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Northwest Trek Wildlife Park

Parent Category: Kid’s fun
Created: 17 January 2014

11610 Clay City Rd, Eatonville, WA 98328, United States


(360) 832-6117





Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is a 72-acre park which is situated in an hour drive from Seattle. It’s not a usual zoo; it’s a wildlife area which is located in the forests near Mount Rainier. Here visitors can encounter more than 200 animals from North America. All of these animals live in the park among the great natural beauty of the lakes, streams, forests and meadows.

There are several ways to explore Northwest Trek Wildlife Park. The first one is the Tram tour and the second one is the Walking tour. To tell you the truth, it’s difficult to say which of them is better. Both ways of park exploration give different perspectives of the park and different ways of enjoying the wildlife.

The Tram tour usually lasts for 50-55 minutes and takes you around 435-acre territory. In these open-air trams visitors of the park are taken into the middle of wildlife. Each of these tours are led by professional naturalists that know everything about this park, its’ history and, of course, about the animals that live here. During this Tram tour visitors enjoy animals that wander in the forests or rest on the sunny meadows. Very often wild animals come too close to the tram, so you can enjoy them from a very close distance.

It should be also said that during a tram ride visitors will enjoy bison, woodland caribou and Roosevelt elk. It is really unusual and great that you can enjoy watching the wild animals from a comfortable sit of the tram.

The Walking tour gives you totally different opportunities and different experience. Paved walking trails lead visitors around a special area in the park where you may enjoy coyotes, cougars, foxes, grizzly bears, bald eagles, porcupines, etc. Not so often visitors may see the lynx and the bobcat. It should be said that this Walking tour is great for the kids, the paths are really comfortable and, what’s more important, you can even rent a stroller for your small kids just on the territory of the park.

For those who love extreme there is one more way to explore the park – a new zip line! Visitors fly above the animals and enjoy them from above!

The park got its beginning when in 1971 David and Connie Hellyer donated the land. Nowadays the park is home for over 30 species and more than 200 animals. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park offers interactive learning opportunities to its young visitors, these lessons are conducted by Cheney Children's Discovery Center, as well as the Baker Research Cabin offers hands-on activities for children of different ages.

All the year round the park offers interesting programs and events. Be sure to check the official web-site for more information on the events that will take place in the park nwtrek.org

These pictures were taken in 2014

These pictures were taken on August 28, 2017


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Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Pavlo Petryshyn, Juliana Voitsikhovska

Information: Marina Petrova

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