Guide to USFS Sno-Parks
National Forest Camping Spots
Snow Parks or Sno-Parks as they are known in National Forests are a wonderful recreational resource which is often overlooked by campers and hikers in summer months. This website is a guide to these summer time camping spots.
Sno-parks are ideal camping locations for RV users. All sno-parks have large parking areas where RVers can spread out, make themselves comfortable and use their RVs as a home base.
Tent campers have the same luxury of a base camp setup, but not all sno-parks have designated tent sites. This should not discourage avid tent campers as camping is permitted throughout the National Forests. Simply find a suitable tent site and make camp. Please follow all regulations pertaining to camping spots and fire use.
Cheap Camping in National Forest Sno-Parks
Some Sno-Parks have a small town family park atmosphere suitable for family or group gatherings including permanent structures called warming huts. Many warming huts include picnic tables and chairs. Some warming huts have facilities for electricity if you supply your own portable generator. With a wood burning stove and ample parking, these Sno-Parks are perfect camping spots for large group get-togethers. Many warming huts were built by local snowmobile cubs and donated to the public in memory of fellow snowmobilers.
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Although water sports such as fishing, swimming, boating and water skiing are not generally found in free camping locations; facilities may be found nearby. Sno-parks.com has noted any water activities that may be found in the vicinity.
National Forest contact information for each District in California, Oregon and Washington can be found using the [Contact Info] link found on each National Forest heading on the Sno-Parks index page.
Rated Sno-Parks are distinguished by a link on the listings page. This link will take you to a detail page with photos, GPS co-ordinance, and more detailed information about the Sno-Park.
Some rated Sno-parks have a 1 minute YouTube video showing the parking areas and other facilities. Look for these links under the featured photo of the Sno-park. For a complete listing of our videos visit our blog sno-parks.blogspot.com.
To be included in Sno-Parks.com a park must be a “true” US National Forest Sno-Park, located in the National Forests in California, Oregon and Washington and permits overnight camping.
Not found in Sno-Parks.com are:
This website explores the summertime use of these Sno-Parks and references to snowmobiles and other winter activities are frequent for obvious reasons. I hope the information collected here will be of help to all visitors using the Sno-Parks for any reason.
Tread Lightly and Respect Your Surroundings so future generations can enjoy these overlooked wilderness camping locations.
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