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7 Ways to Cool Off at Northwest Trek

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7 Ways to Cool Off at Northwest Trek
August 26, 2019

It’s that perfect time of year – summer in the Pacific Northwest. But if you’re looking for ways to cool off, look no further than Northwest Trek. Not only do we have animals that love to beat the heat (the moose swim in the lake, the grizzly cubs splash in the pool and the elk just hang out in the shade), we have plenty of tips for humans too!

Here are seven ways you can cool off this summer at Northwest Trek.

1. Feel the breeze on our Keeper Adventure Tour Jeep

keeper tour kids in jeepOur Keeper Adventure Tours get you off road and up close with bison, elk, moose and more. But in summer there’s a bonus: We take the soft sides off the Jeep, leaving the roof for shade and letting you feel that cool breeze in your face as our keepers take you around the Free-Roaming Area.


BOOK: Keeper Adventure Tours run 10:30am and 1pm daily through Sept. 30. Book here.


2. Let your hair blow on a tram

Tram going through trees with bisonOn our Discovery Tram Tours we take out the windows completely in summer.

Which means cool breezes off the lake to ruffle your hair – not to mention excellent photos of caribou, mountain goat kids, bighorn sheep and all our other Free-Roaming Area animals.



LEARN MORE: Discover our tram tours here. Free with park admission.


3. Zoom and glide on Zip Wild

Man on zipline aerial runway courseIf a Jeep breeze feels good, a zipline breeze feels even better! Soar through the shady forest canopy on our Zip Wild Deep Forest Challenge, with five different courses offering cool thrills for all ages and agility levels.


BOOK: Zip Wild is open 9am-4pm daily through Sept. 3, then 10am-3pm Sat-Sun through Sept. 29. Book here.


4. Choose a tree-lined path

Not all cool-downs have to be fast. Wander our paved paths under cool, shady evergreens to spot cougar, bears, wolves, birds and more – and don’t miss the bald eagles in our brand-new Eagle Passage. Pick up a map at the ticket window.


BOOK: Buy Northwest Trek tickets online and save. Book here.


5. Splash in the Kids’ Trek stream

boy in streamNeed a good splash? Bring your kids to the nature-based Kids’ Trek playground and they can splash to their heart’s delight in our constantly-flowing stream. It’s shallow enough to be safe for toddlers, but big enough to be fun for everyone – even you! Parent pro-tip: Bring dry clothes.


LEARN MORE: Explore Kids’ Trek here.


6. Picnic in the shade

Bringing a picnic lunch to Northwest Trek? We have a big shady picnic pavilion to give you a cool, comfy lunch break. Or grab an umbrella-ed patio table outside the café.


7. Cool off in the café

Our Forest Café doesn’t just have awesome burgers, pizza, waffle-cut fries and churros to die for. It’s also air-conditioned, making cooling off at lunch a breeze (no pun intended).


LEARN MORE: Find the café menu here.