Press Release

October 13, 2022

Sno-Park permits go on sale Nov. 1

OLYMPIA – October 13, 2022 – Washington Sno-Park permits will go on sale starting Nov. 1. 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.

In addition to the seasonal permit, a special groomed permit is required to park at several high-use Sno-Parks, including Crystal Springs, Cabin Creek, Hyak, Lake Easton, Lake Wenatchee, Chiwawa, Nason Ridge, and Mount Spokane. The Special Groomed Permit helps pay for snow removal, lot clearing, sanitation and staffing at locations. The Special Groomed Permit is not required with a one-day permit.

A Discover Pass is not required at Sno-Parks, and the Sno-Park permit is still required, even on the 12 days a year when the Discover Pass is not required for parking on state lands.

Washington State Sno-Parks help provide access for a variety of winter recreation activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, tubing and more. Some parks are also designated for use of motorized vehicles including snowmobiles, tracked ATVs and snowbikes. Sno-Park permits are required from December 1 through April 30.

News media contact:
Ashley Seydel, Winter Recreation Communications Consultant, (360) 790-5317

About the State Parks Winter Recreation Program

The Winter Recreation Program manages more than 3,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, 811 miles of groomed cross-country ski trails and more than 120 Sno-Parks (plowed parking areas near snowmobile and cross-country ski trails) on public and private lands in Washington. The Winter Recreation Program is supported entirely by user fees, snowmobile registrations and a percentage of the state fuel tax. Follow the Winter Recreation Program on Twitter at @WaStatePks_WNTR.

About Washington State Parks

The Washington State Park Commission manages more than 100 state parks and properties totaling approximately 120,000 acres. The Commission provides a variety of recreation opportunities for citizens and provides stewardship protection for a diverse array of natural, cultural and historic resources. State Parks’ statewide programs include long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation.