Wolf Administration Offers Hotline and Training Opportunities for Snowmobiling and ATV Enthusiasts

HARRISBURG, Pa. – With the arrival of winter weather across the state, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn is reminding snowmobiling enthusiasts that updated trail conditions for snowmobile and ATV riding enthusiasts are available by calling the department.

“If you are a Bucks County resident thinking about trailering snowmobiles to Potter County, you want to know what you’ll find when you get there,” Dunn said.

“Thanks to our ‘snowmobile hotlines,’ information on natural snow depth, trail conditions, and other key details are just a phone call away. Also tailored to geographic areas, DCNR’s website offers riders another source of vital information.”

Following the December 9 close of Pennsylvania’s regular deer hunting season, snowmobiling began Monday, December 11, and closes April 1, 2018, in state forests and parks where conditions permit.

This season, snowmobile riders in Pennsylvania’s state forests and parks have access to almost 3,000 miles of marked joint-use state forest roads, closed roads, and trails in 18 of the state’s 20 state forest districts and in 32 state parks.

Winter ATV trails stretching more than 170 miles in seven state forest districts also opened Monday, December 11.

DCNR is providing condition updates on its toll-free snowmobile hotlines, 1-877-SNOMBLE (1-877-766-6253); or 717-787-5651. Recorded messages, providing reports on snow depths and trail conditions across the state, are updated midday every Tuesday and Thursday. DCNR also provides weather and condition reports online for state parks and state forests.

Snowmobile enthusiasts are reminded bureau snowmobile maps are updated to reflect changes linked to gas-drilling operations and possible storm damage.

Additionally, the Bureau of Forestry’s ATV/Snowmobile Safety instructors will soon begin offering training to both adult and young riders. Effective January 1, 2018, the certified snowmobile and ATV instruction will be expanded beyond the former age limitation of under 16.

Snowmobile enthusiasts will find maps, conditions, and other detailed information at DCNR’s website.

All snowmobiles and ATVs in Pennsylvania must be registered with DCNR’s snowmobile/ATV Unit. For more information on registration, call toll free 866-545-2476 or visit DCNR’s website.

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