Tombstone campsites limited to protect tundra

Campers heading to Tombstone Park will now have to register their tents with park officials before setting up camp.

Campers heading to Tombstone Park will now have to register their tents with park officials before setting up camp.

Registration and permits are required for the backcountry in the park at Grizzly Lake, Divide Lake and Talus Lakes. Only 10 tent permits per night at each lake will be made available for one tent pad, to a maximum of three nights.

Previously, the park had a voluntary hiker registration form aimed at collecting visitor information.

To protect the delicate tundra and increase visitor satisfaction by keeping campsites to a minimum, the park decided to create the registration and permit system.

Permits can be obtained by applying in person at the Tombstone Interpretive Centre no more than two days before the start of a trip.

Day hikers will not be affected and registration and permits will not apply to camping in other areas of the backcountry.

    Yukon Parks is reminding campers to use bear-proof food canisters for all backcountry trips. Canisters are available at the interpretive centre for a $40 refundable deposit.

Tombstone Park covers a 2,000-square-kilometre area in the South Ogilvie Mountains. It’s located about 110 kilometres northeast of Dawson City.