If you’re looking to get your New Year off to the right start, choose to be active to start the year. Each year, many of the State Parks offer first day adventures for the public to take part in. Take a look at the options – how will you be active to start the year this year?
Hikes, bike rides, snowshoeing and more!
At least 42 state parks have scheduled staff-led hikes, self-guided hikes, dog strolls, cross-country ski trips and more for New Year’s Day.
State parks in every part of Washington will host free, family-friendly activities for you to join in. Jan. 1 marks the first free park day of 2022. Even better – visitors won’t need a Discover Pass to park on state recreation lands.
This summer you can add a little adventure to your State Park visit with a simple app. Adventure Lab is a free location-based digital treasure hunt for all ages. The app is designed similar to existing geocaching activities, and will guide you throughout 10 Washington state parks in Island county as you solve questions using physical features within the landscape. With this new kind of interactive experience, you can safely discover the world around you while touching only your mobile phone.
How do I participate?
All you need to do to participate is download the app onto your phone! Once in the app, you simply need to scroll down the lists of parks to find the one you’re visiting. Signing up is [...]
Excited to get out and enjoy State Parks again? In June you have three opportunities to do so for free! The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to enjoy three free days at state parks in June. On free days, visitors don’t need a Discover Pass for day-use visits by vehicle.
The first free day is Saturday, June 6, in recognition of National Trails Day. The next free day is Sunday, June 7, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) Free Fishing Weekend. A Discover Pass will not be required on WDFW or Washington State Park lands throughout the Free Fishing Weekend but will be required both days on lands managed by Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The third free day, Saturday, June 13, celebrates National Get Outdoors Day. Though most [...]
Perseid Meteor Shower overlooking Mount Rainier August 2nd
Watch the Perseid Meteor Shower from atop a mountain overlooking Mount Rainier! Hike up to Summit Lake at sunset, then watch the Meteor Shower light up the sky!
The Details: Hike 3 miles to the lake and summit the ridge to watch the show. Then descend in the dark at midnight (with headlamps and flashlights!).
Outdoor Family Movie Night August 3rd: Bridgeport State Park
Join park staff and volunteers as we dive into the life of the Columbia River Basin salmon. A staple for many centuries, the salmon has had profound effects on the richness of life in the entire Pacific Northwest.
WILD SKILLS Adventure: Crystal Mountain August 9th
Join us for a Wild Skills Adventure at Crystal Mountain Resort on Friday, August [...]
The summer is peak season for fun and informative events at the Washington State Parks. Below are just a few of the events in June. Check back on the state park’s calendar of events often for updated information!
State Parks Discover Pass Free Day
June 1, 2019, All Day
To celebrate National Trails Day, today is a State Parks “free day” when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Please note, free days apply only to day use (not overnight stays or rented facilities). A Discover Pass is still required to access lands managed by the Washington state departments of Natural Resources and Fish & Wildlife on these days.
State Parks Discover Pass Free Day
June 8, 2019, All Day
To celebrate National Get Outdoors Day, today is a State Parks “free day” when a [...]