Tombstone backcountry camping and hiking

Divide Lake Cook Platform

Divide Lake cook platform, Tombstone Territorial Park - YG Photo


Backcountry campsites and routes


From late-June to mid-September, overnight reservations and permits are required to camp at Grizzly, Divide and Talus lakes backcountry campsites. For 2018, dates are June 29th through September 16th, subject to terrain, wildlife and weather conditions. Refunds are not provided for area closures due to natural events. 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 of the three lakes.


Grizzly Lake Trail is the only maintained trail meant for accessing the backcountry of Tombstone Territorial Park. The trailhead is at 58.6 of the Dempster Highway.

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

For trail and route descriptions, download the Planning a Trip to Tombstone information package. Information on roadside facilities, day hikes and a trail report can be found here.

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Backcountry camping reservations

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Online reservations for tent pads at Grizzly, Talus and Divide lakes are now OPEN for the 2018 season. If there have been cancellations, tent pads may also be booked and paid for in person, cash only, at the Tombstone Interpretive Centre.

Camping off the tent pads at these sites is not permitted.

Reservation and cancellation policy

Reservations must be booked at least three days in advance.

Cancellations can be made up to 21 days (three weeks) prior to your booking date for a 75 per cent refund. If you cancel your reservation after this window there will be no refund and your space will become available for other campers.

No-show policy

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.

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Permits and orientation sessions

Backcountry camp sites cost $12 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.

Backcountry camping rules

The following rules are in place to ensure the protection of the delicate ecosystem, and the safety and enjoyment of others.

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Planning your trip

The information package Planning a Trip to Tombstone Territorial Park is a useful guide when planning a trip into the Tombstone backcountry. We recommend that you download it for your reference.

The package includes hiking, camping, permitting, and safety information; tips and further resources.

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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.

Additional resources

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Contact Yukon Parks

North Region

Phone: 867-993-7714 (April - October only)

Park Officers: 867-993-7899

Fax: 867-993-6548

Address: Box 600, Dawson City, Yukon

Canada Y0B 1G0

Tombstone Interpretive Office

Email: tombstonecentre@gmail.com

Main Office - Whitehorse

Phone: 867-667-5648
Park Officers: 867-456-3974
Toll-free (in Yukon, NWT & Nunavut):
1-800-661-0408 ext. 5648
Fax: 867-393-6223
Email: yukon.parks@gov.yk.ca
Facebook: www.facebook.com/getoutyukon


Address: Box 2703 (V-4) Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada Y1A 2C6