Tombstone Territorial Park is situated in and around the Ogilvie Mountain Range north of Dawson City, Yukon Territories, Canada. The wilderness park is 285 kilometres south of the Arctic Circle and is best accessed from the Dempster Highway. The parks protects over 2100 square kilometres including a section of the Blackstone Uplands and Ogilvie Mountains.
Established in 1999.. the Tombstone Territorial Park has always been a part of the cultural and traditional lands of the Inuit and First Nation people of the Yukon. It is a group including the Tr'ondek Hwech'in, Na Cho Nyak Dun, Gwich'in First Nations and the Inuvialuit people.
There are over 70 protected First Nation ecological sites in the Tombstone Territorial Park. Items like stone tools, house pits, pole caches, hunting blinds, tent frames and cemeteries have been uncovered and studied.
The Tombstone Park is dedicated to protecting First Nation heritage and various wildlife species. The park enjoys quality and quantity of both. For wildlife.. there are caribou, moose, Dall sheep, black and grizzly bears, wolves and over 130 species of birds living in the park. Sightings of one of the most beautiful arctic birds around - the Gyrfalcon - are also common in the park.
Wildlife sightings are a big part of the park. And when you combine great scenery and wildlife there is usually adventure. In the Tombstone Park some of the activities enjoyed include hiking, canoeing, fishing, sightseeing, picnicking, camping and wilderness backpacking.
The Tombstone Territorial Park consists of two very different types of landscapes to explore. They are two very diverse eco systems. The north end of the park is arctic tundra and the south end is boreal forest. Two different worlds meet.
Most arrive in the park for sightseeing and camping. Many arrive to hike, paddle or backpack. There are a few day hikes and multi day backpacking adventures in the park. Most are designated wilderness trails while others are backcountry routes with no real trail to follow - just a direction.
Some of the hiking and backpacking routes in the Tombstone Territorial Park include the Hart Winter Road, Goldensides, Angelcomb, Grizzly Creek and Foxy Creek Trails. Some of the rivers and creeks in the park include the Blackstone, Grizzly, Black Mike, August and North Klondike.
And then there are the mountains in the Tombstone Territorial Park like Mount Monolith, Cairns, Tombstone, Whitecrown, Cathedral, North Fork, Rockcandy, Incline, Trapper, Angelcomb, Rake and the Goldenside Mountains. Some are in view from the highway.
It is imperative to have all weather hiking equipment, navigation tools and wilderness survival skills when in the backcountry. It is bear country and weather conditions are unpredictable. All multi day backpackers are required to register with the parks office prior to the departure of any adventure in the backcountry.
There are many pull outs, viewpoints and rest stops located along the Dempster Highway. Many of the designated stops have interpretive signs. Some include picnic tables, garbage cans and pit toilets.
The campground in the park provides basic amenities. Each campsite in the campground includes a picnic table and firepit. There are fresh water taps, a picnic shelter and pit toilets in the campground. There is no power and no showers.
Dempster Highway Dawson City, Yukon Canada