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State Parks offer two free days in January

Visitors won't need a Discover Pass New Year's Day and Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday holiday

 

December 19, 2019

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See the stunning Vista House on a First Day Hike at Mount Spokane State Park.

OLYMPIA-The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer two free days in January, when visitors to state parks will not need a Discover Pass for day-use visits.

The first free day is Wednesday, Jan. 1, which gives visitors the opportunity to take part in a First Day Hike, a nationwide initiative that aims to get people outdoors on New Year's Day. This year, more than 40 hikes are planned at dozens of state parks all over Washington. More details are in a three-part series on the State Parks' blog,  http://www.adventureawaits.com.

The second free day is Monday, Jan. 20, in honor of the holiday celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday.

The Discover Pass legislation provided that State Parks could designate up to 12 free days each year when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. The Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by WDFW and DNR on these days.

Of note: The free days do not apply to Sno-Parks. During the winter season, December through March, visitors to Sno-Parks will need Sno-Park permits, which are available for purchase online or from vendors throughout the state. For more information about winter recreation permit requirements, visit: parks.state.wa.us/winter.

 

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