Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park

Alaska

(907) 983-2921

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Overview

At Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, there are many diverse activities to undertake. Visit the local museums, participate in a guided tour of the Skagway Historic District, explore nature on the local trails, tour the Dyea townsite with a Ranger, or hike the Chilkoot Trail. Remember to bring your camera to record the great views! With many Ranger led activities as well as primitive camping and hiking, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park offers many options for the worldly traveler. Maybe you will strike gold!

Map of Klondike Gold Rush

Latitude, Longitude: 59.456440, -135.312710

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Activities

  • Camping

    Camping at the Dyea Campground. Reservations are not taken and campsites are available on a first come, first served basis.

  • Hiking

    The Chilkoot Trail is one of two main routes to the Klondike that originate in this area. The 33-mile-long Chilkoot Trail is accessible only on foot. It is a difficult hike and usually takes three to five days. The trail begins at the Taiya River bridge near the Dyea townsite and travels over the Chilkoot Pass to Lake Bennett.

    The trail is unmarked and not readily identified during the winter season. Route finding skills are essential. Carry a map and compass. Shelters are available at Finnegans, Canyon City, Sheep Camp, and Lindeman for preparing meals and warming up. Shelters may be used for overnight accommodation during the winter months, but must be shared with other users. Some shelters may have to be dug free of snow to gain access. Hikers should come prepared with tent or Bivy for emergency shelter. Allow sufficient time and energy to properly prepare camp upon arrival. There is a woodstove at each of these shelters, however wood may not be available. Carry extra clothing, food, fuel, matches, etc. Increased travel times and delays can be expected under certain weather conditions and white-outs.

  • Historic Sites

    You can explore the Mascot Saloon - an authentic 1910 saloon museum where you can almost hear the tinkling of the piano competing with the conversation of hopeful prospectors. Open daily early May through mid-September, 8 AM - 6 PM at Third and Broadway. It is also possible to visit the historic Moore House and Cabin to experience early homesteading in this lonely valley. Open daily, early May through mid-September, 10 AM to 5 PM at Fifth and Spring Streets.

    Ranger-led walking tours of the Skagway Historic District are also available from early May - late September, daily from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Free tickets are available at the Visitor Center at 2nd Avenue and Broadway. Walks are limited to 30 participants. Tours are given on a first-come, first-serve basis and last about 45 minutes.

Seasonality/Weather

The Visitor Center is open daily early May - late September and the Park Administrative Offices are open year-round, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Directions

Driving

Skagway is situated at the northernmost point of the Inside Passage in southeast Alaska. Located just 96 air miles north of Juneau and 110 highway miles south of Whitehorse, Canada, Skagway can be reached by land, sea or air.

Flying

Wings of Alaska, Air Excursions LLC, and Temsco Helicopters offer year-round travel by air into Skagway.

Public Transportation

The Skagway Municipal and Regional Transit SMART bus runs from the dock to town.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(907) 983-2921

Weather

(907) 983-2921

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