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.
Tram Tour

See bison, elk, moose, bighorn sheep, mountain goats and more from the comfort of heated, enclosed trams. The 50-minute, naturalist-guided tram tour winds through 435 acres of meadows, woods, and lakes filled with wildlife native to the Pacific Northwest.

Be the first to spot the bison herd. In the spring, scout a bighorn ewe and her kid in the meadows. Or in the fall, glimpse bull elk locking antlers as they tussle over a mate during the “rut” or breeding season. A knowledgeable and friendly naturalist narrates the tour with fun animal facts and interesting stories about the park.

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

Animals are the stars of these trailside presentations, led by keepers. Get up close to a beaver, porcupine, skunk or other small animal. Learn about where they live and what they eat. View the schedule for Trailside Encounters.

Cheney Family Discovery Center

Discovering nature is fun for kids of all ages in this interactive environment, which is home to some of the park’s smallest critters. Meet toads, snakes and salamanders. You can’t touch the living animals but you can enjoy hands-on activities from puppet play to touchable animal pelts.

Baker Research Cabin

This representation of an old trapper’s cabin is all about conservation and research including citizen science. Here you have the opportunity to spy on the wolf pack 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. Each trail is coded with a different icon so following the right path is easy. A map is available at the trailhead.