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.

Things to do

Family-friendly fun in Gold Country and beyond

Family-friendly Kirkwood practically begs to be explored from every angle. If you can escape the comfort of your Kirkwood vacation rental, there’s much to see in this family-friendly resort town. It’s worth visiting the Monteverde General Store Museum, which explores California Gold Country. The Alpine County Museum is a must for history junkies who want to pretend they live in the 1800s—there’s a schoolhouse and an ancient log jail on site! Engage your adventurous side at Kirkwood Bike Park and ride your mountain bike over the lengthy tracks.


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.


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.

How to get there

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.

How many vacation rentals are available around Kirkwood, CA?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 122 vacation rentals around Kirkwood. From 42 condo and apartment rentals to 16 cabin rentals, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends.

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: 2,226 vacation rentals
  • Palisades: 57 vacation rentals
  • West Meadows: 51 vacation rentals
  • Juniper Ridge: 63 vacation rentals
  • East Meadows: 66 vacation rentals

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

What are the popular point of interests near where I can stay when traveling to Kirkwood?

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

  • Cornice Express Ski Lift: 1,650 vacation rentals
  • Caples Crest Ski Lift: 1,507 vacation rentals
  • Snowkirk Ski Lift: 1,662 vacation rentals
  • TC Express Ski Lift: 1,737 vacation rentals
  • Bunny Ski Lift: 1,740 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Kirkwood listed on Vrbo 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 Condos/Apartments in Kirkwood?

Yes, of course. Vrbo has 42 Condos/Apartments in Kirkwood. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Kirkwood include:

  • Cabins: 16 rentals available
  • Houses: 51 rentals available
  • Cottages: 16 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 5 vacation rentals with pool available in Kirkwood. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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