November 5, 2023
Passes are available through your library now, and will be part of the library until June 30, 2024, so there's plenty of time to think about where you would like to go.
Any Branch of the Humboldt County Library.
Free, thanks to a partnership between the California State Library and the California State Parks.
A Free Pass to California State Parks, Check it Out Like a Book, for Up to 2 Weeks!
Sunday, November 5, 2023
Planning a family vacation, a hike with friends, or just in need of a quiet day in a wonderful place outdoors? Now you can check out a free pass for day-use at any of 200 participating California State Parks. The pass can be checked out for up to 2 weeks, and you can visit as many parks as you like. Then return the pass for others to use. Check one out like a book, any time it has 'check shelf' status. Or place a hold on a pass if it's checked out to someone else and you want to be in line for it. Find it by title in the library catalog, as 'California State Library Parks Pass'. Ask about a small pack of nature guides at the desk to check out with it if you like.
Check Out a California State Library Parks Pass
A Free Day-Use Pass for Your Car Full of People (or Just You)
The pass allows free day-use entry and parking for one vehicle that can hold nine people or less, or one highway-licensed motorcycle. The pass can be used at any of over 200 participating state park units. There are many nearby, including Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Patrick's Point, Fort Humboldt State Historical Park, and Benbow Lake State Recreation Area - for just a few examples! Visit as many parks as you like, or visit the same park over and over, until it's time to return your pass to the library.
To see a map that shows nearby California State Parks, click here.
California State Library Parks Pass
Here's What Else You Should Know - Not Every Park is Included
The pass is for California State Parks. It does not get you in free to parks that are operated by federal or local government or private agencies. For example, Redwood National Park, Yosemite National Park, and Joshua Tree National Park are all federal parks and are not included. A. W. Way County Park and Van Duzen County Park are Humboldt County parks and not included.
A few California State Park units are not included. To check a list of state park units that do not accept the pass click here.
The Pass is for Day Use Only
The free pass basically just lets you into the park. It allows parking for one vehicle, for day use, and is not valid for other fees. For example, if the place you visit also has a museum that charges a fee for each person to enter, or offers a tour for a fee, you would still have to pay for those things if you want to do them. The pass does not cover boat use, camping, group use or group sites, special events, additional/extra vehicle fees, sanitation disposal use, and so on. To read the full terms and conditions of the pass, click here.
The Pass Cannot be Renewed
You can check out one pass at a time. Enjoy your park visits, then return the pass by or before the due date so others can have a chance to use it. These passes will be in the library for 2 years, so there is plenty of time to take another trip later on.