The Round Valley Sno-Park is the newest park in the Sno-Park system, opening in the winter of 2013. It is located Highway 207, 0.2 miles from Highway 4 within the Stanislaus National Forest. The Bear Valley Cross Country and Adventure Company is also located near Round Valley Sno-Park.
There are two ridges accessible from the sno-park: the ridge formed by Poison Peak (8420) and Peak 8605, which runs from east to west and separates Round Valley and Poison Canyon. This area offers open terrain for downhill activities. The other ridge runs from north to south, and allows access to Round Valley and Mount Reba.
Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, and snow play are recommended activities at the Round Valley Sno-Park. Snowmobiling is prohibited.
Round Valley Sno-Park is open from November 1-May 30. Sno-park permits are required, and are available from several vendors in the Ebbetts Pass area listed below or online.
Sno-Park Permit Vendors
The following is a list of Sno-Park permit vendors in the Ebbett's Pass area and from California State Parks Sno-Permit Sales office. A complete listing of Sno-Park permit vendors throughout Northern California is available here.
Bear Valley Cross Country, 1 Bear Valley Road, Bear Valley, Ca. 95223, (209) 295-4251
Bear Valley Snowmobile Service, 132 Bear Valley Road, Bear Valley, Ca. 95223, (209) 753-2834
Ebbetts Pass Sporting Goods, 925 Highway 4, Building A, Arnold, Ca. 95223, (209) 795-1686
Sierra Nevada Adventure Company, 2293 HIghway 4, Arnold, Ca. 95223, (209) 795-9310
Sno-Park Permit Sales, California Department of Parks and Recreation, 1725 23rd Street, #200, Sacramento, Ca. 95816, (916) 324-1222 or (916) 324-4442
California State Parks Division of Vehicular Recreation Sno-Park Program
Sno-parks provide access to cross country ski trails, snowmobile routes, and snow play areas. Sno-parks are operated by the California State Parks and Recreation Office of Highway Motor Vehicular Recreation (OHMVR) in cooperation with the United States Forest Service. All of the sno-parks in California are in the Sierra Nevada’s, and are open from November 1 through May 30. The California Sno-Park Hotline can be reached at (916) 324-1222. Sno-Parks operated by the state are designated by brown signs located along highways.
There are 19 sno-parks operated by the OHMVR, and permits are required for each one. Day permits for $5 and season permits for $25 are available from designated Sno-Park vendors, by mail from OHMVR, or on-line. On-line purchases are subject to an additional $1.95 service fee. Permits must be displayed on the left side of the dashboard, and clearly seen from the outside of the vehicle. Permits are non-refundable and non-transferable, and parking at a Sno-Park without a permit may result in a $94.50 fine. California Sno-Park permits are also valid in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho.
Parking is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sanitation facilities are provided at each of the parks. Camping, littering, and over-night parking are prohibited.
The Sno-Parks are located in areas that can experience road closures in harsh weather conditions. Call CalTrans at 1-800-427-7623 or check the CalTrans website to get information on roadway conditions when planning your trip, and carry chains and a shovel. Winter recreation can be hazardous, so it is important you consider your skill level, wear proper clothing, have respect for the terrain and park rules and regulations, and adhere to posted warnings for your safety.
A printable brochure of Sno-Park locations is available from the OHMVR website and can be found here.
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