California operates 18 SNO-PARK areas, several of which are within striking distance of Reno. These areas provide plowed parking lots, sanitation facilities, and access to snow play areas. Some also feature cross-country ski and snowmobile trails. Sno-Parks permits are required to use these areas from November 1 to the following May 30. The daily fee is $5, or you can get a season pass for $25. If you get caught parked at one of these places without a permit, the fine is $87.
SNO-PARK areas are available on a first-come basis with no guaranteed parking spaces. They are not always open due to weather and other possible problems. Before heading out, be sure to check weather and highway conditions. For more information, call the SNO-PARK Hotline at (916) 324-1222.
More SNO-PARK Information
- SNO-PARKS Site Map
- Printable Brochure and Map of California SNO-PARK Locations
- List of SNO-PARK Permit Vendors
Where to Buy SNO-PARK Permits
In the Reno area, California SNO-PARK Permits are available at these locations:
Reno Cycles & Gear
3445 Kietzke Lane, Reno, NV 89502
Carson City Ranger Station (ESIA)
1536 S. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89701
For locations of SNO-PARK permit sellers in California, refer to the SNO-PARK Permit Vendors list.
To purchase daily or season permits by mail, download the order form and follow the instructions. The SNO-PARK fee is $5 per day and $25 for the season, plus $1 for mailing. Make checks or money orders payable to the California Department of Parks & Recreation. The mailing address is:
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Attention: Permit Orders
1725 23rd Street, Suite 200
Sacramento, California 95816
Buy SNO-PARK Permits Online
SNO-PARK permits may be purchased online. At the end of the transaction, you can print a temporary permit if it is a season pass. A permanent one will be mailed to you. For daily permits, you can print it and head for the hills. Either way, a $1.95 service fee is added to the total.
California SNO-PARK Locations
- Balsam Meadows
- Blackwood Canyon
- Carson Pass
- Donner Summit
- Echo Lake
- Highway 108
- Hope Valley
- Huntington Lake
- Iron Mountain
- Lake Alpine
- Meiss Meadow
- Rock Creek
- Taylor Creek
- Yuba Pass
Other place to use your California SNO-PARK Permit
California SNO-PARK permits are valid in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Oregon, Washington, and Idaho SNO-PARK permits are valid in California. If you are traveling to those three states between November 1 and May 30, be sure to take your California SNO-PARK permit.