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Stories tagged: washington state parks

Ring in the New Year with an outdoors adventure near Spokane

The year 2020 is already off to a good start. That’s because the popular First Day Hikes offerings have substantially expanded.

Washington parks debuts new website

The Washington State Parks Foundation has launched a new website at

Spokane’s Riverside State Park adds two cabins near Bowl and Pitcher

Starting next week, visitors to Riverside State Park will have new (and cushier) sleeping options.

Washington State Parks announces 2019 free days

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission will offer 12 free days next year. On free days, visitors won’t need a Discover Pass to visit state parks by vehicle.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 8, 2018

State Parks releases ADA recreation map

Washington State Parks launched an interactive online recreation map specifically developed for people with disabilities Thursday.

Get out! No Discover Pass needed Saturday

No Discover Pass is needed on Washington State Park lands Saturday. The free day is in honor of the National Park Services’ 102nd birthday.

UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018

Palouse Falls reopened Tuesday morning after recent drowning death

Palouse Falls State Park was reopened Tuesday morning after being closed for several days.

National Public Lands Day an opportunity to visit state parks for free

On Saturday, National Public Lands Day, a Discover Pass won’t be required to visit state parks.

The John Wayne Pioneer Trail on track for a state park strategic plan

The John Wayne Pioneer Trail – the eastern portion of a cross-state abandoned Milwaukee railway purchased by the state in 1981 – is on track for a state park strategic …

Loose dogs growing issue at Mount Spokane

I go hiking at state parks prepared for the possibility of getting charged by a moose. I’m OK with that. But I have a right to be safe from a …

Field reports: Grizzly researchers near Sullivan Lake

CRITTERS – Federal grizzly bear researchers are working near the Salmo-Priest Wilderness to trap and fit GPS collars on grizzly bears. The researchers also are trying to get DNA samples …

Agreement cuts future parking, visitor fees on Centennial Trail

Centennial Trail users in Spokane, Spokane Valley and parts of unincorporated Spokane County will not pay any future parking or visitor fees under a new trail maintenance agreement finalized Tuesday. …

Out & about: Roskelley keynotes State Park Foundation meeting

OUTHEAR – John Roskelley, a Spokane mountaineer and former county commissioner, will be the keynote speaker at the first annual meeting of the Riverside State Park Foundation, The public …

Spokane Langlauf laced with nordic tradition

The region’s biggest cross-country skiing event of the season – a race or a tour, depending on how you want to ski it – is set for Feb. 9 at …

Washington state parks won’t be self-sufficient, report says

EVERETT – Four years ago, Washington lawmakers set out to make the state parks system self-sufficient, surviving on visitor fees alone. A new report says it’s not going to happen.

Sales of Discover Pass for parks soar

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A new report shows revenue collected from sales of the Discover Pass was nearly $1 million higher than the year before.

Riverside Park names top volunteer

Timothy Woods jokingly admits that his career as a volunteer for Riverside State Park began for purely selfish reasons: to keep the Centennial Trail free of pinecones and pine needles …

Signs of state parks’ neglect reflect years of cuts

SEATTLE – As Washington state’s park system enters its 100th year, budget cuts have begun to take a heavy toll. Many of Washington’s 117 parks, 700 historic buildings and 33 …

Landers: Outdoors issues hot topic in Olympia

Issues from the great outdoors are trying to see the light of day in the 2013 Washington Legislature. Wolf reintroduction and the cash-poor state parks are issues likely to generate …

Landers: Outdoors issues hot topic in Olympia

Issues from the great outdoors are trying to see the light of day in the 2013 Washington Legislature. Wolf reintroduction and the cash-poor state parks are issues likely to generate …

Out & About: Area sport trails examine fat biking

OUTPEDAL – The Methow Valley Sport Trails Association is opening portions of its 120-mile groomed nordic trail system to bicycles. Skiers headed out on a few trails with enough snow …

New groomer gears up to tackle Mount Spokane’s nordic trail system

Big, broad, sweeping changes are in store for cross-country skiers heading to Mount Spokane State Park this season. Existing nordic skiing trails have been widened to accommodate a new, more …

Out & About: Mount Spokane cyclists surveyed

Great family outdoor trips Some local families went on normal summer vacations in 2012. Others went the extra mile.

Field reports: New website details potential wildlife lands

PUBLIC LAND – The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife unveiled a website,, this week detailing a wish list of properties the state may buy for fish and wildlife …

Mount Spokane gets $300,000 for new nordic ski trail groomer

Washington’s Winter Recreation Advisory Committee has approved $300,000 to purchase a larger snowcat groomer to maintain the 30 kilometers of nordic trails at Mount Spokane State Park. George Momany, the …

Landers: America’s Boating Course worth taking

Starting this year, residents 40 years old or younger must carry a Washington State Boater Education Card while operating a powerboat in state waters. It’s safe to say the requirement …

State parks’ pass is on ice for weekend, so you’re free to frolic

Washington State Parks began charging for access last year after millions of dollars in budget cuts, but access is free this weekend. “I think it’s perfect,” said Amanda Haan, who …

Field reports: State Parks staff to be cut 30 percent

PUBLIC LANDS – Nearly a third of Washington’s year-round state parks staffers are being notified this week they likely will be laid off as a result of lagging sales of …

Parks staffing in flux as shortfall forces cuts

Riverside and Mount Spokane state parks likely will be combined and full-time employees reduced by about 40 percent as Washington State Parks officials scramble to slash the agency’s spending. A …

Cash-strapped state parks banking on Discover Pass, new approach

The Washington State Parks system, the fourth oldest in the nation, is at a brink of uncertainty in the state’s lingering budget crisis. After 98 years, officials are looking at …