Destination guide

Gorgeous resort destination with killer views

Kirkwood likely conjures up visuals of thick forests and blinding greenery. What you should also be envisioning, though, are blankets of white snow and crystalline views, which primarily give the area its reputation as one of the top resort towns in California. That said, it also happens to be situated within Eldorado National Forest, so you can expect the best of both worlds when you book a Kirkwood vacation rental. Kirkwood is fairly year-round fabulous, so any time is a great time to visit and immediately dive into the vibrant and highly adventurous scene.

Activities

There’s more to Kirkwood than killer snow

Though largely a resort town, there’s more to do in Kirkwood than whiz down the slopes and toss snowballs. Grab the family and go for a hike at Bassi Falls or set up camp at idyllic Wrights Lake. If you appreciate the great outdoors, the trails at Caples Creek provide beautiful hiking opportunities. Take a breather and pop into one of many luxe nearby spas, or settle in with the locals at a buzzy restaurant and enjoy some live music on a Friday night. Kirkwood vacation rentals put you within steps of epic skiing and sledding opportunities.

Weather

Dry, comfy, snowy--we must be in Kirkwood

Primarily dry and comfortable, Kirkwood boasts a subtropical climate that is generally comfortable. The average high is about 72 degrees in the middle of summer, and it cools down to around 38 degrees come wintertime. Snowfall is what makes the area so renowned—without the white stuff, the resort destination would be decidedly different. The average amount of snow is an impressive 470 inches a year. Even on desperately cold days, though, the sun continues to shine. Don’t forget those sunglasses—it can get blinding!

Natural features

Big mountain living in pristine Kirkwood

There’s a reason Kirkwood is so renowned for its unforgettable, big-mountain experiences. You’ll experience it yourself when you step outside your Kirkwood vacation rental and gaze up at the marvel of the Sierra mountain range. Largely secluded, Kirkwood is easily accessible via peaceful Highway 88 and sits about 7800 feet over sea level. It’s one of the few resort areas in California that offers aggressive terrains and mountainous regions that rival those in true ski country. In the right areas, you may catch a glimpse of aspens and conifers soaring overhead, or deer and marmots stealthily slinking nearby.

Transport

How to get to and around Kirkwood

The nearest airport is in Lake Tahoe, CA (TVL), located 14.1 mi (22.7 km) from the city center.

Where to stay around Kirkwood?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 160 vacation rentals near Kirkwood. From 53 Houses to 73 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Kirkwood for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Kirkwood?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Kirkwood:

  • Kirkwood Mountain Resort: 2,118 vacation rentals
  • West Meadows: 77 vacation rentals
  • Juniper Ridge: 106 vacation rentals
  • Palisades: 98 vacation rentals
  • East Meadows: 111 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Kirkwood?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Kirkwood. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Caples Crest Ski Lift: 1,515 vacation rentals
  • TC Express Ski Lift: 1,742 vacation rentals
  • Snowkirk Ski Lift: 1,635 vacation rentals
  • Reut Ski Lift: 1,631 vacation rentals
  • Cornice Express Ski Lift: 1,630 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kirkwood listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Kirkwood?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 53 Houses in Kirkwood. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kirkwood include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 73 rentals available
  • Cabins: 20 rentals available
  • Cottages: 20 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Bungalows and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Kirkwood?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 6 vacation rentals with pool available in Kirkwood. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.