The Trek Experience

A narrated tram tour of the free-roaming area allows you to see bison, Roosevelt elk, moose, mountain goats and other native animals, up close in their natural habitats. A self-guided walking tour along the paved trails in the core of the park provides the opportunity to see grizzly bears, wolves and more in naturalistic exhibits. The park is an easy drive from Tacoma and Seattle. It’s open year-round, with each season offering something new to experience!
Signature Tram Tour
Imagine riding a comfortable tram through 435 acres of meadows, woods, and lakes filled with native wildlife--bison, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and more--roaming freely across the land. Your tram driver is a knowledgeable and friendly naturalist who narrates the tour with fun animal facts and interesting stories about Northwest Trek. Every tram tour is different.
Walking Tour

Walk a paved path through the forest to see large predators such as grizzly bears, wolves, cougars and other native forest animals, all in naturalistic exhibits. The trail is wheelchair- and stroller-friendly. A limited number of wheelchairs and strollers are available for rent at the main office on a first-come first-served basis.

Animal Trailside Encounters

Get up close to a beaver, porcupine, skunk or other small animal with a keeper close by to share fun facts and answer your questions. View the schedule for Trailside Encounters.

Cheney Family Discovery Center

Discovering nature is fun for kids of all ages in this interactive environment. Try some crafts and hands-on activities, learn some fun facts about Northwest species and meet the park’s smallest critters: toads, snakes, and salamanders!

Baker Research Cabin

This representation of an old trapper’s cabin is all about conservation and research, including citizen science. Spy on animals from the kid-sized observation tunnel or use remote cameras to observe the foxes and coyotes.

Nature Trails

Experience the beautiful Northwest forest scenery on five miles of paved and primitive trails. Birds, deer, and other wildlife can sometimes be spotted here. Each trail is coded with a different icon, so following the right path is easy! A map is available at the trailhead.