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Immerse yourself in gold rush history on your visit to the park

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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:

 
Within Skagway the park operates multiple museums and visitor contact stations. There are three distinct units of Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park in Alaska. To learn more visit the park units page.  The physical address for the park's visitor center and headquarters is: 

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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.

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.

Things to do:

 
 

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" or learn about the the trail's use over centuries.

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: February 19, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

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

Skagway, AK 99840

Phone:

(907) 983-9200

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