Westside Ranger District
Welcome to the Westside Ranger District. Located in southeast Idaho, the Westside Ranger District is home to the Curlew National Grassland and an abundance of year-round recreational opportunities. The Westside District is one of seven districts within the Caribou Targhee National Forest. Our District borders the north end of Pocatello, Idaho, and stretches south into northern Utah. The Westside lies within the northern parts of the Great Basin Region, with rugged mountain ranges and low agricultural valleys. Summers are hot and dry, and winters are long and cold. At higher elevations, the forest supports stands of lodgepole pine, subalpine fir, Douglas -fir, and aspen. Lower elevations are mostly covered in sagebrush with other important plants and trees that include grass, bitterbrush, juniper, maple, aspen and riparian communities. The District provides habitat for numerous species some of which include; elk, deer, mountain lion, black bear, moose, beaver, squirrels, chipmunks, hawks, owls, and sharp-tailed grouse.
Westside Ranger District | 4350 S. Cliffs Drive | Pocatello, ID 83204 | 208-236-7500 | Fax: 208-236-7555 | Office Hours: Monday-Friday 7:45am - 4:30pm
Motorized Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) are the official map for designating all roads, trails, and areas available for off road recreational trail users, including vehicles, ATVs, and dirt bikes. The MVUM displays allowed uses by vehicle class, travel regulations, and seasonal allowances. Routes not shown on the MVUM are not open to public vehicle travel. The MVUM maps are updated annually and are available here and at the Westside Ranger District office.
The Westside Ranger District offers trail opportunities for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Visitors will have the opportunity to travel along creeks, through open forests, and up scenic vistas on craggy peaks. Trails are easy to access and parking is free.
The Westside Ranger District offers a wide-range of summertime opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast. Forest visitors will find scenic hiking trails for all skill levels. Visitors can enjoy dispersed camping or developed campgrounds on a first-come, first-served basis; some sites are reservable. In addition to our campgrounds and hiking trails, visitors can enjoy target shooting, hunting, cycling, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
Reservations can be made at 1-877-444-6777 or online at www.recreation.gov.
During the winter months the snow takes center stage on the Westside Ranger District. Just minutes from Pocatello, the District provides hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails, groomed and ungroomed cross country ski trails, Nordic Center, and Pebble Creek Resort for downhill skiing.
Our District also offers several cross country ski parking areas that are part of Idaho State Parks and Recreation Park N’ Ski program. Permits are required for these parking areas, and available for purchase online at www.parksandrecreation.idaho.gov.
Park N’ Ski Permit Program and Vendors 2014-2015
Roads and Campgrounds
Closures and delayed openings are sometimes in effect for a variety of reasons, including snowpack, muddy conditions, and damage caused by runoff and flooding. Roads and campgrounds may also be closed due to unsafe and hazardous conditions. All closures are ordered to ensure that the visitors of Forest Service lands remain safe.
All district campgrounds are closed. Malad Summit and Pebble Guard Stations are open year-round for reservations.
Pebble Creek Road to Big Springs Campground: Closed
Inman Road to Toponce: Closed
Box Canyon: Closed
Elk Meadows/Crystal: Closed
East Fork Mink/Bottom: Closed
East Fork Mink/Scout Moutain Top: Closed
Clear Creek Road: Closed
South Fork: Closed