State Parks Free Days

State Parks “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass. The pass costs $30 for an annual pass or $10 for a one-day permit and is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources. The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 “free days” when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required on WDFW and DNR lands.

The 2017 State Parks free days are:


Jan. 1


First Day Hikes; New Year’s Day


Jan. 15-16 


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


March 19


State Park’s 104th birthday


April 15


Springtime free day


April 22


Earth Day


June 3


National Trails Day


June 10


National Get Outdoors Day


Aug. 25


National Park Service 101st Birthday


Sept. 30


National Public Lands Day


Nov. 11


Veterans Day


Nov. 24


Autumn free day