Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) will offer free entrance to state recreation lands on Thursday, Nov. 11, and Friday, Nov. 26.
On these days, visitors to Washington state lands will not need a Discover Pass to park. Discover Pass free days apply to all visitor parking on DNR and WDFW lands and in day-use areas at Washington state parks.
Nov. 11 honors Veterans Day, which is also a state and federal holiday. Friday, Nov. 26, is the day after Thanksgiving. The November dates are the final free days in 2021. The full list of designated free days for 2022 will be announced next month.
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.
The Discover Pass provides daytime access to state parks and day and overnight access to DNR and WDFW lands. When staying overnight, visitors are charged fees for accommodations and day access is included in the overnight camping fee.