What is the Discovery Tram Tour experience? How do the new electric trams compare to the older propane trams?
You’ll experience the wonder and awe of nature on our Discovery Tram Tours as you discover herds of bison, mountain goats, Roosevelt elk and other native Northwest animals as they roam freely through their 435-acre home. Our new electric trams offer up close, eye-level views of our majestic animals and panoramic views of beautiful meadows, forests, and lakes. They’re also more eco-efficient, with a smaller carbon footprint that helps protect wildlife and keeps our air clean.
How long is the Tram Tour?
Each Discovery Tram Tour is about 40 minutes long and travels through the 435-acre Free-Roaming Area of the wildlife park.
Do I have to pay extra for the Tram Tour?
No. Your Discovery Tram Tour is included with your membership or general admission to the park.
What animals will I see?
Our Free-Roaming Area is home to bison, mountain goats, Roosevelt elk, moose, bighorn sheep, caribou, deer, and other Northwest native animals.
Can I pet or feed the animals?
No, please do not touch or feed the animals at any time. Some of the animals in our Free-Roaming Area may walk close to the trams during the tour. Many of these animals have antlers and horns and can be dangerous. We want to ensure the health and safety of you and your guests, as well as the health and safety of our animals throughout your visit.
Are there restrooms available during the tour?
The tram tour has no restroom access, so please plan ahead. Restrooms are at our front entrance, next to the café, and near the grizzly bear habitat.
Can we bring food or beverages on the tram?
Food and beverages are prohibited on the tram. You can bring water on the tram in a reusable water bottle or other closed container.
Can I bring my car seat, stroller, or wagon on the tram? How about a cooler or large backpack?
Due to limited space, car seats, strollers, wagons, coolers, and other large items are not allowed on our trams. We have stroller/wagon parking at our new Tour Station. Please lock car seats, coolers, and other large items in your vehicle.
Will my wheelchair fit on the new trams?
Our new trams can accommodate conventional and electric wheelchairs up to 25 inches wide — the same width as our wheelchair rentals. When you check in at our admissions window, please let staff know if you or a guest accompanying you has a wheelchair.
Can I bring my service animal on the tram?
Northwest Trek is ADA-accessible, and we welcome individuals with disabilities and their service animals throughout the park, including on our trams. When you check in at our admissions window, please inform our staff that you have a service animal. Review our Service Animal Policy.
Do the new trams have air conditioning or heat?
Our trams do not have air conditioning, but you can open the windows. They do have heat for the cooler weather.
How fast does the tram go? Will it stop so I can take photos of the animals?
Our trams can travel up to 10 mph and will slow down to about 1 mph when passing animals so you can take photos. If you’re interested in taking more extensive photos of the animals, we encourage you to consider a Photo Tour.