SACRAMENTO, Calif.— California State Parks is honoring the service of U.S. veterans, as well as active and reserve personnel, by offering free admission to 132 select state parks on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2022.
“State Parks thanks our nation’s service members for their bravery, sacrifices and dedication in answering the call of duty,” said State Parks Director Armando Quintero. “We invite all military veterans – past and present – along with their families to visit state parks for free and enjoy the beauty of these public lands.”
Assembly Bill 150 (Olsen), signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2013, authorized California State Parks to offer veterans, active duty and reserve military personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard and the National Guard of any state a reduced fee or free day use at participating state parks.
Some of the participating park units include the California State Railroad Museum and Railtown 1897 State Historic Park along with state vehicular recreation areas such as Carnegie, Eastern Kern County Onyx Ranch, and Hungry Valley. A full list of the participating park units can be found online at parks.ca.gov/VeteransDay2022. In order to enter the park units for free, a valid military ID or a California driver’s license identifying the individual as a veteran must be shown to park staff.
The park units that honor historic military sites or veterans from the Mexican American War to the Cold War include:
- Angel Island State Park
- Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
- Fort Ross State Historic Park
- Fort Tejon State Historic Park
- Mount Diablo State Park
Visitors are advised to recreate responsibly, plan ahead and visit the webpage or social media account of their outdoor destination to find out what is open and what visitor guidelines are in effect. And remember to safely share the road. Be prepared for equestrians, pedestrians, joggers, wildlife, etc. on the roadways. For safety tips, please visit parks.ca.gov/SafetyTips.
California State Parks and the recreational programs supported by its divisions of Boating and Waterways, Historic Preservation and Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation provide the opportunity for families, friends, and communities to connect. Off-highway motor vehicle recreation, boating activities, horseback riding, cycling, hiking, camping, rock climbing, tours, hikes, school group enrichment, and special events are just some of the activities enjoyed in 279 park units organized into 21 field districts throughout the state. Learn more at www.parks.ca.gov.