The Highway 108 Sno-Park at Sonora Pass is located in Tuolumne County approximately 6 miles east of Strawberry. The Sno-Park is at the Highway 108 winter road closure spot.
Highway 108 Sno-Park is within the Stanislaus National Forest. Snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, dog sledding, and snow shoeing are recommended here. Snow play opportunities are limited.
The Sonora Pass are is a year-round destination. Hiking, camping, boating, and fishing are popular in the spring and summer months. Pinecrest Lake, Kennedy Meadows Resort and Pack Station, and the Dodge Ridge Ski Area are located nearby. When the pass is not closed for the winter, this highway leads over the mountains to the eastern Sierra Nevada's and joins with Highway 395.
Recommended activities at the Highway 108 Sno-Park include cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, dog sledding, and snowshoeing. Snow-play opportunities are limited.
The Highway 108 Sno-Park is open from November 1 - May 30. Sno-Park permits are required, and are available from designated vendors in the region or online.
Sno-Park Permit Vendors
Permits for the Highway 108 Sno-Park are available online from the California State Parks Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division or from vendors in the region. Permits are $5 per day or $25 for a season pass. A complete listing of vendors throughout Northern California is available here.
Cold Springs Market, 29822 Highway 108, Cold Springs, Ca. 95335, (209) 965-4242
Tuolumne County Marine, 18185 Wards Ferry Road, Sonora, Ca. 95370, (209) 532-3112
Sno-Park Permit Sales, California Department of Parks and Recreation, 1725 23rd Street, 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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