We’re fortunate to live in an area of the country that is just as fun outdoors in the winter as it is in the summer. Many State Parks are open during the winter season for various winter sports. However, these parks often require special permits for use. Read on to learn about the 2022 Washington Sno-Park Permits.
Sno-Park Permits available as of November 1st
The State Parks Winter Recreation Program manages over 120 recreation sites, or Sno-Parks, across the state for recreators to enjoy during the winter season. Parking at these sites requires special permits.
Seasonal or one-day Sno-Park permits can be purchased online or through a licensed vendor.
Snowmobilers also must register their snowmobiles through the Washington Department of Licensing.
The 2021 Sno-Park Permits are now available for purchase. For the first time since 2009, there has been an increases in prices for this year’s permits.
Washington state Sno-Park users enjoy a high-level of service, including cleared parking lots, groomed ski, skate-ski and snowmobile trails, regularly sanitized bathrooms and avalanche beacon check stations in some backcountry areas. The new prices reflect the rising cost of these operations, as well as replacement of aging equipment, including grooming machines.
During the last 12 years, this self-funded program, has opened several new permanent Sno-Parks around the state and created temporary Sno-Parks to meet customer demand.
Looking for adventure this winter? Here are some safety guidelines, pass information, and tips for winter recreation in Washington State Parks.
Sno-Parks The Winter Recreation Program manages Sno-Parks (cleared parking areas) in close proximity to groomed and backcountry trails. Snowmobile Sno-Parks are open to both motorized and non-motorized winter recreation. Non-motorized Sno-Parks are only open to winter recreation sports such as cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and snow play.
Pass & permit information Sno-Park permits are available online from Nov. 1 through April 30.
Visitors to Washington state parks and state recreation lands managed by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources are required to display the Discover Pass on their vehicles.
5 key safety guidelines when riding in avalanche country:
Looking for a place to go snowmobiling or tubing? Even thinking of doing some winter camping?
There are more than 120 Sno-Parks (parking lots cleared of snow) available statewide during the winter. Approximately 80 of the Sno-Parks are designated primarily for snowmobiling, and five set aside for tubing and general snow play.
Please note that Sno-Parks and trail reports are updated regularly during the winter season. Sno-Park and trail information may change without notice due to snow conditions, temperatures, equipment breakdowns, etc. For updates, visit the Washington State Parks Sno-Parks website.