There are the best days to enjoy Washington's parks without a Discover Pass

Dec 12 2019, 10:11 am

Every year, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission offers Washingtonians the chance to visit state parks on select days without a Discover Pass. In the coming year, Washington State Parks will offer twelve free days.

These free days apply only to day use, not overnight stays or rented facilities. A Discover Pass will still be required to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. This year, the 29th of November was the final Washington Parks free day of 2020.

 

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The Discover Pass is only necessary for motor vehicles and isn’t needed if you’re wanting to access the parks by boat or non-motorized means.

It was created in 2011 to offset steep reductions in general tax support for parks and other recreation lands and facilities. When you buy the pass, you’re helping to keep the state’s outdoor recreation sites open and accessible to the public.

There are two pass options: a $30 annual pass, good for one year from the date of purchase, or a $10 day pass.

 

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The 2020 State Parks free days are as follows:

  • January 1 – First Day Hikes; New Year’s Day
  • January 20 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • March 19 – State Park’s 107th Birthday
  • April 11 – Spring Day
  • April 22 – Earth Day
  • June 6 – National Trails Day (State Parks and Fish & Wildlife free day)
  • June 7 – Fishing Day (State Parks and Fish & Wildlife free day)
  • June 13 – National Get Outdoors Day
  • August 25 – National Park Service’s 104th Birthday
  • September 26 – National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 – Veterans Day
  • November 27 – Autumn Day