The best camping near Vuntut National Park

Discover the most magical spots to pitch your tent or park your rig on your next Vuntut National Park adventure.

Home to migrating caribou and the Vuntut Gwich’in First Nation.  

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The best camping near Vuntut National Park guide



Vuntut National Park lies near Alaska in the northwestern reaches of the Yukon, where lakes, rivers, and wetlands dot the Arctic landscape. The history of the Vuntut Gwich’in First Nation extends back millennia in these lands, and their settlement at Old Crow still follows the rhythms of the Porcupine caribou—a herd that passes through in spring and fall, during one of the world’s greatest animal migrations. The park is dominated by remote wilderness with no facilities or infrastructure, so self-sufficient adventurers can plan their own expeditions to backpack through the unglaciated mountains, canoe the Old Crow River, or see the epic caribou migration.

Notable campgrounds

  • Best for culture enthusiasts: Old Crow 
  • Best for experienced adventurers: The Vuntut backcountry

Tips for snagging a campsite

  1. With roughly 25 visitors per year, Vuntut National Park is unlikely to reach capacity—but since there are no roads to the park, you need to plan logistics in advance. This typically involves working with Parks Canada, local businesses, and regional air charter companies to coordinate transportation. Many travelers fly into Old Crow, 48 kilometres (30 miles) from the park’s southern edge.
  2. All park visitors need to register beforehand, and deregister when their trip is complete; this can be done by phone or in-person at the John Tizya Centre in Old Crow.
  3. Some local residents offer tours and hikes in the area, as well as accommodations that can be booked in advance via email or phone.

When to go

Weather-wise, the short Arctic summer (June to August) is the most hospitable time to visit the park, when temperatures are mild and the sun never sets. Unfortunately, bugs thrive during the warm months as well, so make sure to bring insect protection. Spring (April and May) and fall (September and October) are the best times to spot the Porcupine caribou herd on its migration route past Old Crow, while May is also a great time to experience local culture, when the village hosts an annual Caribou Days weekend celebration.

Know before you go

  • Weather can change quickly in the park, and snowfall is possible year-round. As such, you should carry extra supplies in case of weather-related delays. 
  • Vuntut is grizzly bear country, so be sure to follow food storage and camp hygiene procedures to avoid an encounter. The Canadian parks service also recommends bringing bear spray.
  • Satellite devices are the only way to communicate with the outside world once you’re in the park. In case of emergency, it’s a good idea to bring a couple of options (such as a satellite phone and SPOT device) and backup power sources. 
  • If you’re planning to arrive in Old Crow, seek advice from local Vuntut Gwich’in people before you embark on an overnight trip.

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