Travel And Lodging

Government requirements

Passports are needed to enter the United States. For visa information, please visit the federal travel website:

If you need visa help or special documentation, such as an "Invitation Letter", please inform the Registrar when you register.

Airport Information

San Francisco (SFO) Major international hub airport for the entire San Francisco Bay area; comprehensive World-wide service from many airlines; comprehensive USA service.
15 miles
24 km
206 miles
330 km
Oakland (OAK) International service to Europe from Norwegian Airlines; International service to Mexico and central America; major Southwest Airlines hub with comprehensive discount service across the USA.
22 miles
35 km
200 miles
320 km
San Jose (SJC) Serves Silicon Valley in the south San Francisco Bay area; International service to Canada (Toronto and Vancouver), Tokyo, Beijing, London, Mexico and central America; comprehensive USA service.
50 miles
80 km
225 miles
360 km
Sacramento (SMF) Serves the California State Capital; International service to Mexico; comprehensive USA service, mostly from Southwest Airlines.
100 miles
160 km
115 miles
184 km
Reno (RNO) International service to Guadalajara, Mexico; comprehensive USA service, mostly from Southwest Airlines.
225 miles
360 km
41 miles
66 km
Truckee Tahoe (KTRK) Regional private air services servicing the San Francisco Bay Area and southern California; private airplanes, helicopters and gliders.
192 miles
307 km
5 miles
8 km

Parking Information

1 Presidio of San Francisco Plentiful ~$2 per hour
2 Location to be decided TBD TBD
San Francisco Golden Gate Park
Plentiful Free on nearby streets. $5 per hour or $29 per day in garage
4, 7, 10 and Event center Northstar California Resort Plentiful Free
5, 6, 8, 9 Independence Creek, Spooner Lake, Little Truckee Summit None Buses are included in event fees

Stages 1, 2, 3: San Francisco Bay Area


Stages 1 and 3 are in the city of San Francisco.

Easily accessible via public transport from San Francisco Airport, Oakland Airport and city hotels.

Stage 2 location to be decided.


San Francisco has a large and varied amount of hotel/motel lodging. Tourist and downtown areas of the city are more expensive and should be booked well in advance. All are available using,, TripAdvisor and many other online booking options.

For less expensive options try the Lombard Street area, North Beach, and the Marina District. Both Stages 1 and 3 are easily accessible from Lombard Street.

Hostels can also be an inexpensive option:

For larger groups or single rooms try


Stages 4-10 event center at Northstar California Resort, North Lake Tahoe, Truckee Area. Includes NAOC, WRC


From Truckee Tahoe airport or Reno-Tahoe International airport, see this link.

Car/Auto: 195 miles from San Francisco - this is the easiest way to travel from the SF Bay Area to the North Lake Tahoe region. It’s about 3 ½ to 4 hours from San Francisco to Northstar, depending on traffic,and much of the drive is very picturesque.

Bus: Greyhound (5-6 hours)

Trains: California Zephyr Amtrak Train from Emeryville to Truckee is a beautiful option to get to the Lake Tahoe area.

Travel While in North Lake Tahoe

Car/Auto: This is the easiest way to get around the Truckee - North Lake Tahoe region. There are many rental car agencies (Hertz, Avis, Budget, Enterprise, etc), Taxis, as well as Lyft and Uber for private taxis.

Public transit: TART provides a regular local bus service.


Participants will be bussed daily to stages 5, 6, 8 & 9 from the Northstar resort. Free parking is available at Northstar. Please take this into consideration when booking your accommodation.

There will be no competitor parking at the event areas for these stages.

North Lake Tahoe is an extensive recreation area including several cities. There is a large number and range of lodgings but you should book in advance for the most choice.

The Northstar Resort is our event center and is a full service Ski Area and Summer resort.

Stages 4 and 7 will be held on the Northstar resort in addition to the World Rogaining Championships (Stage 10). Participants in the WRC will be able to camp during the 24hr event.

Direct bookings

For discounted lodging at Northstar California Resort:

Phone number: 1-800-GONORTH (1-800-466-6784)

Group rates are being negotiated with Northstar. When available, a lodging code and link will be displayed here.

Other Northstar Lodging Options

There are many rentals by owner available in the large Northstar Resort area ranging from rooms to large homes. These can be found on websites such as, and other travel websites. These are often especially well priced for families and groups looking for self catering lodging.

Other Nearby Lake Tahoe Options

There are inexpensive hotels and motels all around this area - Truckee (nice historic town), and Tahoe City (city right at the edge of Lake Tahoe) both have a range of lodging with walkable stores, restaurants and supermarkets.,, expedia and many other websites show these.

Self Catering

There are large numbers of cabins/homes of all sizes which are available for “rental by owner” - this is an excellent option for families or groups who want to self cater, and have access to a car. There are often resort amenities included such as swimming. To find these use or or google “tahoe rentals”.


There are several excellent camping areas in the area. Cal-O-Fest will assist in arranging camping at Donner Memorial State Park if requested. You may request camping information at the time of registration.

Rogaine camping will be available at the event center from July 28 to July 31 in the parking lot.