Deadwood Nordic Area Trails

Deadwood Sno-Park is located at the junction of Dead Indian Memorial Highway and Forest Road 37, approximately 22 miles east of Ashland. Oregon Sno-Park Permits are required to park here. The "Deadwood" area, named in the 1850s-1860s for the presence of fire or insect-killed trees around the edge of a nearby meadow, offers a variety of opportunities for the winter recreationist. Nordic skiers, snowmobilers, snowshoers, winter campers, and dog sledders (rarely) all use this area. The gentle terrain of the Dead Indian Plateau makes Deadwood an especially good spot for beginner and novice snowmobilers and skiers. However, the more experienced winter recreationist can also find challenges on extended day or overnight trips. There are no marked trails in the area except for an occasional orange diamond on Forest Roads 37 and 3710 which are designated snowmobile routes.

Skiers: Inexperienced skiers (or those with only limited time) may want to stay on Forest Road 37 which runs north from the Sno-Park. Go right at the "Y" about 0.5 mile from Deadwood. The road to the left is 3710. Beaver Dam and Daley Creek Campgrounds are located adjacent to 37 just under 2 miles from the Sno-Park. Skiers with good orienteering skills will find lots of unmarked opportunities on other snow-covered roads and "skid roads" in the vicinity.

Numerous partial loop tours on these roads are available to the experienced skier with good map and compass skills. Forest Roads 37 and 3710 are occasionally groomed to a width of 12 feet. The nordic "skater" will especially enjoy a freshly groomed track.

Snowmobilers: Deadwood Sno-Park offers access to Fish Lake and Lake of the Woods to the north and east and to Hyatt Lake to the south. The Rogue Snowmobile Club occasionally grooms Forest Roads 37 and 3710 to the north and west, and the unnumbered BLM / private road to the south. (Important Note: As of December 1996, access "routes" from Deadwood to the more formally designated snowmobile "trails" are not signed. Snowmobilers unfamiliar with the area should purchase more detailed maps of the area.

At a Glance

Open Season: Winter
Restrictions: Skiers, snowshoers, and snowmobilers must stay to the right, especially on blind corners. Keep dogs under control, especially when snowmobiles or dog teams are approaching.
Closest Towns:
  • Ashland, OR
  • Medford, OR
  • Klamath Falls, OR
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Siskiyou Mountains Ranger District

General Information


From Ashland, OR, turn left onto Dead Indian Memorial Highway (County Road 722) and continue for approximately 28 miles to Forest Road 37 (Big Elk Road). Deadwood Nordic Area Trails are located at this junction, at the Deadwood Sno-Park.


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