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January 15, 2015 at 10:35 AM

Get in free to state and national parks for MLK Day (and here’s a list of free days for all of 2015)

Get a close-up view of Mount Rainier on Monday when the entry fee is waived at national parks. (photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

Get a close-up view of Mount Rainier on Monday when the entry fee is waived at national parks. Hoping for sledding? Sorry, the Paradise snow-play area doesn’t yet have sufficient snow. (photo by Erika Schultz / The Seattle Times)

You can get in free Monday to national parks across the nation, and to Washington State Parks on Sunday and Monday.

In honor of  Martin Luther King Jr. Day, this coming Monday, Jan. 19, the usual entrance fee is waived at all national parks, including Mount Rainier and Olympic. The customary entry fee is $15 per vehicle for a seven-day entry pass. (A proposed increase to $25 is pending for both Rainier and Olympic.)

At state parks, the customary Discover Pass will not be required for day-use visits on Sunday, Jan. 18, or Monday, Jan. 19. Discover Passes are normally required at $10 for one day or $30 for an annual pass.

At Mount Rainier, the Paradise snow-play area remains closed because of insufficient snow, and sledding and sliding is prohibited. Currently there is between 30 and 40 inches of snow at Paradise.  The park standard is that a minimum of 60 inches is needed to construct the snow-play runs and protect fragile alpine meadows.  There is sufficient snow for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Monday, the Henry M. Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise will be open, offering exhibits, a movie, information, gift shop and food services. Ranger-guided snowshoe walks will be conducted at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. starting from the visitor center.  Sign up at the information desk one hour in advance.  A $5 donation is asked, to defray the costs of providing and maintaining snowshoes.

Additional fee-free days for 2015 include:

National parks:

  • February 14-16, Presidents Day weekend
  • April 18-19, opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25, National Park Service birthday
  • September 26, National Public Lands Day
  • November 11, Veterans Day

Washington State Parks:

  • March 19 ,Washington State Parks’ 102nd birthday
  • April 4, springtime free Saturday
  • April 22,  Earth Day
  • May 10,  springtime free Sunday
  • June 6,  National Trails Day
  • June 13,  National Get Outdoors Day
  • August 25, National Park Service birthday
  • September 26, National Public Lands Day
  • November 11,  Veterans Day

 

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