Know Before You Go - Winter

Be sure to plan ahead and prepare for your trip to ensure the best possible time for you and others who will be sharing the snow with you.

Winter Travel Information

Snow Levels


  • All sno parks and sno play areas require a sno park permit.Permits are sold at all DMV offices and by permit agents in resorts, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. We do not sell the sno park permits at Umatilla National Forest offices.
  • Funds from the permits go to the State of Oregon to pay for plowing the parking areas.
  • For information about permits as well as locations and winter travel, visit the Sno Park section of the Oregon Department of Transportation TripCheck site

Be prepared for Winter Recreation


  • Conditions change quickly
  • Days are short; dark comes early
  • Forest Service does NOT plow roads or clear them for downed trees or boulders in winter
  • Use caution when driving unmaintained roads, as snow can limit ability to turn around
  • Check with Oregon Department of Transportation for travel conditions and other vehicle safety tips.
    Oregon Department of Transportation TripCheck site

Safety & Etiquette for Winter Recreation