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2016 Free Entrance Days in National Parks + Washington State Parks | Mt Rainier National Park, Olympic National Park

Rainier National Park

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Washington’s National Parks & State Parks will be fee free on Monday, January 18! It’s one of many free-free days in 2016, so mark your calendars!

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From press release:
Free Entrance Days in the National ParksFree National Parks Days 2016
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The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and we want everyone to join the party! On 16 days in ’16, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free* dates in 2016:

  • January 18
    Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16-24
    opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25-28
    National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24
    National Public Lands Day
  • November 11
    Veterans Day

Only 133 of our country’s 401 national parks usually charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit!

Mt Rainier National Park

Ascending to 14,410 feet above sea level, Mount Rainier stands as an icon in the Washington landscape. An active volcano, Mount Rainier is the most glaciated peak in the contiguous U.S.A., spawning six major rivers. Subalpine wildflower meadows ring the icy volcano while ancient forest cloaks Mount Rainier’s lower slopes. Wildlife abounds in the park’s ecosystems. A lifetime of discovery awaits.

Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park is a land of beauty and variety. A day’s exploration can take you from breathtaking mountain vistas with meadows of wildflowers to colorful ocean tidepools. Nestled in the valleys are some of the largest remnants of ancient forests left in the country. Olympic is like three magical parks in one. Take some time to explore its many faces!


Washington State Parks 2016 Discover Pass Free Days
More info:
List of State Parks:

Washington State Parks offers several “free days” when a Discover Pass is not required to visit a state park. Following are 2016 free days:


  • Martin Luther King, Jr. day (January)
  • Washington State Parks Birthday (March)
  • Earth Day (April)
  • National Trails Day and WDFW Free Fishing Weekend (June)
  • National Get Outdoors Day (June)

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. Sno-Park permits are still required on free days at designated Sno-Parks during the winter season.


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