Soda Springs Ranger District headquarters is located in Soda Springs, Idaho. This district offers over 360,000 acres of recreational opportunities and it is an excellent example of the Multiple Use Management Concept that is the trademark of the Forest Service.
District Ranger: Jack Isaacs
Address: 410 E. Hooper Ave., Soda Springs, ID 83276
Phone: 208-547-4356 Fax: 208-547-2235
Office Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm Monday through Friday
Several large areas are closed to motorized vehicles for the enjoyment of those seeking escape from civilization. Other areas are open to all forms of motorized recreation. For maps that you can download click here.
The Soda Springs Ranger District contains some excellent terrain for winter sports such as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Trail Canyon, Diamond Creek, and Wood Canyon are among the many areas popular with outdoor recreationalist during the winter.
There are ample opportunities to observe elk, mule deer, moose, upland game birds, and many other forms of wildlife. The endagered whooping crane resides at the Gray's Lake Wildlife Refuge which is adjacent to the district. Recently, reported sighting of black bear as well as wolves have been increasing, so keep a sharp eye out for these species as well!
Points of Interest
If you like to explore, visit Caribou City. The remnants of this historic mining town have all but disappeared from the base of Caribou Mountain, but the remains of the minerals activity that has occurred there since the late 1800s are still visible.
The historic Lander Cutoff Trail was used by early pioneers on their way to Oregon as an alternate route to save time. The use of this trail has greatly contributed to the cultural and historical richness of the Soda Springs Ranger District. Several pioneer journals attest to the beauty and richness of the area, as well as the hardships experienced in crossing this geographically diverse landscape. Lane's grave, wagon rutts, and pioneer cemetaries can be seen to this day; along with evidance of Native American activity and early attempts of travelers to settle in the area.
The Auburn Fish Hatchery is run by the Wyoming Game & Fish Department where various species of trout are reared to be placed in waters of western Wyoming.
Gray's Lake Wildlife Refuge is home to many types of waterfowl found in the western United States. This particular refuge is noted for it whooping cranes.
While discovering the Soda Springs Ranger District, you will see evidence of historical and current Phosphate Mining. This region contains one of the richest phosphate deposits in the United States; the mining of this ore contributes greatly to the financial stability of the region.