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Rubicon is a small town located along Highway 89 on Lake Tahoe's west shore, and is considered the hub for nearby Homewood Ski Resort. The town is generally described as "cozy" with lovely views of the lake and easy access to nearby dining and shopping. Rubicon's other claim to fame is for being home to a world renowned off-road vehicle trail. The section of the trail between Wentworth Springs Campground to Rubicon Springs is called the Devils Playground because of its difficulty. Rubicon is only a five-minute drive to beautiful Emerald Bay and the beach at Meeks Bay. A 25-minute drive takes you right to the casinos and other entertainment in South Lake Tahoe. Other outdoor recreational activities near Rubicon include swimming, parasailing, boating and fishing, water skiing, windsurfing, golf, hiking, biking and horseback riding. The D.L. Bliss State Park just north of Emerald Bay is the site of the Lighthouse at Rubicon Point. There is a visitors center at the south entrance of the park, and trail maps are available at the visitors center. You can drive to a small parking area near the head of Lighthouse Trail. The trail to the lighthouse is only 3/4 mile, but it is mostly uphill and at a high altitude. It's a nice hike and the views of the lake are beautiful, but the lighthouse itself, which was erected in 1919, is a small wooden structure that is known more for its historical significance than its' architectural beauty.

Surrounding areas: Tahoma, California (7.4 mi), Homewood, California (7.6 mi), Tahoe Pines, California (8.7 mi), Tahoe Park, California (11.2 mi), Alpine Meadows, California (13.1 mi), Olympic Valley, California (13.3 mi), South Lake Tahoe, California (13.4 mi)

Rubicon Vacation Rentals

Rubicon Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Tahoe Lake Cottages7030 West LK BlvdTahoma, CA7.4 mi.(916) 525-4411
Sunnyside Resort1850 W Lake BlvdTahoe City, CA11.4 mi.(530) 583-7200
Plumpjack Squaw Valley Inn1920 Squaw Vly RdOlympic Valley, CA13.3 mi.(530) 583-1576
Casino Area Travelodge4003 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA13.4 mi.(530) 541-5000
Days Inn3530 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA13.4 mi.(530) 544-3445
Embassy Suites Hotel Lake Tahoe Resort4130 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA13.4 mi.(530) 544-5400
Forest Inn SuitesOne LK PkwySouth Lake Tahoe, CA13.4 mi.(916) 541-6655
Holiday Inn Express3961 LK Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA13.4 mi.(800) 544-5900
Holiday Lodge4095 Layrel AveSouth Lake Tahoe, CA13.4 mi.(530) 544-4101
Howard Johnson Express Inn3489 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA13.4 mi.(530) 541-4000
Inn By The Lake3300 LK Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA13.4 mi.(530) 542-0330
Motel 6 #2502375 LK Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA13.4 mi.(530) 542-1400
Quality Inn & Suites3838 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA13.4 mi.(530) 541-5400
Rodeway Inn4082 LK Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA13.4 mi.(916) 541-7900
Stateline Travelodge4011 Lk Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA13.4 mi.(530) 544-6000
Super 8 Motel3600 LK Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA13.4 mi.(530) 544-3476
Tahoe Valley Motel2241 LK Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA13.4 mi.(916) 541-0353
Lake Of The Sky Motor Inn955 N LK BlvdTahoe City, CA13.4 mi.(916) 583-3305
Tahoe City Travelodge455 N LK BlvdTahoe City, CA13.4 mi.(916) 583-3766
Rodeway Inn4127 Pine BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA14.9 mi.(530) 541-7150
Resort At Squaw Creek400 Squaw Creek RdOlympic Valley, CA15.0 mi.(530) 583-6300
Marriott Vacation Club Grand Residence Lake Tahoe1001 Park AveSouth Lake Tahoe, CA15.1 mi.(530) 542-8400
Marriott Vacation Club Timber Lodge4100 Lake Tahoe BlvdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA15.1 mi.(530) 542-6600
El Dorado Motel4139 Lake TahoeSouth Lake Tahoe, CA15.2 mi.(415) 731-7793
Caesar's Tahoe55 Hwy 50Stateline, NV15.3 mi.(775) 588-3515
Harrah's Tahoe Hotel & CasinoHwy 50 & Stateline Pobox 8Stateline, NV15.3 mi.(775) 588-6611
Harveys Resort & CasinoStateline, NV15.3 mi.(775) 588-2411
Lake Tahoe Horizon Casino ResortHwy 50Stateline, NV15.3 mi.(775) 588-6211
Lake Tahoe Horizon Casino/reso50 Hwy 50Stateline, NV15.3 mi.(775) 588-6211
Ridge ResortsStateline, NV15.3 mi.(775) 588-3553
Tahoe Seasons Resort3901 Saddle RdSouth Lake Tahoe, CA15.6 mi.(916) 541-6700
Zelmar Lakeview LodgeN LK Blvd & Carnelian Bay RdCarnelian Bay, CA18.1 mi.(530) 546-3133
Cal Neva Lodge Resort Hotel Spa & Casino2 Stateline RdCrystal Bay, NV20.2 mi.(775) 832-4000
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe111 Country ClubIncline Village, NV22.6 mi.(775) 832-1243
Inn At Incline Condominiums1003 LK BlueIncline Village, NV22.6 mi.(775) 831-1052
Truckee Super 8 Lodge11506 Deerfield DrTruckee, CA22.9 mi.(530) 587-8888
Best Western Truckee Tahoe Inn11331 Hwy 267Truckee, CA23.5 mi.(800) 824-6385
Hampton Inn & Suites Tahoe/Truckee11951 State Hwy #267Truckee, CA23.5 mi.(530) 587-1197
Holiday Inn Express10527 Cold STRM RdTruckee, CA23.5 mi.(530) 582-1073
Best Western Trailside Inn343 N MainAlturas, CA23.6 mi.(530) 233-4111

Rubicon Weather & Climate

A distinct four-season,  alpine climate describes Lake Tahoe's weather. Located in the Northern Sierra Nevada Mountains at the 7,000-foot level, summers are generally warm and dry with cool evenings and winters are quite cold and snowy. Moderate amounts of snow are reported each year in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, with amounts and intensities increasing at elevations around 6,000 to 8,000 feet. Above 4,000 feet snow remains on the ground for long periods of time each winter and up to 40 feet of snow can be reported in the Sierras. Highways are sometimes closed for periods of two to three days due to blowing and drifting snow. Summers are quite pleasant and mild with occasional rain or thunderstorms. Sometimes, after a prolonged hot spell, thunderstorms at the higher elevations may become severe.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 40°F 20°F 6.01 in. -
February 42°F 21°F 5.71 in. -
March 45°F 24°F 4.57 in. -
April 51°F 27°F 1.82 in. -
May 60°F 33°F 1.21 in. -
June 69°F 39°F 0.77 in. -
July 77°F 44°F 0.33 in. -
August 77°F 44°F 0.46 in. -
September 70°F 39°F 0.90 in. -
October 60°F 32°F 1.95 in. -
November 47°F 25°F 4.25 in. -
December 41°F 20°F 4.68 in. -

Rubicon Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Lake Tahoe airport (TVL) located about 13 miles southeast of Rubicon in South Lake Tahoe, California, the Reno Tahoe International airport (RNO) located approximately 42 miles northeast of Rubicon in Reno, Nevada, the Sacramento Mather airport (MHR) located roughly 65 miles west of Rubicon in Sacramento, California, and finally the Mc Clellan Airfield (MCC) located around 67 miles west of Rubicon in Sacramento, California.

Rubicon Attractions

Amusement and Theme Parks
Tahoe Amusement ParkSouth Lake TahoeCA13.4 mi.
Playland ParkRenoNV43.3 mi.
Wild IslandSparksNV45.4 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA74.0 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA82.1 mi.
Water Parks
Wild Island Family Adventure ParkSparksNV45.4 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA74.0 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA97.6 mi.
Golf Courses
Tahoe City Golf CourseTahoe CityCA13.3 mi.
Bijou Municipal Golf CourseSouth Lake TahoeCA13.4 mi.
Lake Tahoe Golf CourseSouth Lake TahoeCA14.0 mi.
Tahoe Paradise Golf CourseSouth Lake TahoeCA14.7 mi.
Old Brockway Golf CourseKings BeachCA20.2 mi.
Golf Club at Genoa LakesGenoaNV20.5 mi.
Sierra Nevada Golf RanchGenoaNV20.5 mi.
Ponderosa Golf CourseTruckeeCA23.4 mi.
Coyote Moon Golf ClubTruckeeCA23.5 mi.
Tahoe Donner Golf ClubTruckeeCA23.5 mi.
Carson Valley Golf CourseGardnervilleNV26.1 mi.
Eagle Valley Golf CourseCarson CityNV27.5 mi.
Empire Ranch Golf CourseCarson CityNV27.5 mi.
Silver Oak Golf CourseCarson CityNV27.5 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski HomewoodHomewoodCA7.6 mi.
Squaw ValleyOlympic ValleyCA12.9 mi.
Alpine MeadowsTahoe CityCA13.4 mi.
Sierra-at-TahoeTwin BridgesCA13.4 mi.
Heavenly Ski ResortSouth Lake TahoeCA13.6 mi.
Kirkwood Ski ResortKirkwoodCA21.4 mi.
Diamond PeakIncline VillageNV22.6 mi.
Northstar-at-TahoeTruckeeCA23.5 mi.
Tahoe DonnerTruckeeCA23.5 mi.
Donner Ski RanchNordenCA23.8 mi.
Sugar Bowl TahoeNordenCA23.8 mi.
Bear ValleyBear ValleyCA37.5 mi.
Mount Rose Ski AreaRenoNV43.3 mi.
Dodge RidgePinecrestCA51.1 mi.
June MountainJune LakeCA104.1 mi.
Mammoth MountainMammoth LakesCA114.8 mi.
State Parks
Sugar Pine Point State ParkCA6.9 mi. 
D L Bliss State ParkCA7.1 mi. 
Emerald Bay State ParkCA7.6 mi. 
Tahoe State ParkCA13.4 mi. 
Burton Creek State ParkCA14.6 mi. 
Kings Beach State ParkCA19.9 mi. 
Lake Tahoe State ParkNV21.8 mi. 
Snyder Meadows State ParkNV22.1 mi. 
Donner Memorial State ParkCA22.9 mi. 
Grover Hot Springs State ParkCA29.0 mi. 
Washoe Lake State ParkNV29.4 mi. 
Gold Discovery Site State ParkCA38.2 mi. 
Dayton State ParkNV38.5 mi. 
Genoa Courthouse MuseumGenoaNV20.2 mi.(History)
Emigrant Trail MuseumTruckeeCA23.5 mi.(History)
Carson Valley Museum and Cultural CenterGardnervilleNV25.6 mi.(History)
Stewart Indian MuseumCarson CityNV27.3 mi.(History)
Nevada State Railroad MuseumCarson CityNV27.3 mi.(Technology)
Vernon Wood Museum of ArtDaytonNV37.9 mi.(Art)
W.M. Keck MuseumRenoNV43.3 mi.(History)
Nevada Historical SocietyRenoNV43.3 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Fleischmann PlanetariumRenoNV43.3 mi.(Science)
National Automobile MuseumRenoNV43.3 mi.(Technology)
Nevada Museum of ArtRenoNV43.3 mi.(Art)
Portola Railroad MuseumPortolaCA58.3 mi.(Technology)
Zoos and Aquariums
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA74.0 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA82.1 mi.

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