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Tombstone backcountry camping and hiking
Divide Lake cook platform, Tombstone Territorial Park - YG Photo
- Reserve your backcountry campsite
- Reservation and cancellation policy
- Permits and orientation sessions
- Backcountry camping rules
- Planning your trip into the backcountry
- Impacts to the park
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From mid-June to mid-September, overnight camping reservations and permits are required to camp at Grizzly, Divide and Talus lake backcountry campsites. For 2017, these dates are June 23 to September 16. 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:
- 1:50,000 topographical maps,
- wilderness navigation and route-finding,
- wilderness first aid,
- safe and conscious impact travel,
- and preparation for all-weather conditions.
Reservations can be made for backcountry tent pads using the on-line registration system. For 2017, the reservation system will open January 5, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. PST. If available, tent pads 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.
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.
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 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.
- 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 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily at the interpretive centre.
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 per tent pad
- Camping is limited to three consecutive nights at any one of the three 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
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.
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.
- A Guide to Tombstone Territorial Park brochure and map
- Camping, parks and wilderness publications
- Tombstone Territorial Park Management Plan 9 MB
- Yukon outdoor travel smart information
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