California SNO-PARKS
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    The California Department of Parks and Recreation operates SNO-PARK sites that provide snow-cleared parking lots with sanitation facilities that offer access to snow play areas, cross country ski and snowmobile trails. Snow-cleared parking lots cannot be guaranteed on a daily basis because of weather conditions and snow plowing priorities. The SNO-PARK Program is administered by the Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division. Call the SNO-PARKS hot line at (916) 324 -1222 for any questions.

    Sno-Park and Sledding Areas of Lake Tahoe

    Descriptions

    • Yuba Pass south side of Highway 49 at Yuba Pass in Sierra County. Cross-country ski trails north of highway. Snowmobile trails both north and south side of highway. Call USFS (530) 994-3401.

    • Donner Summit south side of I-80 at Castle Peak exit beyond Boreal Inn frontage road in Nevada County. Ski trails are on north side of freeway. Snow play, cross-country ski area with some snowmobiling. Call USFS (530) 587-3558.

    • Donner Lake south side of I-80 at Donner Lake exit on Donner Pass Road at Donner Memorial State Park in Nevada County. Ski trails to Donner Lake and Donner Party historic sites. Cross-county skiing. No snowmobiles. No overnight parking. Call (530) 582-7892.

    • Blackwood Canyon west side of Highway 89, three miles south of Tahoe City in Placer County. Crosscounty skiing and snowmobile trails. Call USFS (530) 573-2600.

    • Taylor Creek west side of Highway 89 just north of Camp Richardson in El Dorado County. Cross-country skiing to Fallen Leaf Lake. Limited snowmobiling and snow playing. Call USFS (530) 573-2600.

    • Echo Lake north side of Highway 50 at Echo Lake Road half mile west of Echo Summit in El Dorado County. Popular cross-country ski area with limited snow play. No snowmobiles. No parking on entry road. Call USFS (530) 573-2600.

    • Hope Valley south side of Highway 88 at Blue Lakes Road 5 miles east of Carson Pass and two miles west of Picketts Junction (Hwys 88 and 89) in Alpine County. Snowmobile trails, cross country skiing, dog sledding and limited snow play. Overnight parking limited. Call USFS (775) 884-8101.

    • Carson Pass south side of Highway 88 at Carson Pass 60 miles east of Jackson in Alpine County. Very popular cross-country ski area with limited snow play. No snowmobiles. Call USFS (209) 295-4251.

    • Meiss Meadow north side of Highway 88, quarter mile west of Carson Pass in Alpine County. Popular crosscountry ski area with limited snow play. No snowmobiles. Call USFS (209) 295-4251.

    • Iron Mountain north side of Highway 88, at the Mormon-Emigrant Trail Road, 40 miles east of Jackson in El Dorado County. Extensive snowmobile trails. Cross-country trails and snow play areas. Call USFS (209) 295-4251.

    • Lake Alpine at winter closure gate on Highway 4, just past turn off to Mt. Reba Ski Area in Alpine County. Sno-Park site is about 55 miles east of Angels Camp. Extensive cross-county skiing. Snowmobiling trails and snow play areas. Call USFS (209) 795-1381.

    • Spicer south side of Highway 4 at Spicer Road in Calaveras County, about 45 miles east of Angels Camp. Snowmobile trails, cross-country ski trails and snow play areas. Call USFS (209) 795-1381.

    • Highway 108 at winter closure gate on Highway 108, six miles east of Strawberry in Tuolumne County. Snowmobile trails, cross-country skiing and limited snow play. Limited overnight parking. Call USFS (209) 965-3434.

    A SNO-PARK permit is required for each vehicle parked at a SNO-PARK site from Nov. 1 through May 30 of each year. Permits are sold as Day Permits or Seasonal Permits by permit vendors throughout northern California. Day permits are $5 and are valid for one single day. Season permits are sold for $25 and are valid for the entire SNO-PARK season. See website for vendor list.

    The SNO-PARK permit must be displayed on the left side of the vehicle dashboard where it can be seen clearly from outside the vehicle. All permits sold are non-refundable; day permits are non-transferable. Any vehicle parked at a SNOPARK site without a permit properly displayed is subject to a $75 fine. Should you receive a fine and have questions, contact the court or law enforcement office of the County in which the SNO-Park site is located.

    Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis at all SNO-PARK sites. No refunds are issued if a SNO-PARK is full. Park and drive carefully within SNO-PARK sites. Overnight parking, including in-vehicle camping is allowed except where noted or signed at Sno-Park sites. Tent camping or sleeping outside a vehicle in the parking area is prohibited at all SNO-PARK sites. Do not build campfires on paved areas. Do not litter SNO-PARK sites.

    Carry a shovel and tire chains. Vehicles parked overnight need to be staked at all 4 corners with 1×2 inch-by-8-foot poles to prevent accidental damage by snow removal equipment. Call 1 (800) 427-7623 for a CALTRANS recording on highway conditions.

    For more information: Contact the California Department of Parks and Recreation-Winter Recreation Program at (916) 324-4442, or visit www.ohv.parks.ca.gov.

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