State Parks offers two ‘free’ days in June

Pictured is Washington State Park Beacon Rock. The Beacon Rock trail was recently re-opened after incurring damage from a storm this past winter.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two “free days” next month: Saturday, June 4, recognition of National Trails Day and Saturday, June 11, National Get Outdoors Day.

Visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use visits to state parks on these dates.

The “free days” are in keeping with legislation that created the Discover Pass. The pass costs $30 for an annual pass or $10 for a one-day permit and is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Department of Natural Resources.

The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 “free days” when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The free days apply only at state parks; the Discover Pass is still required on WDFW and DNR lands.

The remaining 2016 State Parks free days are:

• Aug. 25 – (Thursday) National Park Service’s 100th birthday.

• Sept. 24 – (Saturday) National Public Lands Day.

• Nov. 11 – (Friday) Veterans Day.

The Discover Pass provides daytime access to parks. Overnight visitors in state parks are charged fees for camping and other overnight accommodations, and day access is included in the overnight fee. For information about the Discover Pass, visit www.Discover

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