About the Discover Pass
The Discover Pass offers you access to nearly 3 million acres of state recreation lands in Washington, including:
State recreation lands offer amazing outdoor experiences on diverse landscapes including forests,
water trails, beaches, deserts, shrub-steppe, lakes, rivers, mountains and alpine meadows. Millions of
acres provide opportunities to enjoy a variety of recreation activities, including swimming, fishing,
geocaching, wildlife viewing, hunting, picnicking, paragliding, hiking, biking, wind surfing, rock
climbing, boating and more.
When you buy the Discover Pass, you are helping to keep these wonderful outdoor opportunities open
and accessible to the public.
Background on the Discover Pass
Washington state is an outdoor lover's dream, and public demand for outdoor recreation opportunities
on state lands continues to grow. However, the state's budget crisis makes it difficult to keep up with
this demand. Shrinking revenues makes it impossible for current taxes to maintain existing facilities,
let alone develop new ones
To ensure the public may continue to enjoy these recreation lands, the state must shift from relying
on tax revenue from the state General Fund to a user-pay approach to pay for recreation. The cost to
users is $30 for the annual Discover Pass or $10 for a one-day pass. Transaction and dealer fees may apply.
Three state agencies are working collaboratively to make sure you can enjoy some of the best that
Washington has to offer: Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission, Washington State Department
of Natural Resources and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.