Thousand Springs Sno-Park / Staging


Area Status: Open

Thousand Springs Trailhead provides year-round access.  In the summer it provides access to the Prospect OHV Trail system, and in winter it allows access to snowmobile trails that connect to the Diamond Lake and Claude Lewis Sno-Park areas.  Parking is available for approximately 40-50 vehicles. There are toilets, and a warming shelter with wood stove at the Sno-Park.  The Sno-Park can be crowded, especially on holiday weekends.  Water is NOT available.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

You must have a valid Sno–Park permit displayed near the lower left corner of the windshield of your vehicle if you park in a designated winter recreation parking area (Sno–Park) between November 1 and April 30. Oregon’s Sno–Park Program is funded entirely by the sale of Sno– Park permits. The program provides funds for snow removal in Sno–Parks and enforcement of the permit requirement. Permits are sold at all DMV offices and by permit sales agents at various resorts, sporting goods stores and other retail outlets. Sales agents may charge an additional service fee for each permit they sell. There are three types of permits:

  • An annual permit ($25.00/year)
  • A 3-day permit ($9.00/year)
  • A one-time, daily permit ($4.00/day)

CHAIN AND TRACTION TIRE REQUIREMENTS

When you travel in winter conditions, you must carry chains or traction tires in or on your vehicle, and must use them, when required by the signs posted. Under some conditions, four-wheel and all-wheel drive vehicles may be exempt from the requirements to use chains.

For more information on Oregon’s chain and traction tire requirements, go to Oregon Department of Transportation travel web page, Tripcheck.

WINTER DRIVING CHECKLIST

Traveling in Oregon’s snow country can be hazardous, especially if you are caught in a severe storm. The following checklist will help you be prepared in case you must travel during heavy snow.

  • Is there sufficient anti–freeze in your radiator?
  • Are the windshield wipers in good condition, and is the reservoir filled with winterized washer fluid?
  • Are the muffler and exhaust system in good condition? A leaking exhaust system can fill a closed car with carbon monoxide gas.
  • Is the gas tank filled? Long waits during storms are common.
  • Is the defroster in good working order?
  • Extra equipment— The following items will help you in case of an emergency, such as getting stuck in a snowbank:
    • Small shovel
    • Flares
    • Bag of sand, rock salt or a skid mat
    • Ice scraper and brush to remove ice and snow from your vehicle
    • Rags or paper towels to clean the windshield.
    • Battery booster cables
    • Warm, waterproof clothing, boots and gloves
    • Blankets
    • Flashlight with extra batteries
    • Emergency food supply
    • Extra drinking water

At a Glance

Closest Towns:
  •  Medford, Oregon
  • Ashland, Oregon
  • Klamath Falls, OR
Water: No
Restroom: Vault Toilet (2)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: High Cascades Ranger District

General Information

Directions:

From Prospect, OR, travel 12 miles on State Highway 62 (Crater Lake Highway) to intersection with State Highway 230. Continue right on Crater Lake Highway 17.7 miles to Thousand Springs Sno-Park / Staging, located on the right.


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Snowmobiling

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
42.91293434

  Longitude : 
-122.3246733

  Elevation : 
4500