Washington State Parks offers free entrance days throughout the year, when the Discover Pass is not required to visit a Washington State Park. Note: A Discover Pass will still be required on these days to access lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
A Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks and recreation lands managed by the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR). One pass can be transferred between two vehicles.
The Discover Pass allows you to enjoy millions of acres of Washington state-managed recreation lands – including state parks, water-access points, heritage sites, wildlife and natural areas, trails and trailheads. Several Washington state parks are equipped with automated pay stations for visitors to purchase one-day and annual Discover Passes upon arriving at the park. Find other locations where you can buy the Discover Pass: discoverpass.wa.gov/133/Where-to-Buy.
2017 Washington State Parks Free Days*
- 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 — Spring 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 day
*Free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). Sno-Park permits are still required on free days at designated Sno-Parks during the winter season.
Across Washington State