Rock Creek Sno-Park
The Rock Creek Sno-Park is located in Mono County in the Inyo National Forest and John Muir Wilderness. This is the only Sno-Park in Mono County, and is 44 miles south of Mammoth Lakes and 29.8 miles northwest of Bishop.
The Rock Creek Sno-Park is on the west side of Highway 395 at Rock Creek Road near Crowley Lake. The Rock Creek Recreation Area and Rock Creek Canyon provide year-round outdoor activities, including hiking, camping, fishing, and rock climbing.
Cross-country skiing, dog sledding, snowshoeing, and snow play are recommended at the Rock Creek Sno-Park. Snowmobiles are prohibited.
The Rock Creek Sno-Park is open from November 1 through May 30. Sno-Park permits are required and are available from designated vendors or online.
Sno-Park Permit Vendors
Eastern Sierra Interpretive Association (ESIA), 190 East Yaney Street, Bishop, Ca. 93514, (760) 873-2411
Interagency Visitor Center (ESIA), Highway 395 @ State Route 136, Lone Pine, Ca. 93545, (760) 876-6222
Mammoth Lakes Welcome Center (ESIA), 2510 Highway 203, Mammoth Lakes, Ca. 93546, (760) 924-5551
Tom's Place Resort, 8180 Crowley Lake Drive, Crowley, Ca. 93546, (760) 935-4239
White Mountain Visitor Center (ESIA), 798 North Main Street, Bishop, Ca. 93514, (760) 873-3500
Sno-Park Permit Sales, California Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, 1725 23rdStreet, #200, Sacramento, Ca. 95816, (916) 324-1222 and (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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Rules and Regulations
Approximate Operating Season
November 1- May 30