Grab a free Black Friday pass (before they’re gone) to one of 116 California parks

Humboldt Redwoods State Park near Weott is one of the sites where you can get a free pass to visit on Black Friday.
(Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times)

The best Black Friday deal around might well be far outside the mall. You can snag a free pass to one of 116 California state parks if you want to hike rather than shop on Nov. 25.

The conservation organization Save the Redwoods League teamed up with the California State Parks Foundation and California State Parks to offer free day-use passes — while they last — to parks around the state.

That means you can save $12 in parking fees at places like Will Rogers State Historic Park in Los Angeles and Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu on Black Friday.

Here’s how it works: Go to the #GreenFriday website and select a park you want to visit. Enter your email address and then print out a pass (based on availability) that you’ll need to display on your dashboard. The offer is limited to one pass per email, and it’s good for one day only (Black Friday).


Get outside on Black Friday and you can download a free pass to places like San Onofre State Beach, south of San Clemente.
Get outside on Black Friday and you can download a free pass to places like San Onofre State Beach, south of San Clemente.
(Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times )

Last year, 5,000 free passes to 48 redwood parks were given out in just four days. So if you want to make sure you get one, act now.

Sam Hodder, president and CEO of Save the Redwoods, says the idea is to get people to reclaim the day after Thanksgiving, making it about family and friends rather than the shopping scene.

“The hope is that people will explore a new park and that we’ll introduce this network of special places to people who haven’t been able to participate,” Hodder says.


There are 280 units managed by the state’s Department of Parks and Recreation; some are free.

For the second year, outdoor retailer REI plans to close all stores on Black Friday to encourage people to choose “outside over inside.”

Info: #GreenFriday



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4:30 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details. This article was originally published at 6 a.m.

Of the 116 parks, free passes for 22 parks are no longer available. Here’s a list of parks that still have day-use passes for Black Friday:

1. Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve (SNR)


2. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

3. Auburn State Recreation Area

4. Austin Creek State Recreation Area

5. Benbow State Recreation Area


6. Benicia State Recreation Area

7. Bethany Reservoir State Recreation Area

8. Bodie State Historic Park

9. Bolsa Chica State Beach


10. Border Field State Park

11. Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

12. Calaveras Big Trees State Park

13. California Citrus State Historic Park


14. Cardiff State Beach

15. Carlsbad State Beach

16. Carpinteria State Beach

17. Castle Crags State Park


18. Caswell Memorial State Park

19. Chino Hills State Park

20. Clear Lake State Park

21. Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park


22. Cuyamaca Rancho State Park

23. Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

24. Doheny State Beach

25. Donner Memorial State Park


26. Ed Z’berg Sugar Pine Point State Park

27. El Capitán State Beach

28. Emerald Bay State Park

29. Empire Mine State Historic Park


30. Folsom Lake Recreation Area

31. Folsom Powerhouse State Historic Park

32. Fort Ross State Historic Park

33. Fort Tejon State Historic Park


34. Gaviota State Park

35. George J. Hatfield State Recreation Area

36. Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park

37. Grover Hot Springs State Park


38. Hendy Woods State Park

39. Humboldt Redwoods State Park

40. Huntington State Beach

41. Indian Grinding Rock State Historic Park


42. Jack London State Historic Park

43. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

44. Kings Beach Recreation Area

45. La Puisima Mission State Historic Park


46. Lake Oroville State Recreation Area

47. Lake Perris State Recreation Area

48. Leo Carrillo State Park

49. Malakoff Diggins State Historic Park


50. Malibu Creek State Park

51. Malibu Lagoon Bay State Beach

52. Manresa State Beach

53. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park


54. McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park

55. McConnell State Recreation Area

56. Millerton Lake State Recreation Area

57. Mono Lake Tufa State Natural Reserve


58. Old Town San Diego State Historic Park

59. Pacheco State Park

60. Palomar Mountain State Park

61. Patrick’s Point State Park


62. Picacho State Recreation Area

63. Point Mugu State Park

64. Pomponio State Beach

65. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park


66. Red Rock Canyon State Park

67. Refugio State Beach

68. Richardson Grove State Park

69. Robert H. Meyer Memorial State Beach


70. Russian Gulch State Park

71. Saddleback Butte State Park

72. Salt Point State Park

73. Salton Sea State Recreation Area


74. San Buenaventura State Beach

75. San Clemente State Beach

76. San Elijo State Beach

77. San Gregorio State Beach


78. San Luis Reservoir State Recreation Area

79. San Onofre State Beach

80. Seacliff State Beach

81. Silver Strand State Beach


82. Silverwood Lake State Recreation Area

83. Sonoma State Historic Park

84. South Carlsbad State Beach

85. South Yuba River State Park


86. Standish-Hickey State Recreation Area

87. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

88. Sunset State Beach

89. Tijuana Estuary NP Point of Interest


90. Topanga State Park

91. Trione-Annadel State Park

92. Tule Elk State Natural Reserve

93. Van Damme State Park


94. Will Rogers State Historic Park