California’s Great Beyond


Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area

Adventurous snow-seeks are welcome to explore the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area, an epic and wild 7,254-acre section of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Open to experienced snowmobilers (bring your own sled), backcountry skiers, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers, this snowy alpine playground offers challenging terrain and spectacular vistas. Access is located on the east side of Sonora Pass / SR 108 at the Caltrans (People's Gate), about six miles west of US 395, between the towns of Bridgeport and Walker.

Permits are free but mandatory and can be obtained online from the Bridgeport Avalanche Center, from the Bridgeport Ranger Station, just south of the town of Bridgeport on US 395, or at the People's Gate entrance to the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area. For more information, please call the Bridgeport Ranger Station at 760-932-7070.

Before venturing into the backcountry, be sure to have the proper safety equipment and understanding of hazards, as well as snow and avalanche conditions. Contact the Bridgeport Avalanche Center for current conditions and advisories:, or call 760-932-5820.

Inyo National Forest Trails

Have your own sled? Miles of snow-covered roads and play areas are open to snowmobilers in the Mammoth Lakes, June Lake, and Mono Lake areas. The Inyo National Forest's Winter Recreation Map has more information, a huge map, and is a great resource to carry on your adventure. Before venturing out, be sure to check the current grooming report and the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center for advisories and snow-pack reports. 

Guided Snowmobile Tours & Rentals

DJ's Snowmobile Adventures at Smokey Bear Flat on Highway 395, and Mammoth Snowmobile Adventures at Mammoth Mountain's Main Lodge both offer guided tours that the entire family will remember forever. DJ's connects you with over 100 miles of groomed trails, and also offers self-guided tours and rentals. Mammoth Snowmobile Adventure's tours will guide you to some of the most spectacular views and untouched powder stashes around. 

Snowmobiling on Sonora Pass

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