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Washington State Parks are free on these 12 days in 2022

Enjoy one of our state's beautiful places without paying the usual fee.

State parks free days 2021, update May 24:

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has added Juneteenth as a Discover Pass free day.

It normally costs $10 a day or $30 a year to use Washington’s more than 100 state parks. However, the law that established that fee (the money helps to maintain the parks) also mandated the creation of 12 days a year when no fee would be charged.

And here are the free days for 2022, with a couple of changes from the traditional schedule:

Billy Frank Jr.’s birthday has been added in March to honor Frank, an environmental activist and former chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission who died in 2014. Juneteenth and World Mental Health Day (Oct. 10) also have been added. In addition, Friday, Nov. 25 will be formally recognized as Native American Heritage Day.

[Related: Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually wildlife refuge is a great place for a walk with kids ]

2022 free days in Washington state parks

Saturday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day
Monday, Jan. 17 – Martin Luther King Day
Wednesday, March 9 – Billy Frank Jr.’s birthday
Saturday, March 19 – Washington State Parks’ birthday
Friday, April 22 – Earth Day
Saturday, June 11 – National Get Outdoors Day
Sunday, June 12 – Free Fishing Weekend
Sunday, June 19 – Juneteenth
Saturday, Sept. 24 – National Public Lands Day
Monday, Oct. 10 – World Mental Health Day
Friday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day
Friday, Nov. 25 – Native American Heritage Day

A couple of things to keep in mind: The free days do not apply to Sno-Parks, for which a separate Sno-Park permit is needed. Also, lands managed by the Washington departments of Natural Resources (DNR) and Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) are not free on those days. Here’s more on what the Discover Pass does cover and how to get one.

Note: Published December 2020

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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 13-year-old girl.