Washington State Parks announced the free days of 2022 when guests can visit the state parks in Washington for free.

On the following days, guests are not required to present or pay for a Discover Pass (usally costs $30 to $35 annually or $10 to $11.50 for day-use passes):

  • 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


Please note the following:

  • Free days do not apply to Sno-Parks.
  • From November to April, Sno-Park visitors need a Sno-Park permit, which can be purchased at parks.state.was.us/winter.
  • New this year, Billy Frank Jr.’s birthday, Juneteenth and World Mental Health Day will replace the previously recognized springtime day (first Saturday in April), National Trails Day (first Saturday in June) and National Park Service birthday (Aug. 25).
  • In addition, Friday, Nov. 25, will be formally recognized as Native American Heritage Day.
  • On Jan. 1, state parks interpretive specialists will hold a free tour of Lewis and Clark State Park. To attend, park across Jackson Highway and walk up to the cabin past the entrance.