Free Military Vacation Pass at California Parks

Sonora, CA – To thank the military for their service with free admission to state parks on Memorial Day for service members, past and present.

California State Parks is honoring service veterans, serving military, and reserves, offering them free admission to participating parks on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30. A total of 133 parks will honor free admission this year, including state vehicle recreation areas and the California State Railroad Museum.

“To honor the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country, State Parks is offering military members free admission to some of the most amazing places in California’s state park system,” said the Director of California State Parks, Armando Quintero. “Thank you for your service.”

To enter participating state parks, members of the military must present valid military identification or proof of discharge other than dishonorable or improper conduct in order to receive free admission.

Park officials are anticipating large crowds this holiday weekend, one of the busiest of the year. As noted here, an uptick in COVID cases in the state has them reminding visitors to recreate responsibly. Before leaving home, visitors are advised to check the status of the parks they wish to visit for current restrictions and guidelines. Also, it is recommended to have a backup plan in case their destination gets crowded. For additional pandemic guidelines and safety information, click here. The key to an enjoyable holiday weekend is to recreate responsibly, and park officials provide these tips:

  • Know Before You Go – Before you leave home, check the state of the park unit you wish to visit for any restrictions and guidelines. Have a backup plan in case your destination is crowded.
  • Play it safe – Learn about precautions to take when exploring the outdoors, especially if this is your first visit to the State Park System.
  • Be Aware of Fire Dangers – Be aware of red flag warnings and campfire restrictions.
  • Wear a Life Jacket – Everyone should wear a properly fitted life jacket. Coastguard approved life jacket when you are in or near water. You never know when an accident may happen, and a life jacket can help save you until search and rescue help can arrive. In whitewater, even the strongest swimmers can be easily overwhelmed. The moment a person is struggling in the water, a rescue is extremely unlikely and puts the rescuer in danger.
  • Leave No Trace– Leave areas as you found them by staying on designated trails and packing up all trash. Do not disturb wildlife or plants.

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