Lake Tahoe Bonsai Rock Location

Where is the Bonsai Rock in Lake Tahoe located? The Lake Tahoe Bonsai Rock location is exactly one mile south of Sand Harbor Beach. This place is incredible, it’s a bit of a steep climb down and up but nothing a decent pair of sneakers can’t handle. It’s about a 5-minute hike if you walk slow. This is one of the most photographed places in Lake Tahoe and when you get there you will see why. (see map below at the bottom of the page).

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Lake Tahoe Bonsai Rock Location Address

The Lake Tahoe Bonsai Rock exact address is  NV-28, New Washoe City, NV 89704. It can be easy to miss so drive slowly and make sure you look out for it. 

The Gear

The gear I used for all my photos: Nikon with a Nikon 14-24mm and a Nikon 24-85mm.  A MeFOTO tripod and a wide angle is a must. I edit all my images with my Lightroom Presets download them and give them a try.

It’s a good idea to get here about 45 minutes before the sun sets so you can scope out a good spot to shoot from and also get some good day shots, or simply to enjoy its beauty. If you have more time I suggest you go check out Sand Harbor Beach, but you might get stuck there, it’s that good :)

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This is my favorite photo I of the Bonsai Rock. When I shot it I had the biggest grin on my face, not only because I knew I was getting a great shot, but simply because I couldn’t believe what was happening in front of my eyes.

Bonasai Rock Lake Tahoe (9 of 10)

When you get there you are guaranteed to run into other photographers, usually, there will be one or 2 setting up or simply enjoying the scenery.

Lake Tahoe bonsai rock Location

I always find it a bit crazy when photographers leave after the sun sets. Make sure you stay for the blue hour and get some night shots, I mean this are some of the best photos you can possibly get, so be sure and stay a while.

Lake Tahoe bonsai rock Location

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Bonsai Rock Lake Tahoe

Bonsai Rock Lake Tahoe

Yesterday I posted a photo of this same exact place on my Facebook. This is the famous Bonsai Rock in Lake Tahoe. It’s exactly a mile South from Sand Harbor Beach on the Nevada side, very easy to get to if you ever want to go there. (There is 2 pull outs on the side of the road, one dirt and one asphalt if you get to the asphalt one you went to far, Park on the dirt one)

Yesterday I went down there and waited patiently for the sunset, to be fair it was breath taking and I had an incredible time, but from a photographers perspective I knew there could be a better shot.

Today was the day. I woke up and I had an itch about going back. I kept looking at the sky and the clouds looked kind of funky, nothing too exiting but there was the possibility of awesomeness in the making. I kept going back and forth in my head about going back to shoot the sunset once again, I finally said fuck it and headed back to Bonsai Rock. (its about an hour from where Im at right now)

When I got there this is what I saw, an epic sunset over the lake. Its moments like this I live for and today paid off. Not only that but I met two other really cool photographers, we all had big fat grins watching magic happen right in front of us.  I get a kick that other people get a kick from what I get a kick from :)

Camera settings:
0.4 seconds f/18 ISO 100 14-24mm Lens

Bonasai Rock Lake Tahoe (8 of 10)

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