Basic Information

Multiple signs on a pole point in the directions of gold rush destinations
Skagway, Alaska is a crossroads for exploring the Klondike Gold Rush and the opening of Alaska to Euroamerican settlement.

NPS/B. Mayhew

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is made of four units, three in Alaska and one in Seattle, Washington. In Alaska most people visit the Skagway Historic District, others hike the Chilkoot Trail in the Dyea-Chilkoot Trail unit, many visitors experience the scenic White Pass unit by train or highway tour.

During the summer months (early May to late-September) Skagway is a major cruise ship port. Skagway can see up to 11,000 visitors a day, with at least one ship arriving every day. During the winter months (October to April) Skagway is a quiet community. Some people visit during these months, however, these visitors make up only a fraction of the total numbers. Planning a visit October to April? Check out the visiting in winter page.

Start planning your trip with the basics:


Skagway has a highly variable climate with frequent rain and high winds. Average temperatures May through September range from 47 F to 60 F. Average temperatures October through April range from 28 F to 38 F.

Entrance Fees:

Entry Fee - $0.00

Entry to Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park is free. Some services, such as a hiking permit for the Chilkoot Trail or camping have associated fees.

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Visitor Center

The visitor center is located in the historic White Pass & Yukon Route depot. Talk to a ranger, learn about daily programs, watch park film "Gold Fever: Race to the Klondike," and more. Restrooms, water stations, and benches are available for visitors.

The Chilkoot Trail Center

This is the registration and information center for the Chilkoot International Trail. Stop by to get your Chilkoot Trail permit, see the bear awareness video, and get your trail orientation. During permit season, regularly scheduled orientations are at 8am, 10am, noon, 2pm, and 4pm daily.


Explore different units of the park:

Busy street view with cruise ship at the end.

Skagway's Historic District

Over 20 gold rush boom town buildings are part of the park today. Explore the ones in Skagway's Historic District.

Mountain pass with some snow and blue sky

Explore the Chilkoot Trail

Plan your hike through the "meanest 33 miles in history."

Irises in a meadow

Discover Dyea, Alaska

Where nature meets history. During the gold rush Dyea was a boom town, today it is a lush natural area.

Black and white image of about a dozen mules heavily packed with large boxes along a trail.

The White Pass Trail

Advertised as an easier, pack animal friendly trail, the White Pass Trail became a trail of disappointment and backache.

A ranger talks to a family in front of a museum welcome sign

Klondike Gold Rush - Seattle Unit

The Seattle unit of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park tells the story of how hoards of stampeders boosted the city's economy.

Last updated: June 28, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

Skagway, AK 99840


(907) 983-9200

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