Experience Art Within Nature on a Trails and Vistas Art Hike: June 2023

Celebrating 20 Years of Art Hikes

WHAT: Trails & Vistas Art Hikes
WHERE: Spooner Lake State Park, East shore of Lake Tahoe
WHEN: June 24 & 25, 2023
HOW (TICKETS): $45 Adult, $15 Children, available through Trails & Vistas website: TrailsAndVistas.org
Artistic Director: Nancy Tieken Lopez, nancy@trailsandvistas.org

TRAILS & VISTAS ANNOUNCES Celebrating 20 years of Art Hikes Truckee, CA — Described as magical, joyful, diverse and inspiring, Trails & Vistas’ Art Hikes blend art experiences with the beauty of being immersed in nature. Featuring award-winning musicians, dancers, and installation artists working with this year’s theme The Space Between to offer moments of awe and wonder. This is an invitation to unplug and create sensory experiences within nature connecting us with nature through the arts.

Tour guides will take participants on a journey that will resonate deeply in one’s soul visiting seven site-specific art installations.

The Art Hikes start at the centerpiece of Spooner Lake’s new welcoming area with the new Visitor Center and outdoor amphitheater and walk along a 2.5 mile hiking trail through meadows and Aspen groves. We respectfully acknowledge that we walk on the unceded land of the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California. Spooner Lake is a portal to more than sixty miles of paths and trails in the Sierra Nevada wilderness.

The Music: A Cross Section of Cultural Paths

On Saturday, June 24, drum beats will resonate in your soul with the Tsurunokai Taiko Drums Ensemble. On Sunday, June 25, enjoy an immersive experience of sound healing with Jennie Pitts Knipe and Paula Smith.

Theme: The Space Between

Trails & Vistas Art Hike is a natural bridge creating an experience in the environment through the arts that enhance our senses. The Art Hike bridges the space between us and the natural world.

Trail Information

Hiking groups will depart every twenty minutes with a trail leader walking around the 2.5 mile Spooner Lake Trail dirt pathway, rated as easy to moderate at 6,800 elevation. Each Art Hike tour will take 2.5 hours to complete the loop and will start near the new Spooner Lake Visitor Center.

All are welcome to the Art Hikes, with specialty hikes at 9:00 am, including a Mindfulness Hikes for adults, a 10:00 am tour for playful families with young hikers, and 11:00 am Leisure Hikes for a bit of a slower pace. Sorry, no animals or pets allowed.

The audience members (participants) are led by an experienced guide, and hike in small groups pausing at art performance installations. Each Art Hike tour is designed to connect to the wonders of nature through performance installations.


General tickets are $45 for adults and $15 for children. General tickets may be purchased at Trails & Vistas’ website at www.trailsandvistas.org.

Photo credit and caption for marketing for selected photography attached by Trails & Vistas Artistic Director, Nancy Tieken Lopez

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