On free days, visitors don’t need a Discover Pass for day-use visits by vehicle.
The first free day is Saturday, April 15—a springtime free day.
The next free day is Saturday, April 22, in honor of Earth Day.
The free days are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass.
The pass costs $30 for an annual pass or $10 for a one-day permit and is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
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 apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required on WDFW and DNR lands.
The remaining 2017 State Parks free days are as follows:
- June 3 (Saturday) — National Trails Day
- June 10 (Saturday) — National Get Outdoors Day
- Aug. 25 (Friday) — National Park Service 101st Birthday
- Sept. 30 (Saturday) — National Public Lands Day
- Nov. 11 (Saturday) — Veterans Day
- Nov. 24 (Friday) — Autumn free day