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Backcountry camping in Tombstone Park
Divide Lake Cook Platform, Tombstone Territorial Park - YG Photo
Camping permits for Grizzly, Divide and Talus lakes
From mid-June to mid-September, overnight camping reservations and permits are required to camp at Grizzly, Divide & Talus Lake backcountry camp sites. For 2016, these dates are June 25 to September 12. Early reservations online are recommended to ensure availability.
Backcountry campgrounds offer tent pads, an outhouse and a small cooking platform. There are 10 tent pads at each lake.
Backcountry camping reservations
The reservation system will open January 4, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. Pacific time.
Reservations can be made for backcountry tent pads using the on-line registration system. If available, they can also be booked and paid for in person, CASH ONLY, at the Tombstone Interpretive Centre on a first-come, first-served basis. Camping off the tent pads at these sites is not permitted.
Planning a trip?
If you are planning a trip into the park, please download and review this information packet (4 MB), which includes hiking, camping, permitting, and safety information, tips and further resources.
Impacts to the park
Increasing numbers of visitors to Tombstone Territorial Park have increased stress on the natural resources at the lakes in the backcountry. Visitor satisfaction has also been impacted by more crowded campsites. In light of this, each pad can accommodate one tent with a maximum of three people
The backcountry camping permit and registration system helps reduce impacts on the natural and cultural resources of these vulnerable backcountry areas while enhancing visitor experiences in the park.
Questions? Contact us
If you have any questions or concerns call Yukon Parks in Whitehorse at 867-667-5648, toll free (in Yukon) 1-800-661-0408, ext. 5648.
Permits and orientation
Backcountry campsites cost $12.00 per tent. Sites at Grizzly, Divide and Talus lakes are limited and must be booked in advance. Annual camping permits cannot be used to pay for backcountry campgrounds.
- Pick up permits at the Tombstone Interpretive Centre.
- Bring your reservation with you. This is your confirmation of your booking.
- Permit pick-up and mandatory orientations are at 9:00am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 4:00 pm daily at the interpretive centre.
Reservation and cancellation Policy
Reservations must be booked at least 3 days in advance.
Cancellations can be made up to 21 days (3 weeks) prior to your booking date for a 75% refund. If you cancel your reservation after this window there will be no refund and your space will become available for other campers.
It’s important to arrive early on the day of your booking. Your spot will be held until 1:00 p.m. on the day you are scheduled to arrive. After 1:00 p.m. your booking will be forfeited and your spot(s) will become available for walk-ons.
Note: Due to the remoteness of the park it is often difficult to get in touch with staff on site. If you anticipate missing a deadline, be sure to call to make arrangements the day before your booking.
Backcountry camping rules
The following rules are in place to ensure the protection of the delicate ecosystem, and the safety and enjoyment of others.
- Each permit allows the use of one tent pad for one night
- Camping is limited to 3 consecutive nights at any one of the 3 campsites
- Bear-proof food canisters are mandatory and are available at Tombstone Interpretive Centre for a refundable $60 deposit.
- Dogs must be on a leash and under control
- Fires are not permitted
- At Grizzly, Talus and Divide lakes, camping is only permitted on designated tent pads
- Stay on designated trails
- Planning a Trip to Tombstone Territorial Park4 MB
- Tombstone Territorial Park Brochure and Map
- The Dempster Highway Travelogue
- Tombstone Territorial Park Management Plan 8.7 MB
- yourYukon Column - Interpreting the Tombstones
- Yukon Travel Smart Information
Contact Yukon Parks
Phone: 867-993-7714 (April - October only)
Park Officers: 867-993-7899
Address: Box 600, Dawson City, Yukon
Canada Y0B 1G0
Tombstone Interpretive Office
Main Office - Whitehorse