The Shoshone National Forest is located in the western center of Wyoming.
Where is this Forest?

Field of purple and white Lupine Canyon Peak above High Lake Kayakers and paddle boarder on Lake Como Bitterroot flowers



Welcome to the Bitterroot National Forest

Leave your stress behind! You will find this spectacular 1.6 million acre forest in southwest Montana and Idaho to be a priceless national heritage. Half of the forest is dedicated to the largest expanse of continuous pristine wilderness in the lower 48 states -- the Selway Bitterroot, Frank Church River of No Return, and the Anaconda Pintler. Much of its beauty can be attributed to the heavily glaciated, rugged peaks of the Bitterroot Range. Drainages carved by glaciers form steep canyons that open into the valley floor. The abundance of natural resources offers a wide range of opportunities for recreation, grazing, wildlife, fisheries, timber, and minerals. Come enjoy the magnificent mountains, the serenity of wilderness, the miracle of spring flowers, majestic big game, and the sounds of birds here in our land of multiple uses.


"A beautiful flower, a beautiful river, a valley, a magnificent range - such is the Bitter Root" 

   - Wheeler, 1898 -

Travel Management Planning

The Bitterroot National Forest Travel Management Planning Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Record of Decision (ROD) have been prepared. These documents are now available and can be reviewed at the Stevensville, Darby, Sula and West Fork District Offices, the Supervisor’s Office and the public libraries in Stevensville, Hamilton, Darby, and Missoula.

Click here to go to the project documents and maps.

It's All Yours

The National Forests and Grasslands are all yours to discover, enjoy and care for and are some of the most accessible public lands available; both in the variety of activities - hiking, fishing, camping, hunting, motorized sports, skiing, and more - and their geographic spread - seven in ten Americans live within a two-hour drive of a National Forest.

When we say "It's all yours to explore, discover and care for" we mean that.  Like most things that people "own", National Forests require care and stewardship.  National Forests depend on you to be good stewards of the land by recreating responsibly, following outdoor ethics, and getting involved in the care of these places.  Your efforts will ensure they remain healthy and vibrant places to recreate for generations to come.



Fall colors come alive on the Shoshone National Forest

Wood River, Fall 2011

Fall colors will soon start to come alive within the Shoshone National Forest.  Colors vary along with the topopgraphy and tree varities within the forest.

Campfire safety tips from Smokey Bear

The Shoshone National Forest and Smokey Bear want to remind all visitors to the forest of the proper way to fully extinguish a campfire.

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List of Day Gear

When going out for a hike, even if just for a few hours, the Shoshone National Forest recommends you take certain items with you for safety and the changing mountain weather.

Hunting on the Shoshone National Forest

 There are a few things you should know before heading out for your hunt on the Shoshone National Forest. Please take the time to learn about our rules before your hunt begins.


Safety Tips

hiker gazing into high alpine lake, mountains reflecting in lake

Whether you are spending a couple hours or a couple days in a national forest, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind.

Outdoor Safety and Ethics

Grizzly Bear

Outdoor safety is a key consideration when visiting the Shoshone National Forest.  

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