photo of Donner Lake

  Donner Summit Vacation Cabin Rentals

Renting a cabin - winter or summer - is one of the most economical ways to spend a weekend or a week in the mountains. The Interstate 80 corridor over Donner Summit has a great variety of vacation homes available for rent.

The most vacation rental cabins are found in the major developments, especially in the Donner Lake - Truckee area. Another great place to look for vacation home rentals is around Soda Springs. Rentals are available in other smaller areas all the way from Colfax to Donner Summit. Many vacation homes in those areas can be found be searching sites such as Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO) or HomeAway.

Tahoe Donner

This large development north of Truckee has thousands of upscale homes, many of which serve as permanent residences, but a large number are vacation homes. While many of the homes are in the luxury range, there are also a good number that rent for affordable rates. For a slight additional fee many offer Guests Passes which give you access to some facilities not open to the public and reduced prices on most activities such as skiing and golf. Three bedroom cabins rent for as little as $150 per night.

Donner Lake

The beauty of Donner Lake has attracted vacationers for more than a century. Homes are situated all along the north and western shore, and some are offered as rentals. Some of the homes are older while many have been recently renovated or are new construction. The close proximity to the lake, Truckee, and the wonders of Donner Summit make Donner Lake a prime vacation destination. A 4-bedroom cabin close to the lake rents for about $225 per night.


Truckee has become one of the fastest growing towns in California, attracting both permanent residents and seasonal visitors. Vacation homes there make a great place in the winter to set out to any of a half dozen nearby ski resorts. In the summer, Truckee is the place for golf, cycling, fishing, hiking, or just relaxing. Just for fun, hop the train for a short ride and spend the day in Reno. A 3-bedroom cabin close to Truckee rents for as little as $270 a night in the fall.

Soda Springs

With its proximity to all the ski resorts and other recreational opportunities around Donner Summit, Soda Springs is one of the most popular locations in the area for vacation homes. Serene Lakes are popular for canoeing, swimming, and sailing. Spend two nights in a cabin there for as little as $275.

Cisco Grove

Summer cabins are scattered all along old Highway 40 from the Soda Springs area west to Cisco Grove. Some cabins are isolated, others part of small clusters, and a few in larger developments.

Colfax and Dutch Flat

Colfax area rentals have the advantage of being below the snow line most of the winter. They are also close to recreation areas such as Rollins Lake and Scotts Flat Lake. You can rent a cozy 1 bedroom, 1 bath cottage at Dutch Flat for about $125 per night. Close to gold panning.


Off the beaten path, Foresthill is a wonderful place to explore. Many historic places from the Gold Rush era are found along the Foresthill Divide. Nearby lakes and trails make it a popular area for fishing and hiking, OHV and mountain biking. Three bedroom cabins that sleep up to 8 rent for as little as $200 per night.

Scotts Flat Lake

Close to historic Nevada City, the Scotts Flat area has a lot to offer to vacationers. The lake is great for swimming, fishing, boating, and water skiing. Nearby Pioneer Trail is a wonderful place to hike, bike, or horseback ride.

Miles to Popular Recreation Areas

Community Soda Springs - Donner Summit Truckee Tahoe City, Lake Tahoe Reno
Colfax 40 50 64 83
Cisco Grove 10 20 34 53
Soda Springs - 12 26 45
Truckee 12 - 14 33

map of greater Donner Summit area, CA


Other Nearby Areas to Consider for Rental Cabins

Echo Summit

At the south end of Lake Tahoe near Echo Summit (Highway 50) you will find plenty of vacation home rentals in places such as Meyers and over the pass as you reach communities such as Pollock Pines.
Find out about the vacation home rentals on Discover Echo Summit.

Carson Pass

Only a few miles to the south over Highway 89 or up Mormon Emigrant Trail Road, Carson Pass (Highway 4) offers mountain lakes such as Silver Lake and Caples Lake, winter skiing at Kirkwood, great camping sites, and a host of other outdoor recreation opportunities. You may want to consider looking for vacation home rentals through our sister website Up and Over Carson Pass.

Ebbetts Pass

Ebbetts Pass: Along Highway 4 are many excellent vacation home developments, including Forest Meadows, Blue Lake Springs, Big Trees Village, and Bear Valley.
Ebbetts Pass Adventures

Sonora Pass

A little farther to the south is beautiful Sonora Pass (Highway 108) with Dodge Ridge Ski Resort, Pinecrest Lake, Kennedy Meadows, and dozens of other great destinations and recreation opportunities. Take a look at another of our sister websites, Sonora Pass Vacations.