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Three state parks have been nominated for Best Washington Attraction in the USA TODAY 10Best Reader's Choice Award: Cape Disappointment State Park, Iron Horse State Park Trail and Palouse Falls State Park. Check out the other nominees (just as a formality, not that you'll vote for anything but a state park, right?) and VOTE✔️: Voting ends Monday, July 3. Need some more prodding? Take a closer look at each of these parks: * Cape Disappointment: * Iron Horse State Park Trail: * Palouse Falls:
Enjoy these 13 seconds of zen while we remind you that #DaylightSavings starts at 2 a.m. Sunday, March 12. Set your clock ahead one hour. Video timelaspe of the Skagit River, taken from Rasar State Park by Amos Almy, parks interpretive specialist.

Stride on you crazy gliders!

It almost didn't happen but, in the end, determination and the Nordic skier spirit won out — with the help of a snowmobile.

Check out this article on the Spokane Langlauf Cross Country Ski Race — a 39-year tradition — held last weekend at Mount Spokane State Park.


Inspired to go for a glide yourself? Let's go! Start with a visit to the Washington State Parks Winter Recreation page to get everything you need for a great winter getaway!

#WAWinterRec #SnoParks #NordicSkiing #MtSpokane

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In its 39th year, the 10-kilometer Spokane Langlauf cross-country ski race was nearly derailed by a lack of snow and 11th-hour mechanical problems.


Hey! Guess what? It's snowing!

That's good news for winter sports enthusiasts. But it also can bring dangerous weather and road conditions and some temporary closures at your Washington state parks.


Kanaskat-Palmer State Park is currently closed due to icy conditions and Moran State Park is closing the road to Mount Constitution periodically. In addition, the Northwest Avalanche Center is reporting avalanche conditions in many popular winter recreation areas statewide.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO! Visit our alerts page for up-to-date information on your favorite parks destination. If you plan to head for the snow it is always good to check out the NWAC site.

#WAWinterRec #snow #NWAC #WAStateParks

Photo of hiker at Mount Constitution by Bjørn Giesenbauer

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Do you have your summer plans squared away?

We're hiring SENIOR PARK AIDES for non-permanent positions in state parks all over Washington. Many positions are available beginning April, May or June and go through September.

Love variety? As a Senior Park Aide you could be leading other park aides; greeting and helping campers and visitors; maintaining grounds and facilities; repairing trails and roads, and restrooms. You'll never be bored!


This recruitment is open until positions are filled.

Learn more and apply online:…/senior-park-aide-statewide…

#ParkJobs #WorkOutdoors #WaJobs

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Hi, campers! Planning a trip soon to Fort Townsend Historical State Park, near Port Townsend? Due to construction projects at the park, we must delay the opening of camping season from April 1 to May 1.

Many campgrounds will be reopening over the next couple of months. Find out when here: We also recommend checking our online Alert Center to get updates on possible changes to a park's status:

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We want to hear from you! Our planning team is holding two workshops later this month regarding the future of recreation and other land uses at Steptoe Battlefield and Steptoe Butte state park heritage sites. Both workshops are from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.:
• Monday, Feb. 26, in Colfax
• Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Rosalia

If you can't attend one of the workshops but would like to provide your input, we have a couple of ways for you to do that. Learn more here:

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RECREATION ALERT! This summer, the boat launch and parking area at Sequim Bay State Park will be closed while contractors replace the bulkhead and boat launch floats. We expect the work to begin around July 16 and possibly last through late October.

The campground will remain open during this time.

We recognize this closure occurs smack dab in the middle of the recreational crabbing season. But the timing for this in-water work is necessary to protect important salmon-rearin...g habitat and lessen potential harm to migrating salmonids.

If you plan to visit the park during this period, expect construction traffic and noise.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you. Once the project is complete, the boat launch will have new grounding floats and pilings and other improvements, the new bulkhead will be more habitat friendly and visitors will have improved access to the beach.

Several other boat launches are located in the area, including:

• John Wayne Marina. About a mile north of the park. (

• Port Williams, operated by Clallam County Parks. Located just outside the entrance to Sequim Bay. (

If you had a reservation at the park for this time frame, you will be notified about the upcoming construction work. If you haven’t heard from our reservations system, please contact:

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Staff from Riverside State Park and Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife will be sharing a booth at the Spokane Great Outdoors & Bike Expo Feb. 24 - 25 at the Spokane Convention Center. Stop by, say hello and get some inspiration for your next outdoor adventure! We'll be selling Discover Passes and Natural Investment Permits as well as handing out brochures, maps and giveaways for the kids!

See you there!

Magical Cama Beach, with its cozy cabins and great hall, is the perfect place to watch, learn and practice your dance moves!

Join Seattle’s 25-year ballroom dance team for a weekend of dancing and lessons March 9 and 10, at Cama Beach Historical State Park!

The USA Dance – Seattle Chapter Team Dancers are putting on two nights of lessons and dance performances. Got two left feet? No worries! Feel free to sit on the sidelines and watch the dancers!


Friday's dance is all about the Latin! Wear your Latin dance attire (or come as you are) for beginner to intermediate level lessons in tango and salsa.

On Saturday, the dances become more formal and elegant, with lessons in foxtrot and swing followed by dancing and performances by the Team Dancers.Tuxedos, black ties, sequined gowns are optional! Feel free to come as you are!

Consider making a weekend of it, and book one of the historical 1930's era cabins.The Cama Café offers locally sourced, delicious food, too.

Learn more:

cc: USA Dance - Seattle Chapter #1004 - Team Dancers

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Mar 9 - Mar 10Cama Beach Historical State Park | 1880 SW Camano Drive Camano Island, WA 98282

Look! Up in the sky...

It's not a bird or a plane — it's eastern Washington hang-gliding enthusiast Steve Baran. This week on our Adventure Awaits blog, Baran shares the story, stunning photos and videos of his recent frosty flights over Steptoe Butte State Park.

Discover a bird's-eye view of this unique Palouse region park, and be inspired to take a hike there to watch the gliders — or even become a certified hang-glider yourself!

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Steve Baran, a hang-gliding enthusiast from eastern Washington shared photos, video and story from his frosty flight over Steptoe Butte State Park in November 2017.

Love variety in a job? Want to work outdoors? Larrabee State Park is hiring a full-time, permanent PARK RANGER 1.

In addition to fulfilling the duties as a Limited Commissioned Law Enforcement Officer, Park Rangers also provide day-to-day customer service, supervise employees, perform routine maintenance, help protect and preserve natural and cultural resources and help ensure the safety of park visitors.

The deadline to apply for this position is Friday, Feb. 23. For more ...information and to apply, visit:…/park-ranger-1-larrabee-012…

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Some fun ideas for you procrastinating types!

Don’t fear, procrastinator. Instead of scrambling to find a table at an expensive and too-busy restaurant, why not take your Love Interest into the outdoors?

Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️ Did you meet your sweetheart in a Washington state park? Propose or get proposed to? Got married at a state park? We'd love to hear your story!


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We have quite a few openings for PARK RANGER 1 positions throughout the state. Some are permanent seasonal positions and others are non-permanent.

Park Rangers are a Limited Commission Law Enforcement Officer, but they're also entrusted to perform a wide range of duties: ensuring the stewardship of natural and cultural resources; working with the public; assisting with daily operations of parks; giving interpretive presentations and more.

Think you might be interested? Dea...dline to apply is Feb. 21. Learn more about the position, the parks that have openings and apply online here:…/park-ranger-1-seasonal-non…

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In our never-ending quest for the best snow conditions, we're moving the Feb. 17 and 24 Family-Friendly Snowshoe hikes to Crystal Springs Sno-Park.

Feb 10 - Feb 24Lake Easton State Park / Sno-Park. Exit 70 of I-90, Easton, WA

Great blog from a grad student who volunteers at Rockport State Park. She also was recently sworn in as a Junior Ranger by Amos Almy, parks interpretive specialist at Rockport.

Recently, M.Ed. graduate student Marissa Bluestein became a volunteer at Rockport State Park and earned her Junior Ranger badge:…/youre-never-too-old-to-… ~ learned some surprising things about the old growth forest here too!

Recently, graduate student Marissa Bluestein became a volunteer at Rockport State Park. She also earned her Junior Ranger badge and learned about old growth forest ecology. Below are her words on t…