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.
2018 State Parks Free Days*
- Jan. 1 — First Day Hikes; New Year’s Day
- Jan. 15 — Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- March 19 — State Park’s 105th birthday
- April 14 — Spring day
- April 22 — Earth Day
- June 2 — National Trails Day
- June 9 — National Get Outdoors Day
- June 10 — Fishing Day
- Aug. 25 — National Park Service 102st Birthday
- Sept. 29 — National Public Lands Day
- Nov. 11 — Veterans Day
- Nov. 23 — 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