Hike and camp at Tombstone Territorial Park

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

Camping is different during COVID-19. You need to be more self-contained. Learn how at camping during COVID-19.

  1. Plan your trip to Tombstone Territorial Park

    Tombstone Territorial Park and Tombstone Mountain Campground are open.

    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
    • Winter recreational activities
    • Wildlife viewing and birding

    Know before you go

    Tombstone Territorial Park is located between km 50 and km 120 on the Dempster Highway. It is a remote park without food, gas, phone or Wi-Fi service. The nearest gas, food and lodging are in Dawson City located 110 km away and Eagle Plains located 369 km 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 traveling safely in the Yukon wilderness and download Planning a Trip to Tombstone Territorial Park.

    Check the weather and road conditions

    We maintain 2 weather stations in the park. View the current and previous week of weather:

    See also: the weather forecast for Mount Frank Rae (elevation 1500 metres) and Environment Canada's current weather, warnings and forecast for the Dempster Highway.

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

    Do I need a park permit?

    If you are a commercial group, a commercial filmmaker or photographer, researcher, educational group, hosting a special event or will be accessing the park by air, 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 campgrounds

    Backcountry camping facilities in Tombstone Territorial Park are open.

    Book your campsite online

    You need to make an online reservation in order to secure a site at the 3 backcountry campgrounds in Tombstone Territorial Park. Early reservations are recommended to ensure availability. Online reservation are open for 2020.

    Online reservation

    Go to the online backcountry reservation system

    1. Go to the online backcountry reservation system.
      You can view maps and campsite availability without signing in. If you want 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 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. We will email you a reservation confirmation. Bring this with you on your hike as this is your camping permit.  

    See information about individual backcountry campgrounds:

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

    Camping outside backcountry campgrounds

    Backcountry camping outside of the Grizzly Lake, Divide Lake and Talus Lake zone is free.  Register your trip at the Tombstone Interpretive Centre between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

    Hiking to backcountry campsites

    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 of Tombstone Territorial Park. This includes access to the Grizzly, Talus and Divide lake campsites. The trailhead is at km 58.6 of the Dempster Highway.  Before you begin your trip you and your party must watch our Backcountry Orientation Video, either online before your arrival or at the Interpretive Centre.  You must also pre-arrange to either rent or purchase a bear-proof food canister.  Canisters are available to rent or purchase at several locations in Whitehorse (see Planning a Trip). They can also be purchased at M.E.C. or rented in Dawson from Klondike Experience.

    Backcountry skills you need

    Routes from Grizzly to Talus and Divide lakes, 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
    • preparation for all-weather conditions.

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

    Distance to backcountry campsites

    Grizzly Lake

    • Distances (one-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
    • First night reservations available: Yes

    Divide Lake

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

    Talus Lake

    • Distance (one-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
    • First 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): 1 to 3 hours
    • Distance (return): 3 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. Register your backcountry trip

    Bear-resistant food canisters are mandatory 

    Yukon Parks approves hard shell bear-resistant food canisters and not soft bags. These are mandatory for all backcountry travel to protect wildlife, you and your food supply. Purchase your own at mec.ca or rent in Dawson from Klondikeexperience.com or in Whitehorse from Coast Mountain Sports at cmsyukon.ca or Changing Gear at changinggear.ca.  

    Complete the orientation 

    Before registering your backcountry trip, you must complete the Tombstone Territorial Park orientation course, which includes a short video and quiz. Parks staff will be notified when you have completed the quiz.

    Orientation course instructions

    • Follow the link to the Tombstone Territorial Park orientation course.
    • Note: the course does not have full functionality in Internet Explorer. Use a different browser, like Chrome, Firefox or Safari.
    • Click the orange "enrol" button.
    • You will need to register for the YGLearn platform. Click "register" then enter your name, email and a password. Click the orange "sign up" button.
    • The page will reload. Click the orange "enrol" button again.
    • You can now start the course. Follow the link to start your first activity - the Tombstone orientation video.
    • After the video, you will complete a short quiz.

    How to register your backcountry trip

    • If you plan to stay at a the Grizzly, Talus or Divide Lake campgrounds, reserve your campsite online. This is your registration.  Book early to secure a spot.
    • If backcountry camping in other areas of the park register at the Tombstone Interpretive Centre between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. daily.
    • Reserving your backcountry trip does not initiate Search and Rescue.
  5. ​Visit the Tombstone Interpretive Centre

    Tombstone Interpretive Centre 

    The Tombstone Interpretive Centre is open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

    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, Divide and Talus Lakes.
    • 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.
    • 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 the Tombstone Interpretive Centre.

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

     

  6. ​Winter recreation in Tombstone Territorial Park

    Park services and facilities are closed during the winter, but visitors enjoy snowshoeing, dog sledding, skiing, snowmobiling and viewing wildlife in the park. Make sure you plan ahead to ensure your activities are safe and you will be self-sufficient. Though the backcountry campgrounds at Grizzly, Divide and Talus lakes are not maintained in winter, their outhouses and kitchen shelters may be usable.

    Avalanche safety

    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 15 to 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 traveling in Tombstone Territorial Park, email yukon.parks@gov.yk.ca or phone: 867-993-7714 (Dawson, May to October), 867-667-5648 (Whitehorse) or toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5648.