Anyone who has visited a California redwood park knows well the sense of grandeur sharing space with these majestic trees brings.
Now there is added incentive to get out and enjoy these trees, the tallest in the world - free vehicle admission to 40 of California's redwood state parks, every second Saturday of the month, starting January 13, 2018. This is part of the celebration of the Save the Redwoods League, one of the oldest environmental groups in California, celebrating its 100th year.
However, it's not quite as simple as driving up to an entrance gate and having a fee waived. One must go online to FreeRedwoodsDays.org and download a pass to one of 40 specific California state redwood parks. Between 1300 and 1700 passes will be made available each month. These passes must be printed out and handed to staff at the park entry.
This popular program is sold out for January, so plan early and go to FreeRedwoodsDays.org beginning at 8:00 AM on Monday, January 15 to request your pass for the following month, Saturday February 10.
Whether or not you have free park admission, a visit to a redwood park is a not-to-be-missed experience. My favorite time to visit: during the rainy months, when water is running, the ferns are brilliantly green, and the quiet of the forest is soothing to the spirit.