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Get free admission to 40 California state parks on the second Saturday of the month

Waterfall at Big Basin Redwoods State Park
Photograph: Flickr/Christian Arballo

This weekend just got a whole lot better. On every second Saturday of the month for the rest of the year, forest-lovers will get free admission to 40 of California’s beautiful state parks. 

In addition to free vehicle parking, the Save the Redwoods League is offering 16,800 free day passes, with about 1,500 given out each month. The promotion is part of the 100th anniversary of the SF-based Save the Redwoods League, one of California’s oldest environmental group. 

The number of available passes varies by park, and when they run out, interested visitors will have to wait until the Monday after the second Saturday of each month to go online and reserve a free pass for the following month.

The passes can be used at popular parks like Big Basin Redwoods, Henry Cowell and Castle Rock in Santa Cruz County, Mount Tamalpais in Marin County and Butano State Park on the San Mateo Coast, Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park in Big Sur and even Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park just south of the Oregon border.

“We want to invite everybody in and make it as easy as we can for the people of California to be inspired by these spectacular forests and the parks that we helped preserve,” Sam Hodder, president of Save the Redwoods League, told the Mercury News

To obtain a free pass, visitors can go to