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state parks are free 12 days in 2023

Two friends view the Palouse Hills from Steptoe Butte State Park. (Washington State Parks photo)

Washington State Parks are free on these 12 days in 2024

Plus, national parks have five free admissions days in 2024.

Free Days in the state parks in 2024

Monday, Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day and First Day Hikes
Monday, Jan. 15 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Saturday, March 9 – Billy Frank Jr.’s birthday
Tuesday, March 19 – Washington State Parks’ birthday
Monday, April 22 – Earth Day
Saturday, June 8 – National Get Outdoors Day
Wednesday, June 19 – Juneteenth
Saturday, Sept. 28 – National Public Lands Day
Thursday, Oct. 10 – World Mental Health Day
Monday, Nov. 11 – Veterans Day
Friday, Nov. 29 – Autumn 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 Department 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.

Also:  Washington State Parks has launched an online store from which you can order guidebooks, passes, art prints and other State Parks merchandise.

National Parks free days

In addition, the three national parks located in Washingon state have five free days for 2024, most of which overlap with the state parks free days:

January 16 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
April 22 – First Day of National Park Week
August 4 – Great American Outdoors Day
September 23 – National Public Lands Day
November 11 – Veterans Day


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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 15-year-old girl.