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Northwest Trek

A Unique Animal Park Located Just Outside of Tacoma


Northwest Trek

Northwest Trek

Kristin Kendle

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is a unique place to go if your kids (or you) are at all interested in Northwest wildlife. While the Point Defiance Zoo has open expanses for many of its animals, Northwest Trek is almost entirely open expanse. Most of the animals roam together here and are not confined by cages. The park is a great place to take your family, but can be enjoyable for adults as well.

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Drive East
Eatonville, WA 98328
Phone: 360.832.6117

Hours and Prices

Hours vary seasonally and entrance fees depend on age. Up-to-date information can be found here.

Discounts are available for groups and anyone who holds a park membership. Coupons are often available if you go to the Point Defiance Zoo and pay to enter there—not always, but often you will receive a discounted coupon for Northwest Trek. Also keep an eye out on local publications, Groupon, and other online coupon sites as deals on getting into the park are often out there during the summer.

Northwest Trek Wildlife Park Attractions and Events

By far, the coolest part of visiting Northwest Trek is taking a ride on the tram. When you enter the park, you are given a token for a tram tour as part of your admission. They will tell you where to line up and at what time. The tram is like a long bus with very large windows, and during warmer months, the window panes are removed. The tram will take you through the free-roaming area where all the non-carnivorous animals are free to roam. View bison, elk, moose, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, and more—all native to the Northwest. The park staff put animal feed near the tram so you will often see animals very close up!

There are also five miles of walking trails throughout Northwest Trek, and it is along these trails that you will see all the carnivorous animals and some smaller ones as well, safely living in enclosed areas. Bears, wolves, foxes, cougars, and others that just can’t play nice in the free-roaming area are here.

Also along the trails, you will often catch presentations about specific animals led by the animal keepers. The Baker Research Cabin is located on the trails and allows visitors to watch the wolves, foxes, and coyotes up close and provides some scientific exhibits, too.

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There are several ways to get to Northwest Trek depending on which direction you are coming from. From Tacoma, you can take Meridian or Pacific out to Eatonville and signs will guide you to the park. Because Northwest Trek is located quite a drive along surface streets, the quickest way to get there is to take 512 to the Eatonville/SR 161 exit. Take 161 (Meridian) for about 17 miles and Northwest Trek will be on your left.

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