The first “free days” at all Washington State Parks will occur on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday (Jan. 14-16), and that is when the Discover Pass will not be required.
The “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass, a $30 annual or $10 one-day permit required on state-managed recreation lands managed by State Parks, state 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 only apply at state parks. A Discover Pass will still be required to access DFW and DNR lands.
Other State Parks “free days” are: March 18-19, in honor of Washington State Parks’ 99th birthday on March 19; June 9, National Get Outdoors Day; Sept. 29, National Public Lands Day; and Nov. 10-12, Veterans Day weekend.
There are more than 100 state parks and recreation programs statewide.