Recreation

View of the Wild and Scenic Clarks Fork River in the canyon

From expansive wilderness and back country areas that provide a refuge from everyday life, to campgrounds and picnic sites along travel corridors and in the front country, the Shoshone is a forest for recreation.

Serving as the eastern gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the Shoshone provides many opportunities for people to connect with nature.

The Shoshone offers over 1,300 miles of trails, 32 campgrounds, and 11 picnic sites. Four Scenic Byways traverse the Shoshone, offering spectacular views of rugged mountain peaks, expansive plateaus awash in wildflowers, glaciers, rivers and streams, and unparalleled wildlife watching.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack up your family and friends and head for adventure in Wyoming’s great outdoors in the Shoshone National Forest.

Recreation Map

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Beartooth Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Game Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is closed for the season.
Blackwater Pond Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Brooks Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Brooks Lake Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Brown Mountain Campground Closed to Visitor
Bruce Picnic Site Open to Visitor The picnic site is open.
Clay Butte Lookout Closed to Visitor
Clearwater Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is closed for the season.
Clearwater Group Site Closed to Visitor Campground is closed for the season.
Crazy Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is closed for the season.
Dead Indian Campground Open to Visitor One loop is open year round. Campground services end and no fees collected after Sept. 14, 2015.
Deer Creek Campground Open to Visitor Deer Creek Campground is open year round
Dickinson Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Double Cabin Campground Closed to Visitor
Eagle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services end and no fees collected after Sept. 14, 2015.
Eagle Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor
Elk Fork Campground Open to Visitor Campground is open year round. Campground services end and no fees collected after Sept. 15, 2015.
Falls Campground Closed to Visitor
Fiddlers Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Fishhawk Trailhead Open to Visitor Fishhawk Trailhead is open year-round. However, after September, there are no services provided. 
Fox Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services end and no fees collected after Sept. 14, 2015.
Horse Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Horse Creek Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Hugh Otte Camping Area Open to Visitor
Hunter Peak Campground Closed to Visitor Campground services end and no fees collected after Sept. 8, 2015.
Island Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Jack Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campground is open year round.
Lake Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is closed for the season.
Lily Lake Camping Area Closed to Visitor
Little Popo Agie Campground Closed to Visitor
Little Sunlight Camping Area Open to Visitor
Louis Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Louis Lake Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Newton Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Restrictions: Due to grizzly bear activity, hard-sided camping only. Campground services end and no fees collected after Sept. 15, 2015.
Newton Spring Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Pahaska Trailhead Open to Visitor
Pinnacles Campground Closed to Visitor
Reef Creek Picnic Site Open to Visitor Reef Creek Picnic area is currently open.
Rex Hale Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is closed for the season.
Sinks Canyon Campground Closed to Visitor
Sleeping Giant Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Sunlight Creek Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Sunlight Ranger Cabin Closed to Visitor
Threemile Campground Closed to Visitor Campground is closed for the season.
Trail Lake Picnic Site Open to Visitor Open year round.
Wapiti Campground Open to Visitor Campground services end and no fees collected after Sept. 15, 2015.
Wapiti Wayside Closed to Visitor
Wind River Lake Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Wood River Campground Closed to Visitor
Worthen Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor
Worthen Meadow Picnic Site Closed to Visitor