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

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 Parkin 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. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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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Chris Alexakisparks