The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is located in eastern Idaho.
Where is this Forest?


Forest Products Permits


   Welcome to

Title - Boise National Forest

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The Boise National Forest’s vast landscape spans over 2.5 million acres of diverse forest and grassland.  Located northeast of Idaho’s capital city of Boise, recreationists can explore the North Fork Payette River Canyon at 2,800 feet in elevation to the nearly 10,000 foot peak of Trinity Mountain.  Whether you choose to explore any of more than 500 trails, or cool off in one of over 250 lakes and reservoirs, the Boise National Forest is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s dream!


2015 We are now hiring!     

The Boise National Forest is now hiring for the 2015 season.  View our Web page!



Road and Closure Area Information: 

ATLANTA HIGHWAY DISTRICT -  Forest Road 268 - Middle Fork of the Boise River to Atlanta, ID - OPENED OCTOBER 31, 2014.


UPDATE: Closure Area Reduced for Elk & Pony Complex Fires Effective November 7.  VIEW THE NEWS RELEASE and new maps.



 Watch Videos of Boise NF!

Watch Videos of Special Places to Visit! 

Visit the Idaho City RD

Visit the Emmett RD

Visit the Emmett RD - Middle Fork Payette River

Visit the Lowman RD- Deadwood Lookout & Campgrounds

Visit the Lowman RD - Kirkham and Bull Trout Campgrounds

Visit the Cascade RD


Road Tripping with MP3


Download the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway Historic Auto Tour to your MP3 player today!




View Each Ranger District For More Information About Recreational Opportunities 


Snowshoeing Fun @ Kari Greer





The Boise National Forest has 5 Ranger Districts, the Supervisor's Office, Lucky Peak Nursery and a Guard Station in Garden Valley and High Valley.


Cascade RD -   Areas of interest:  Highway 55 and 22, Cascade Reservoir, Warm Lake, Johnson Creek, Landmark, Cascade, Yellowpine       

Emmett RD -  Areas of interest:  Highway 17, Sage Hen Reservoir, Middle and South Fork Payette River, Crouch, Garden Valley        

Idaho City RD - Areas of interest:  Highway 21, Mores Creek, Granite Ck, Banner Ridge, Middle Fk Boise River, Barber Flats, Idaho City, Graham, Atlanta     

Lowman RD - Areas of interest:  Highway 21 and 17, Deadwood Reservoir, Scott Mountain, Bear Valley, Bull Trout Lake, Lowman, Travel to Stanley- 

Mountain Home RD - Areas of interest:  Highway 20, Anderson Ranch Res., Little Camas Res., Lucky Peak Res., Shafer Butte, Trinities Rec. Area.

Lucky Peak Nursery - Established in 1959, the Lucky Peak Nursery grows trees, grasses and shrubs for National Forests in Southern Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Western Wyoming, Arizona, and New Mexico.


 Visit Idaho's Scenic Byways  - has great video of Idaho's special byways.  

Also check out  Idaho Public Television's - Idaho Scenic Byways



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Firewood Permits

Split Firewood

Firewood gathering season is variable between Ranger Districts on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.