Washington State Parks maintains plowed parking lots and some groomed trails for snowmobiling, skiing and other winter recreation

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In mountainous areas across Washington there are more than120 Sno-Parks — parking lots plowed clear of winter snow and adjacent to trails and open areas used for winter recreation. In concert with federal agencies, private landowners, and other state agencies, Washington State Parks administers the program in seven national forests and on blocks of state and private forest land.

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About 80 of Washington’s Sno-Parks are primarily for snowmobile use, though snowmobile Sno-Parks are open to both motorized and nonmotorized recreation. Sno-Parks designated as nonmotorized are reserved for sports such as cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and tubing and other snow play.

Sno-Park permits are required. Season-long permits cost $40, and daily permits cost $20.

An added permit and/or a state Discover Pass is required at Sno-Parks and state parks where groomed trails are maintained (Cabin Creek, Crystal Springs, Hyak, Lake Easton, Chiwawa, Lake Wenatchee, Nason Ridge and Mount Spokane).

For details, Sno-Park maps, and to purchase permits online, see parks.state.wa.us/130/Winter-Recreation.