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As the Spring weather is finally kicking in and the rain is subsiding, it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine. Northwest Trek Wildlife Park is just 30-45 minutes from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and offers a fun day outing with the kids. Unlike a regular zoo where you’ll see lions and elephants, Northwest Trek boasts animals local to the Pacific Northwest. You will get to see animals such as bears, lynx, eagles, otters, and more. 

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Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Drive East, Eatonville WA 98328
Closed Monday – Tuesday

There are two different ways to experience Northwest Trek: Wild Drive & the park itself. Wild Drive is NW Trek’s newest addition they added in 2020. Wild Drive offers the opportunity to drive through a free roam area of the park and see animals from the comfort of your own vehicle. Reservations are required for this experience. Wild drive tickets are $70-90 per vehicle for up to 8 people. This also includes admission into the park after your drive. You can read more and schedule a reservation for Wild Drive HERE.

The other way to experience Northwest Trek is by walking around the park itself. Tickets range from $10-25 per person depending on age. You can save money by purchasing your tickets online versus at the gate.
View more info and purchase tickets HERE.


At Northwest Trek you will be able to see the animals in their natural habitat. These are large enclosures so sometimes the animals may be sleeping or out of sight. Our favorites to see were the otters, racoon, and the wolverine. Also note that there is quite a bit of walking involved since the enclosures are large and spread out. There are, however, plenty of benches and picnic tables along the path. 

After you’ve walked around and seen all the animals you can let the kids get out energy at the playground. There is also a cafe where you can grab lunch or a snack. Patrons are allowed to bring in their own food and enjoy it at multiple pavilions and picnic tables inside the park.

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Other Day Trip Ideas from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)

Need other ideas for days trips from JBLM? We got you. Check out these fun family friendly adventures:

  1. Spring Fair at Washington State Fairgrounds
  2. Winter fun at Crystal Mountain Resort
  3. Day trip to see the Cherry Blossoms at the University of Washington in Seattle
  4. Visiting Rainier National Park in Winter
  5. Three of the best Local Coffee Shops to try around JBLM
  6. 5 of the best hikes in Washington near JBLM

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