Snowmobile recreation

Snowmobiling is one of the state's most popular winter activities. More than 3,000 miles of groomed trails are provided through the Winter Recreation Program, in cooperation with federal, county, and local agencies, ski areas, snowmobile clubs, and private landowners.

The Winter Recreation Program provides Sno-Parks, cleared parking areas for vehicles in close proximity to groomed and/or backcountry trails. There are two types of Sno-Parks, those for snowmobiles and those for non-motorized sports. A handful offer both types of activities.

For information on where to rent a snowmobile, call the Washington State Snowmobile Association at 800-784-9772.

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Remember that Sno-Park plowing cannot be done without highway plowing. For this reason, under certain weather conditions, some Sno-Parks may not be cleared for vehicle parking until other areas have been cleared. Keep in mind that it is against the law to park on highway interchanges.

Revenue for snowmobile Sno-Parks spent: 65% for trail grooming, 14% for snow removal and sanitation, 13% for administration, 3% for education and enforcement, and 5% for equipment reserve

How revenue is spent

All funds from snowmobile registrations and a percentage of the state gasoline tax are used solely for snowmobiling purposes, including:

  • Enforcement
  • Equipment purchases
  • Program administration
  • Safety education and training
  • Snow removal and sanitation in designated parking lots
  • Trail grooming
  • Trail signing and maps