• Nine men pose with gear at the Alaska-British Columbia border in the snow

    Klondike Gold Rush

    National Historical Park Alaska

Bear Safety

Brown bear in a natural field

Brown bear in Dyea

NPS photo

Brown Bears (Ursa arctos) and Black Bears (Ursa americanus) are frequenlty seen along the Chilkoot Trail. It is the responsibility of hikers to properly store food and know how to safety travel in bear country. The park recommends all hikers to view the 20 minute bear safety film at the Klondike Gold Rush NHP Visitor Center and read the materials listed below.

The Bear Facts: Traveling in Bear Country

Parks Canada Link to Bear Safety

Did You Know?

Historic photo of a busy street in Skagway, AK

No gold was ever found in the Skagway River valley. The actual gold fields were approximately 550 miles north, near the junction of the Klondike and Yukon Rivers in Dawson City. Skagway became known as the gateway to the Klondike gold fields, a bustling supply town.