Meissner Sno-Park/Trailhead

Area Status: Open

Formerly known as the Tangent area, the sno-park was renamed in memory Virginia Meissner, who taught cross-country skiing in Central Oregon for many years. She also wrote several books on hiking and skiing in the Cascades. This sno-park is one of the most popular winter recreation sites in Central Oregon. Summer usage is light with road access to many popular bike trails.

There are restroom facilities at this site.

Access a map of Meissner Sno-Park Ski/Snowshoe Trails here.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Visit our Deschutes National Forest SnoPark page for more information.
Permit Info: Sno-Park Permit required November 1 - April 30.
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Area closed to dogs November 1 - May 1. Closed to snowmobiles. The Bend Municipal Watershed is closed to dogs, bikes, horses, snowmobiles, camping and all fires.
Water: No
Restroom: Toilet

General Information


From Bend,OR: Travel west on Cascade Lakes Highway (46) approximately15 miles.

General Notes:

For more information call Bend-Fort Rock Ranger District Office:

  • 541-383-4000

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Many of the trails in the Meissner Area are groomed by Meissner Nordic/TLC, which also provides information and amenities to nordic skiers most weekends and some weekdays throughout the winter.


Warming Shelters Six shelters are within a few miles of the sno-park. 

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