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 and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. In 2022, the Discover Pass free days are:

Saturday, Jan. 1 — New Year’s Day

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

Billy Frank Jr.’s birthday, Juneteenth and World Mental Health Day will replace the previously recognized springtime day (first Saturday in April), National Trails Day (first Saturday in June) and National Park Service birthday (Aug. 25).

Billy Frank Jr. (1931-2014) was an environmental activist and former chair of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission. His lifelong dedication to protecting endangered salmon and restoring justice for the Nisqually Tribe helped shape Washington’s environmental laws and expanded treaty rights for Native Americans nationwide. He was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

Juneteenth has been celebrated in Black communities since June 19, 1865, when enslaved people in Texas learned they were free. The news reached them two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. This year, Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed Juneteenth a state holiday beginning in 2022. Last June state lands made it a free day for the first time.

World Mental Health Day was designated a free day to acknowledge the power of nature to restore mental health.

The free days do not apply to Sno-Parks. During the winter season, November through April, visitors to Sno-Parks will need Sno-Park permits. For more information visit parks.state.wa.us/winter.