Modern photo of a brown bear crossing water in a field
Brown bears patrol Dyea in the spring looking for salmon and other sources of food.

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Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park not only preserves history of the gold rush, but also important habitat for animals. The Chilkoot Trail ranges from intertidal zones to alpine and interior boreal forest. This corridor, used by stampeders in their haste to reach gold, has also been used by animals to move from the ocean inland and vice versa.

You can learn more about the animals in and around the park by:

In the late summer, Dyea can be a great place for wildlife watching due to a salmon run. Birds, bears, and people will flock to the area when the salmon are visible in the stream. If you are planning a trip to Dyea, learn more about bear safety before your visit and ask at the Visitor Center about current conditions.

Last updated: May 25, 2017

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

Skagway, AK 99840


907 983-9200

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