Winter Recreation Program


Snow child

California offers spectacular winter recreation opportunities throughout the state, so are you ready to have fun?

The Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation (OHMVR) Division of California State Parks collaborates with the U.S. Forest Service, other state agencies, and local government to facilitate the Winter Recreation Program. The program includes two components: the Over Snow Vehicle (OSV) program and California SNO-PARKS.


Over Snow Vehicle Program
The OSV Program supports a system of 34 trailheads and 26 groomed trail systems within 11 national forests. These systems provide more than 1,700 miles of groomed trails for OSVs such as snowmobiles and side-by-side tracked vehicles. In addition, the OSV trails are often used for non-motorized winter activities, such as cross-country skiing and dog sledding.

The OHMVR Division provides funding for all OSV program services, including trail grooming, parking lot plowing, trash removal, restroom facility maintenance, and plowing 97-miles of access roads. Trailhead parking lots tend to fill-up quickly, so visitors should arrive early to secure a parking spot.


California SNO-PARKs
California's 19 SNO-PARKs provide opportunities for non-motorized winter activities, including cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and snow play. In addition, some of the SNO-PARKs also provide access to the motorized trails; some of which are part of the OSV program. The SNO-PARK sites are located on U.S. Forest Service lands. Plowing services and restrooms facilities are supported by the Winter Recreation Fund, which is funded by the sales of SNO-PARK parking permits. The entire program is overseen and managed by the OHMVR Division.


California State Parks' Winter Recreation program epitomizes true partnerships that lead to snow fun for all.  

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