OLYMPIA – The Washington State Parks Winter Recreation Program Sno-Park permits announced the sale of Sno-Park permits starting Nov. 1. The Program manages over 130 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 on the Winter Recreation website: https://www.parks.wa.gov/130/Winter-recreation or through a licensed vendor.
Snowmobiles also must register their snowmobile through the Washington Department of Licensing.
In addition to the seasonal permit, a special sticker 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 Area sticker helps pay for more frequent trail grooming, lot clearing, sanitation, and staffing at locations. The Special Groomed Area sticker 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 to a variety of winter recreation activities like cross-country and downhill skiing, snowshoeing, dog sledding, tubing, and more. Some parks are also designated for use of motorized vehicles including snowmobiles. Sno-Park permits are required from December 1 through April 30.