The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is located in eastern Idaho.
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Welcome to the Caribou-Targhee National Forest

A Scenic view of Big Springs The fish are back at Big Springs Warm River Cabin in the winter Cooking on the cook stove at Warm River cabin Big Spring in the winter


The Caribou-Targhee National Forest occupies over 3 million acres and stretches across southeastern Idaho, from the Montana, Utah, and Wyoming borders. This Forest is also home to the Curlew National Grassland.

On the northern end of this Forest the massive profile of the Teton Range can be seen.  Scattered throughout the Forest are waterfalls cascading down cliffs of ancient volcanic material.  There are excellent tubing opportunities and perhaps the best trout fishing in crystal clear water.  Hiking is also an important and excellent way to explore the Forest with many trails leading you to beautiful areas.

On the southern end spend time at the campgrounds with woods of pine and fir trees.  Wildlife wanders unafraid, with clear fast flowing creeks, it only takes the scent of a campfire to imagine Native Americans, wagon trains, miners, settlers and cowboys passing by.  Or, perhaps you would like to enjoy watersports available at Bear Lake.

The biggest problem with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest is there are so many and varied recreational opportunities to enjoy, there just isn't enough time to do them all in one visit. 

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Organizational Overview

Caribou-Targhee National ForestThe Caribou-Targhee National Forest consists of several offices: Headquarters in Idaho Falls; Supervisor's Office in St. Anthony; Ranger District offices in Ashton, Dubois, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Montpelier, Soda Springs, and Driggs; and a work station in Island Park.

Idaho Greater Sage-Grouse Draft land use Plan Amendment and Environmental Impact Statement to Latest news on the Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Effort

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Intermountain Region Updates

Milestones Reached on Multi-agency Greater Sage-grouse Conservation Effort – Dakota Prairie Grasslands Joins Effort

Idaho and Southwestern Montana Greater Sage-Grouse Draft Environmental Impact Statement

For additional information about Greater Sage-Grouse conservation, visit the BLM Sage-Grouse and Sagebrush Conservation web site.

Recent News


Forest Roads Mixed Use Safety Review

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest has begun a motorized mixed use safety review of forest roads and is seeking public comments.  Prior to the 2011 summer season the Caribou-Targhee National Forest will be implementing the first phases to a forest wide evaluation on the safety of forest roads in relation to roads that experience a mixture of significant OHV use, commercial traffic, and passenger vehicles (Mixed use).

Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center (EIIFC)

The Eastern Idaho Interagency Fire Center (EIIFC), located in Idaho Falls, was established in the spring of 1995 after a five year planning effort. Participating agencies include the Forest Service's Caribou-Targhee National Forest, and the Bureau of Land Management's Upper Snake River Districts.

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OHV Safety

OHV Safety Photo

Your Safety is Important to Us

Idaho state law currently allows individuals under 16 years old...

Bear Food Storage Order

Food Storage Order-Grizzly

This order is intended to reduce adverse human-grizzly bear interactions, thereby promoting human safety and the protection of bears and other wildlife species at locations in the Caribou-Targhee...


Fire Management & Aviation

Huck Fire in 1988


Fire and Aviation is a very important subject in our forest. Click to learn more about this subject.

Poisonous Plants of Southeast Idaho

St.Johns Wort

Many adults and children become seriously ill by consuming poisonous plants.  Sometimes this poisoning is accidental, and sometimes poisoning is the result of the misidentification or misuse...