Snow Day!

by Central California Parent

Snowy mountains mean one thing for kids: FUN! Local SNO-PARKS offer many options for fun in the snow, from sledding to snowmobiling to cross-country skiing. These snow-cleared parking lots provide direct access to cross-country ski trails, snow play areas, and snowmobile routes for a $5 a day vehicle fee ($25 for the season.) For maps and information visit

You can also receive a SNO-PARK guide by calling the SNO-PARK Hotline at (916) 324-4442. And don’t forget to check on road conditions before you leave by calling (800) 427-7623 for a CALTRANS recording of highway conditions.

Here are a few local spots to visit on your next family snow day!

Balsam Meadows – North side of Highway 168 east of Camp Edison and 55 miles east of Fresno in Fresno County. This is the best place for sledding and snowman building on Highway 168. Limited cross-country skiing. No snowmobiling. 841-3134

Tamarack – South side of Highway 168 and 60 miles east of Fresno in Fresno County. Snowmobile trails, cross-country skiing, and limited snow play. 855-5355

Eastwood – East side of Highway 168 at Huntington Lake Road, 75 miles east of Fresno in Fresno County. Cross-country ski trails, dog sledding, and limited snow play. 855-5355

Huntington Lake – West side of Huntington Lake off Highway 168, 78 miles east of Fresno in Fresno County. Cross-country ski trails, dog sledding, and limited snow play. 855-5355

Remember, enjoy the great outdoors safely by staying local, planning ahead to find out what is open, wearing a face covering, practicing physical-distancing and avoiding gathering with people outside your immediate household.

State Parks thanks visitors for their partnership as we collectively enable responsible recreation that protects the health of visitors and the dedicated parks staff.

The U.S. Forest, Pacific Southwest Region suspended operation of the Coyote SNO-Park due to serious public hazard concerns associated with the fire damage caused by the Creek Fire Incident. It is expected that the Coyote SNO-Park will remain closed through May 30th, the end of the operating season.

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