In the Athapaskan language, the word Yukon means the great river or big river.
Named for its resemblance to a grave marker, Tombstone Mountain is a shaft of black rock that dominates the view from the Dempster Highway and now shares its name with this spectacular park. An iconic Yukon landscape, Tombstone Territorial Park is memorable for its jagged ridges of granite and colour-stained tundra in late summer. The Dempster passes through the heart of the park, making the area’s wildlife, birds and vegetation accessible to travellers.
The park is important to the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nations people who have hunted, camped and traded here for centuries. Interesting geological features also make this place interesting—parts of Tombstone bear the mark of glaciers, while other parts escaped glaciation and became an Ice Age refuge. The park is particularly popular with hikers, photographers and birders. The Tombstone Park Interpretive Centre located in the park is open from May to September and has naturalists on staff.
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