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Visit the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Winter

The expanded Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument offers outstanding opportunities for a variety of winter sports within a short drive of residents and visitors to southern Oregon. Plentiful snow at higher elevations makes cross-country skiing, snowmobile touring and snow-play a popular way to visit the monument in winter.

For cross country skiers, the Buck Prairie Nordic Ski Trails system is only 13 miles from Ashland and offers a well-marked trail system suitable for skiers of all levels. Views from high points on the system stretch from Mount Shasta in the south to Mount McLoughlin and the rim of Crater Lake in the north. Snowmobilers can access similar outstanding views on a diverse network of loop trails following unplowed roads through dense forests and open ridgetops. Families gather at the popular Table Mountain Winter Play Area near Hyatt Lake which contains a large tubing/sledding hill, warming hut and plowed parking.

A number of small bed-and- breakfasts and lodges in the immediate area are open in winter, or visitors can drive to Ashland, Medford or Klamath Falls for a complete array of visitor services.