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Northwest Trek caribou

Holiday road trip! Go see the caribou at Northwest Trek

They're a reindeer relative, and the park is decorated for the holidays.

The Northwest Trek caribou are out: This could be your Rudolph Road Trip.

Northwest Trek Wild Animal Park has happily announced that 10 caribou are visible in the Eatonville park’s 435-acre free-roaming area. (In past years they have gone out of sight this time of year.)

The Northwest Trek caribou are a close relative of the reindeer.

“The caribou are such mystical animals and it’s so great to be able to have so many of them out in the Free-Roaming Area this time of year for visitors to see,” said Dave Meadows, one of the keepers at NW Trek.

The park also is filled with decorations like evergreen gnomes, white pumpkin “snowmen,” giant snowflakes on trees, informative animal cutouts and poems placed around the park about animals and plants in partnership with the Tahoma Audubon Society.

Visitors can stay in their own vehicles for what is called the park’s Wild Drive offering, or jump into a park vehicle, complete with red note and antlers, for a Keeper Adventure Jeep Tour.

Northwest Trek is about a 1.5-hour drive from Seattle or Bellevue. Details here on hours, tour offerings, COVID protocols and more.


More holiday fun south of Seattle:

ZooLights at Point Defiance: a fun and safe outdoor festivity

Holiday Magic at Puyallup fairgrounds (limited ticket availability)

Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park




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Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 13-year-old girl.