Walton Sno-Park

Area Status: Open
Walton Lake Sno-Park
Walton Lake Sno-Park is located off of Forest Service Road 22 and provides access to a variety of winter activities.
There are two parking areas; the lower provides immediate access to the network of cross-country ski trails, and the larger upper area that provides immediate access to the warming hut and restroom.  
The greatest concentration of snowmobile trails on the Ochoco National Forest can be accessed from the upper parking lot.  
Additionally, there is a small hilly area next to the upper parking area that is good for sledding and tubing.
Walton Sno-Park is ideal for snowmobile enthusiasts, as well as anyone who is looking to participate in more than one kind of winter recreation and does not mind roads that are maintained less in the winter.
Be advised: Plowing of the FS 22 Road only occurs approximately once per week and there are few adequate places to turn around, so access may be difficult.  In addition, early season plowing extends outside the road bed to allow room for the snow that accumulates throughout the season, so please be aware and drive with caution.

At a Glance

Reservations: This is a First Come, First Served facility.
Area Amenities: Picnic tables,Toilets,Parking
Permit Info: All Sno-Parks on the Ochoco National Forest require a valid Oregon State Sno-Park Permit from November 15 through April 30.  Permits may be purchased in Prineville at the DMV Office and at Bi-Mart. When a Sno-Park Permit is purchased, the fees help pay for the road plowing that allows access to the Sno-Parks. Oregon also honors Sno-Park Permits from Idaho, Washington, and California. Please display a valid pass on the dashboard of your vehicle for the duration of your visit.  Thank you!
Closest Towns: Prineville, Oregon
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (1)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Ochoco National Forest
3160 NE Third Street
Prineville, Oregon 97754
(541) 416-6500

General Information


From Prineville, Oregon:

Travel approximately 15 miles east on Highway 26.

Turn right at the junction to Walton Lake and Big Summit Prairie (County Road 123).

Continue for approximately 8 miles to the junction of Forest Service Road 22 and Forest Service Road 42.

Turn left onto Forest Service Road 22 and proceed approximately 7 miles to Walton Lake.  

Walton Lake Campground will be on your left, but continue on Forest Service Road 22 for another 1/2 mile.  

Walton Lake Sno-Park will be on your right.

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Recreation areas with activity Sledding/Tubing:

This area is a gravel pit by summer, but when the snow comes the short steep piles become fun sledding opportunities!


Recreation areas with activity Mushing/Skijoring:

Some folks choose to use the cross country ski/snowshoe trails as training grounds for their mushing teams.  The various distances that can be run and changes in terrain are good for preparing the dogs and person for races.  Please be mindful of other visitors if you choose this recreational activity and be sure to properly dispose of dog waste.

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Recreation areas with activity XC Skiing/Snowshoeing:

Six cross country ski and snowshoe trails of varying difficulty can be accessed from this snow park.  To help avoid user conflicts, please maintain winter trail courtesy and do not mix tracks, instead please stay in the tracks that match those of your chosen activity.  Additionally there are a few snowmobile trail crossings that intersect the cross country ski/snowshoe trails, so be sure to use caution when you encounter them.


Recreation areas with activity Snowmobiling:

This Sno-park holds the highest concentration of snowmobile trails on the Ochoco National Forest.  Trails vary in difficulty, but most are groomed regularly by the Ochoco Mountain Sports volunteer group.  There are a few Nordic Ski Trail crossings, so please use caution when riding in shared areas.


Picnic tables: Picnic table are located within the snow shelter
Parking: Parking is available in the parking lot, and can accommodate a variety of vehicle sizes.
Toilets: Vault Toilet (1)

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