Washington Discover Pass Free Days 2024

by Chad Hultz

When visiting lands governed by the Washington State Parks, Department of Natural Resources, or Fish and Wildlife, a Discover Pass isn't necessary. However, this exemption is only applicable on designated free days and pertains exclusively to daytime parking. All other charges remain in effect.

Jan 1 — First Day Hikes; New Year’s Day

Jan 15 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day

March 9 — Billy Frank Junior's Birthday

March 19 — State Parks’ 111th Birthday

April 22 — Earth Day

June 8 — National Get Outdoors Day

June 9 — Free Fishing Day

June 19 — Juneteenth

Sept 28 — National Public Lands Day

Oct 10 — World Mental Health Day

Nov 11 — Veterans Day

Nov 29 — Autumn Day

It's crucial to note that despite these free days, a Sno-Park permit is still a requirement for all Sno-Parks between the 1st of November and the 31st of March. This permit is obligatory regardless of whether it's a free day or not. So, even while enjoying free day benefits, remember to secure your Sno-Park permit for a hassle-free outdoor experience. More information about the Winter Recreation and the allocation of the fees can be found on our website.

More information about Washington’s Discovery Pass

Supporting the preservation and maintenance of Washington's beautiful parks is made possible through the purchase of a Discover Pass. Not only does it contribute to the upkeep of these natural treasures, but it also presents an exceptional value for frequent visitors.

The Discover Pass obligatory for parking at all Washington State Parks and lands under the purview of the Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The annual pass is priced at $30 while a single-day pass costs $10, though additional transaction fees may be applicable. Each pass can be shared between two vehicles, but is only valid for one at a time.

Certain exceptions and reductions apply to the Discover Pass requirements. For instance, overnight guests at our state parks are exempt from needing a Discover Pass for parking at the park they are lodging in. However, should they visit other state parks or lands administered by the WDFW or DNR, a Discover Pass would be necessary.

Although no discounts are available for the Discover Pass, Washington State Parks provides concessionary passes for disabled veterans, foster parents, low-income seniors, and disabled individuals who are residents of Washington State. This pass is valid for state parks, but a Discover Pass is still needed for lands managed by the WDFW and DNR.

Lastly, those with a permanent disability parking placard, as issued by the Department of Licensing, qualify for free parking in Washington State Parks. However, to access lands under the management of WDFW and DNR, a Discover Pass is still required.