Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park was created in 1976 to commemorate the history of the Klondike Gold Rush of 1897-98. Thousands of hopeful prospectors flooded the area but many never made it to the gold fields due to the difficulties awaiting them on the trails to get there. The park includes units in Skagway and Seattle. The Skagway unit is Alaska's most-visited National Park and includes portions of the infamous Chilkoot Trail and White Pass Trail.
The park's Visitor Center is housed in the old White Pass and Yukon Route Depot building in downtown Skagway. The visitor center offers a 30 minute film titled "Gold Fever: Race to the Klondike" as an introduction to this historic time. Other activities offered by the National Park Service include a Historic District Walking Tour and a Dyea Town Site Walking Tour.
Adventurous visitors to the area can hike the 33-mile Chilkoot Trail. The strenuous hike generally takes three to five days! There are shorter day hikes in the area but the Chilkoot Trail is the only trail operated and maintained by the National Park Service.
For more information on the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park visit the National Park website.
More Alaska Parks
Big Delta State Historical Park, Caines Head State Recreation Area, Chena River State Recreation Area, Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, Chugach State Park, Denali National Park, Denali State Park, Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, Gates Of The Arctic National Park, Glacier Bay National Park, Independence Mine State Historical Park, Kachemak Bay State Park, Katmai National Park, Kenai Fjords National Park, Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park, Kobuk Valley National Park, Lake Clark National Park, Nancy Lake State Recreation Area, Shuyak Island State Park, Totem Bight State Historical Park, Wood-Tikchik State Park, Wrangell - St Elias National Park, Yukon - Charley Rivers National Preserve