during winter...This road will likely pop up as the fastest route on your GPS system, so make sure to select an alternate option if traveling in winter or early spring! Also, if your navigation system delivers directions including the use of Shake Ridge Road or Fiddletown Road, select an alternate route. These roads are both very narrow, curvy, and steep - in some areas they have limited or no snow removal and poor cellular service in event of emergencies.


From Reno/Tahoe International Airport:

  • U.S. 395 South to State Route 88 West 
  • Exit the Airport on E. Plumb Ln. (go 0.2 mi.) to US Hwy 395 South (go 7.5 mi.)
  • Take exit 57B to remain on US 395 (go 35.2 mi.) 
  • Turn right onto Hwy 88 (go 34 mi.) 
  • Turn left onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive. (approx. 90 min.)

From South Lake Tahoe: 

  • US 50 West to Hwy 89 South to Hwy 88 West
  • Take US 50 West to "the Y" intersection where US 50 meets Hwy 89. 
  • Turn left at the Y onto Emerald Bay Road (go 4.9 mi.) to Meyers. 
  • Turn left to continue on Hwy 89 South (go 11.1 mi.)
  • Turn Right on Hwy 88 West (go 14.3 mi.) 
  • Turn Left onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive. (approx. 35 min.)

From North Lake Tahoe via the East Shore:

  • Route 28 E to Hwy 50 W to Route 89 South to 88 West 
  • Take NV Route 28 East/South ( go 13 mi. from Incline Village)
  • Turn Right onto US 50 West (go 17.4 mi.)
  • Turn left at the Y onto Emerald Bay Road (go 4.9 mi.)
  • Turn left to continue on Hwy 89 South (go 11.1 mi.) 
  • Turn Right on Hwy 88 West (go 14.3 mi.)
  • Turn Left onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive (approx. 60 min.)

From Highway 50 in Sacramento:

Depending on your location along Highway 50, you may exit in three locations.
  • Exit South Bound Watt Avenue, or Sunrise Boulevard, or El Dorado Hills Boulevard.
  • Head South until you hit Highway 16 (The Jackson Highway):  Approximately 1.5 mi on Watt Ave, or 7.3 mi on Sunrise, or 17 mi on El Dorado Hills Blvd/Latrobe Road
  • Turn Left onto the Jackson Highway: Approximately 28.1 mi from entry off Watt Avenue, or 17.7 mi from entry off Sunrise Ave, or 2.7 mi from entry off El Dorado Hills/Latrobe
  • Turn Right at the Intersection for Highway 49, taking you towards Jackson and Sutter Creek (go 6.8 mi)
  • Before you get to Jackson, turn Left onto Ridge Road (go 8.3 mi)
    (Note: if you get to Jackson and miss Ridge Road, don't worry - you can turn directly onto Highway 88 East Bound in the town of Jackson just past the historic Main Street district.)
  • Turn Left onto Highway 88 East (go 48.8 mi)
  • Turn Right onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive (appox. 1.5 to 2 hours from most Sacramento starting locations)

From The San Francisco Bay:

Via Hwy 88 - If the Carson Spur on Hwy 88 is Open: 

  • Interstate 580 East to Interstate 205 to Interstate 5 North to Route 4 East to Route 99 North to Route 88 East 
  • Connect with Interstate 580 East from your area (about 44 miles from the Bay Bridge) to Interstate 205 East (go 13.5 mi.) to Interstate 5 North (go 13.3 mi.) 
  • Exit Downtown Stockton Hwy 4 East (go 3.4 mi.) to Hwy 99 North (go 1.8 mi.) 
  • Exit CA Hwy 88 toward Jackson (go 97.4 mi.)
        (Be sure follow signs to Stay on Hwy 88 after Clements and in downtown Jackson)
  • Turn Right onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive. (approx. 3.25 hrs.)

Via Hwy 50 - If the Carson Spur on Hwy 88 is Closed: 

  • Interstate 80 East to Hwy 50 East to Hwy 89 South to Hwy 88 West 
  • Take Interstate 80 from your area to Sacramento where I-80 becomes US 50 East (go 93 mi. on US 50) Turn Right on CA Hwy 89 South (go 11.1 mi.) 
  • Turn Right on Hwy 88 West (go 14.3 mi.) 
  • Turn Left onto Kirkwood Meadows Drive (approx. 3.5 hrs. from the Bay Bridge)

For questions or directions assistance along the way, call us at 209.258.6000.


We're lucky at Kirkwood to be situated in close proximity to three major airports...  Reno-Tahoe International (RNO) is the closest, followed by Sacramento International (SMF), and San Francisco International (SFO).