Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park commemorates the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-98. As tens of thousands of people made their way to Dawson City, YT they brought EuroAmerican culture, created boomtowns and lasting transportation routes, and changed the landscape forever.
Start planning your trip with the basics:
Today 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.
Things to do:
Explore different units of the park:
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.
Explore the Chilkoot Trail
Plan your hike through the "meanest 33 miles in history" or learn about the the trail's use over centuries.
Discover Dyea, Alaska
Where nature meets history. During the gold rush Dyea was a boom town, today it is a lush natural area.
The White Pass Trail
Advertised as an easier, pack animal friendly trail, the White Pass Trail became a trail of disappointment and backache.
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: February 1, 2024