Hike and camp at Tombstone Territorial Park

  • Plan your trip to Tombstone Territorial Park
  • Camping at Tombstone Territorial Park
  • Road-accessible hiking trails
  • ​Visit the Tombstone Interpretive Centre
  • ​Winter recreation in Tombstone Territorial Park

We are still camping during COVID-19. Learn more.


  1. Plan your trip to Tombstone Territorial Park

    About activities at Tombstone Territorial Park

    There are plenty of things to do and see for all ages, abilities and interests in Tombstone Territorial Park. Popular activities include:

    • Backcountry camping and hiking
    • Road-accessible camping
    • Road-accessible hiking and viewpoints
    • Wildlife viewing and birding
    • Winter recreational activities

    Know before you go

    Tombstone Territorial Park is located between kilometre 50 and kilometre 120 on the Dempster Highway. It's a remote park without food, gas, phone or Wi-Fi service. The nearest gas, food and lodging are in Dawson City located 110 kilometres away and Eagle Plains located 369 kilometres away. A gas cardlock is available at the junction of the Klondike and Dempster highways.

    Tombstone Territorial Park is a remote area with few established trails. Even for day hikes, prepare for rough terrain and drastic weather changes. Learn more about travelling safely in the Yukon wilderness and download Planning a Trip to Tombstone Territorial Park.

    Check the weather and road conditions

    There are no weather stations for Tombstone Territorial Park; however you can check the weather forecast for Mount Frank Rae (elevation 1,500 metres) and Environment Canada's current weather, warnings and forecast for the Dempster Highway (for conditions north of Eagle Plains, Dempster Highway km 446).

    You can find the current Dempster Highway road conditions at Yukon 511.

    Do I need a park permit?

    If you are a researcher, educational group, hosting a special event, accessing the park by air, or proposing commercial recreation, film, photography or journalism, you need a park permit.

    More trip planning resources

    This trip planning information is not exhaustive. We recommend you read Planning a trip to Tombstone Territorial Park and the Tombstone Territorial Park brochure and map.

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  2. Camping at Tombstone Territorial Park

    Road-accessible campgrounds

    You can camp at the road-accessible Tombstone Mountain campground with a camping permit. Standard fees and registration requirements apply.

    Backcountry camping

    Bear-resistant canisters are mandatory

    The Parks Branch approves the use of hard-shelled bear-resistant food canisters, not soft bags.

    Bear-resistant food canisters are mandatory for all backcountry travel to protect wildlife, you and your food supply. You must purchase or rent your own canister before you arrive in the park. 

    Register your backcountry trip

    All backcountry camping in Tombstone requires that you register at the Interpretive Centre, where you will receive your backcountry camping permit. 

    A reservation and fee of $18 per tent pad per night is required for the Grizzly Lake, Divide Lake and Talus Lake campgrounds.

    Grizzly Lake, Divide Lake and Talus Lake backcountry campgrounds 

    Book your campsite online

    You need to make an online reservation to secure sites at the 3 backcountry campgrounds in Tombstone Territorial Park. Early reservations are recommended to ensure availability.

    Online reservations for 2022 open:

    • January 5, 2022 at 9 a.m. Yukon time (UTC-7). 

    Online reservation

    Go to the online backcountry reservation system

    1. You can view maps and campsite availability without signing in. To reserve a campsite or view or change your reservation, you need to sign in or create a new account.
    2. Select the dates and campsites you want. 
      Note: you cannot reserve the Divide Lake or Talus Lake sites for your first night of camping because they are too far to reach on day 1.
    3. Pay by credit card to complete your reservation.
    4. Bring this with you to the Interpretive Centre where you will receive your backcountry camping permit.
    5. Reserving your backcountry trip does not initiate Search and Rescue. 

    See information about individual backcountry campgrounds:

    Tenting in these valleys is restricted to your reserved tent pads only.

    Hiking to backcountry campgrounds

    When hiking and camping in the park, visitors should adhere to leave no trace principles.

    Grizzly Lake Trail is the only maintained trail for accessing the backcountry area of the Grizzly Lake, Divide Lake and Talus Lake campgrounds. The trailhead is at km 58.6 of the Dempster Highway.  Before you begin your trip you and  all members of your party must watch our backcountry orientation video, either online before your arrival or at the Interpretive Centre.  You must also pre-arrange to purchase or rent a hard-shelled bear-resistant food canister.

    Backcountry skills you need

    Routes from Grizzly Lake to Divide Lake and Talus Lake, and all other off-trail areas of the park, require skills, experience and confidence with:

    • 1:50,000 topographical maps;
    • wilderness navigation and route-finding;
    • wilderness first aid;
    • safe and conscious impact travel; and
    • preparedness for all-weather conditions.

    Read Planning a Trip to Tombstone for detailed trail and route descriptions.

    Distance to backcountry campgrounds

    Grizzly Lake

    • Distances (1-way): 11.5 km from highway, 6 km from Divide Lake, 12.1 from Talus Lake
    • Hours: 7 to 10 hours from highway, 4 to 6 from Divide Lake, 7 to 10 from Talus Lake
    • Difficulty: Very difficult
    • Highway trailhead: km 58.5 on the Dempster Highway
    • 1st night reservations available: Yes

    Divide Lake

    • Distances (1-way): 6 km from Grizzly Lake, 6.1 from Talus Lake
    • Hours: 4 to 6 hours from Grizzly Lake, 3 to 4 hours from Talus Lake
    • Difficulty: Difficult to extreme from Grizzly Lake, moderate from Talus Lake
    • 1st night reservations available: No

    Talus Lake

    • Distance (1-way): 6.1 km from Divide Lake, 12.1 km from Grizzly Lake
    • Hours: 3 to 4 hours from Divide Lake, 7 to 10 hours from Grizzly Lake
    • Difficulty: Moderate from Divide Lake, difficult to extreme from Grizzly Lake
    • 1st night reservations available: No

  3. Road-accessible hiking trails

    Before you hike

    Tombstone Territorial Park is remote and there are few established trails. Hikers enjoying its incredible backcountry are responsible for their own safety and must respect the experience of other hikers. Even if you are planning on a day hike, you should:

    • prepare for rough terrain and drastic weather changes;
    • read the Into the Yukon Wilderness guide; and
    • check the status of trails, weather and wildlife sightings at the Tombstone Interpretive Centre.

    Trailheads

    The following hiking trails can be accessed from the Dempster Highway.

    Grizzly Creek to Mount Monolith Lookout

    • Trailhead: Km 58.5
    • Time (return): 2 to 4 hours
    • Distance (return): 6 km
    • Difficulty: Moderate to difficult
    • Download a trail map

    Beaver Pond Interpretive Trail

    • Trailhead: Km 71.5
    • Time (return): 1 hour
    • Distance (return): 1 km
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Accessibility: packed gravel surface and boardwalks intended for wheelchair-accessibility. Assistance may be required.

    Edge of the Arctic Interpretive Loop

    • Trailhead: Km 72
    • Time (return): 0.5 hours
    • Distance (return): 0.5 km
    • Difficulty: Easy
    • Download a trail map

    North Klondike River Trail

    • Trailhead: Km 72
    • Time (return): 1 to 2 hours
    • Distance (return): 3.2 km
    • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
    • Download a trail map

    Goldensides Mountain

    • Trailhead: Km 74.5
    • Time (return): 2 to 3 hours
    • Distance (return): 5 km
    • Difficulty: Moderate
    • Download a trail map

    Hart River Winter Road Trail

    • Trailhead: Km 78
    • Time (return): up to 6 hours
    • Distance (return): up to 19 km
    • Difficulty: Easy

  4. ​Visit the Tombstone Interpretive Centre

    Tombstone Interpretive Centre 

    The Tombstone Interpretive Centre is closed for the season. We will re-open in Spring 2022.

    About

    Located at km 71.5 on the Dempster Highway, the Tombstone Interpretive Centre is a 1.5-hour drive north of Dawson City. It's your first stop for adventures in Tombstone Territorial Park, providing information and services for park campers, hikers and visitors.

    The building itself was designed to withstand its harsh and remote northern environment, reduce its environmental impact, and maximize the energy from the sun. Interpretive displays celebrate the unique natural and cultural history of the area.  Please note that it is cash only at the Interpretive Centre.

    • Orientation and registration for areas outside Grizzly Lake, Divide Lake and Talus Lake.
    • Backcountry camping permits for all backcountry camping.
    • Fishing licences for sale.
    • Tombstone Territorial Park Hiking map for sale.
    • Outdoor information boards with wildlife sightings, bear safety, trail and highway conditions and daily events.
    • Wheelchair accessible toilets.
    • Weekly interpretive programs and special events.
    • Gift shop.
    • Friendly, knowledgeable staff.

    Note: There is no Wi-Fi, phone, food or gas at the Interpretive Centre. The nearest food or gas is in Dawson City and Eagle Plains. A gas cardlock is available at the junction of the Klondike and Dempster highways.

    Park events

    Search the event listings for updated information on events at Tombstone Territorial Park.

    For more information about the Tombstone Interpretive Centre or the park, contact us at tombstonecentre@gmail.com.

     


  5. ​Winter recreation in Tombstone Territorial Park

    The Tombstone Interpretive Centre and backcountry campgrounds are closed during the winter months.  However, the park offers basic services at Tombstone Mountain Campground so that people can enjoy camping, snowshoeing, dog sledding, skiing, snowmobiling and wildlife viewing in the park. Bring your own firewood and toilet paper.  Make sure you plan ahead to ensure your activities are safe and you will be self-sufficient. 

    Avalanche safety

    You are in mountain country. Avalanches occur regularly in the park. View the park avalanche terrain map and check weather and snow conditions for the period leading up to your trip. Visit the Yukon Avalanche Association for more information.

    Snowmobile use

    Most of the park is managed as Wildland Zone for non-motorized recreation to preserve the natural landscape and offer peaceful backcountry experiences.

    However, when snow is at least 30.5 cm over frozen ground and deep enough to protect the fragile ground cover, recreational snowmobiling is allowed in the ‘Recreational Snowmobile Use’ sub-zone. This includes North Klondike River basin and an area south of the Hart River Winter Road, as well as specific winter travel routes.

    See the Tombstone Territorial Park Management Plan for maps.


Contact 

For any questions about travelling in Tombstone Territorial Park, email yukon.parks@yukon.ca or phone: 867-993-7714 (Dawson), 867-667-5648 (Whitehorse) or toll free in the Yukon 1-800-661-0408, extension 5648.