New Discover Pass free days honor Indigenous people, Black history, and mental health.
OLYMPIA - Nov. 10, 2021 - Washington State Parks has designated the free days in 2022 when visitors will not need a Discover Pass to park at state parks and on recreation lands managed by Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
In 2022, the Discover Pass free days are:
- 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
"These free day additions provide a renewed opportunity for all Washingtonians to reflect on the cultures and heritages that make our public lands so special," said Dr. John Scott, diversity, equity and inclusion director for Parks. "It's also a reflection of the state's continued progress and commitment toward creating a more diverse, equitable and inclusive experience for all who recreate in Washington's great outdoors."
About the Discover Pass State lands free days align with 2011 legislation that created the Discover Pass, which costs $30 to $35 annually, or $10 to $11.50 for a one-day visit, depending on point of purchase. The pass is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, WDFW and DNR. The Discover Pass legislation directed State Parks to designate up to 12 free days when the pass would not be required to visit state parks.