Doorknob Warming Hut Snowpark

Area Status: Open
Snowmobiler Rides through deep snow on a sunny day.

Part of the Tri-Forest Snowmobile trails system, Doorknob offers access to over 250 miles of snowmobile trails on the Modoc, Shasta Trinity and Klamath National Forests. In the summer the area is a popular picnic and day hiking spot.

Door Knob has a warming shelter open to all snow enthusiasts.


For snowmobile trail conditions please see:  

At a Glance

Fees: No fee.
Permit Info: Snowmobiles must display current registration. A current California Campfire Permit is required year round to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire outside of developed areas. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire.
Open Season: Open all year.
Usage: Light
Busiest Season: Winter
Restrictions: Dogs on leash only. Please clean up after your dog. Garbage service is not provided. Please take all trash, garbage, and dog droppings with you when you leave.
Closest Towns: Tulelake, 25 miles.
Water: None
Restroom: Vault Toilets (2)
Operated By: US Forest Service
Information Center: Doublehead Ranger District, 530-667-2246

General Information

Directions: In winter, the access is through the Lava Beds National Monument. From Tulelake travel west on East-West Road approximately 4 miles to Hill Road. Turn left (south) on Hill Road which is also the Modoc Volcanic Scenic Byway. This road takes you into the Lava Beds National Monument. Just before the Visitor Center, turn right (south) on County Road 49. Continue 4 miles to the snow park on the right.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Reservation Info Reservations are not accepted. All sites are first come, first served.
No. of Accessible sites Portions of this facility are accessible to wheelchairs.

Scenic Driving

The Modoc Backcountry Discovery Trail runs past the Doorknob Snowmobile Park.

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

This area provides access to over 250 miles of shared use trails. The predominant activity here is snowmobiling, but cross country skiers and snowshoers are welcome. Note: Snowshoers and hikers should avoid walking on the ski track.

Nearby Resorts There are motels available in Tulelake.
Warming Shelters A log cabin warming shelter is available for all snow enthusiasts.


While snowmobiling is the predominant sport for this area, all trails and fire roads are shared use. Cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowplay are also popular. For a pdf file of snowmobile trails click here. Note: this file is very large and may take several minutes to download. You will need Adobe Reader to view the file.

Nearby Resorts There are motels available in Tulelake.
Warming Shelters Door Knob has a warming shelter open to all snow enthusiasts. For trail condition reports on Door Knob click on the following link

Recreation Areas

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