Ray Benson Sno-Park

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Ray Benson Sno-Park provides access to multiple ski and snowmobile trails on the Willamette National Forest as well as ski and snowmobile trails on the Deschutes National Forest. The trail systems access three warming shelters on the Deschutes National Forest; Brandenburg Butte, Island Junction and North Blowout.

Map of the Ray Benson Nordic Ski Trails

Map of Santiam Pass Nordic Ski Trails and Snowmobile Trails


  • Two restrooms
  • Warming hut
  • Orientation maps
  • Staging area with snub posts for sled dogs
  • Concessions and telephone are located nearby at Hoodoo Ski Area.

Know Before You Go in Winter: Tips on how to plan ahead and prepare for your trip to ensure the best possible time for you and others who will be sharing the snow with you.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: McKenzie River Ranger District: Sno-Park is open November 1, 2018 – April 30, 2019. A Sno-Park permit is required. Amount of Snow: 3'-4', with less in some areas Conditions: The snow pack at Ray Benson Sno-Park is currently described as a dense wet layer on top of compacted snow. Slush pockets exist along trails. Current Hazards: Hazards previously covered by snow are becoming more exposed. Snow depth is fluctuating and might be less in some places. Wet pockets are forming throughout the trial system. Be cautious in areas that have had a past fire, particularly the area that was burnt during the recent Shadow Lake fire. Dead trees are likely to fall over the winter. Maintain situational awareness, particularly when the wind starts to blow. Be on the lookout for occasional stumps that are buried just below the snow. Cross country skiers and snow shoers should keep an eye out for snowmobilers on the wrong trails. An increased USFS presence at this site is working to educate users on correct user trails and etiquette.
Permit Info: Sno-Park Permit Required
Open Season: November 1 - April 30
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions: Routes marked only with blue diamonds are NOT open to snowmobiles. 
Closest Towns: McKenzie Bridge, OR
Restroom: Two restrooms
Information Center: McKenzie River Ranger District
57600 McKenzie Hwy
McKenzie Bridge, OR 97413

General Information


From McKenzie Bridge, OR, drive 38 miles northeast on Highway 126 to Santiam Pass.

Turn right to go south on Forest Road 2690 towards Hoodoo Ski area.

Past Hoodoo Ski area, turn left east on Forest Road 920 into Ray Benson Sno-Park.

General Notes:

Snow level information: Hogg Pass Snotel



Oregon Department Of Transportation plows Ray Benson Sno-Park lots when conditions permit. Occasionally, lots will not be accessible or deep snow exists causing many vehicles to become stuck. Use caution when entering parking areas. Tents should not be set up within 300 feet of parking areas.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Winter Sports

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Recreation areas with activity Mushing/Skijoring:

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

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4800 Feet