Persevering Through Unimaginable Obstacles

Headlines screamed "Gold!" The dream of a better life catapulted thousands of people to Alaska and the Yukon Territory. Their journey shaped them, and changed the people they encountered and the north forever. Today, the park remembers the trails, boomtowns, and stories of the Klondike Gold Rush. Read More

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Hike the Chilkoot Trail

Start planning your backpacking or day hiking trip on the Chilkoot Trail

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How to get your Chilkoot permit

Find out what you need to know and how to make a reservation for your Chilkoot Trail hike.

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Chilkoot Trail Campgrounds

Choose your camp spots from 9 campgrounds along the trail.

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Chilkoot Trail History

From a Tlingit trade route, to a gold rush highway, to a modern recreation trail. Learn how the Chilkoot Trail has changed over 150 years.

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A Century of Change

How have things changed since the stampeders searched for gold? Photo pairs document changes along the trails and in Skagway.

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What was the Klondike Gold Rush?

Learn about the great human drama that was the mad dash to the far north known as the Klondike Gold Rush.

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Visiting in the Winter

Klondike Gold Rush doesn't close in the winter. Learn more about visiting the park October-April

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Buffalo Soldiers of Company L

Learn about the three years Company L, a unit of black soldiers, spent serving their country in Southeast Alaska.

Last updated: December 31, 2019

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Mailing Address:

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
P.O. Box 517

Skagway, AK 99840


(907) 983-9200

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