Kirkwood Parking & Resort Transportation Guide

Getting Here & Parking


New for 23/24 Season:

We remain committed to addressing challenges with traffic/road congestion and parking. This winter, we will continue to offer choices for guests, with a combination of both free and paid parking options on weekends (Saturday – Sunday) and on holidays/peak periods. With that in mind, we will be making additional changes to our paid and carpool parking program here at Kirkwood:
  • The Chair 9 and Volcano lots will become carpool only(4+) lots on weekends and holidays/peak periods. These are dedicated carpool lots and as such, only vehicles with 4+ occupants will be permitted in these lots on weekends and holidays.

  • Every day of the entire season, vehicles with 4+ occupants will always park for free anywhere at Kirkwood.

  • Over 80% of our parking will remain free on weekends and holidays/peak periods in the Red Cliffs lots, the Timber Creek (7) lots, and parking on Kirkwood Meadows Drive and Loop Road.

  • 100% of our parking will remain free, unregulated on non-peak weekdays.

  • The VIP and Village Lot will continue to be paid parking lots on weekends and holidays, while vehicles with 4+ occupants will be offered complimentary parking in these areas. 

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Parking at Kirkwood

It’s important to keep in mind parking is available on a first come, first serve basis and cannot be guaranteed. Parking regularly reaches full capacity during holidays and fresh snow conditions, please plan accordingly.

For specific location information regarding the below parking locations, reference our Parking Map. Parking at the Main Village or VIP Village lots is paid parking and no overnight camping is permitted in any lot.

Parking Map


Village Parking Lots
  • Village Paid
  • VIP Paid Parking Lot
  • Red Cliffs Parking Lot
  • Tennis Court Lot


Timber Creek Parking Lots
  • Timber Creek - Chair 7 lots
  • Timber Creek - Shop Lot
  • Ski & Ride School Lot
  • Timber Creek - Chair 9 lot


Parking for Lodging Guests

Please refer to your reservation details or check in at the Kirkwood Lodging office. See map for location.


Resort Shuttle

Our resort shuttle offers convenient transportation through the Kirkwood Base Area and utilizes the following stops. See map for locations.

  • Red Cliffs Lot Shuttle Stop
  • Red Cliffs/East Meadows Shuttle Stop
  • Cornice Shuttle Stop-West Bound
  • Village Stop-East Bound
  • Timber Creek Shuttle Stop

California Highway Updates

Check in with our outstanding partners at Caltrans for the most recent updates on road conditions. You can also visit their quick map link if twitter isn't really your thing. 

CALTRANS Twitter QuickMap

Car Rentals

Reno International Airport and South Lake Tahoe offer car rentals from Hertz for your convenience.  Hertz offers a great selection of vehicles to accommodate a variety of group sizes, with specially equipped vehicles for winter driving in Tahoe.  For more information on special Kirkwood guest rates on Hertz rental cars, call 800.967.7500