Skagit Power Tours

Skagit Power Tours
Program Series Skagit Tours
Instructors Institute staff
General Tuition (age 13+) $40.00
Senior Tuition (age 62+) $40.00

July 5 - September 14
Saturdays and Sundays

Experience the Skagit River Hydroelectric Project and North Cascades National Park up close by getting off the beaten path and going "behind-the-scenes."

The tour begins in the historic company town of Newhalem, where you will learn about the early days of the Skagit Project and visit the inside of the Gorge Powerhouse to learn firsthand how power generation works.

Then it's onward to the company town of Diablo for a catered lunch provided by Newhalem’s General Store.  After lunch, where we’ll visit the historic art deco lobby and viewing gallery of Diablo Powerhouse, an experience normally closed to the public. We’ll view the famous incline lift, which once carried entire train cars up the side of Sourdough Mountain.

Throughout the tour, we'll focus on the natural history, biodiversity and geology of the North Cascades, including stops at some of North Cascades National Park's breathtaking scenic vistas.

Each tour will be led by National Park Rangers and/or naturalist guides from Seattle City Light and the North Cascades Institute. Limited to 13 guests, these tours are highly personalized and very exclusive!

Not suitable for children 12 & under. For more information, call (360) 854-2589 or email

Field Guide to North Cascades Institute