How to Get a Free California State Park Pass With Your Library Card


Good news for library cardholders who also love the outdoors!

You can now view a “California State Library Parks Pass” at your local library. It will allow free entry of vehicles during the day in all participating parks.

Free passes allow entry to over 200 participating state parks. You can see which parks are not eligible here.

It’s part of a three-year pilot program in partnership with California State Parks and the First Partner’s Office.

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Through this program, each participating library will receive at least three hang tags per branch for payment. This also includes mobile libraries.

Passes will be available on a rolling basis through April and May for payment.

You will be able to check out the pass for a number of days allocated by your local library and then return it for others to use.

The pass is valid for entry of one passenger vehicle for up to nine people.

There are 1,184 public library buildings in California and more than 23 million Californians have library cards, according to the state.

“All Californians should have the opportunity to be outdoors in nature,” California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot wrote in a statement. “Yet many of our state’s residents live in communities that lack adequate parks and open spaces. This innovative new program will allow more Californians to explore our incredible state park system and, in doing so, create more equitable access to nature and the outdoors.”

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