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 Open to Visitor
Big Game Campground Open to Visitor Campground is open for summer 2014. Restrictions: Camping is restricted to hard-sided units only (no tents or pop-up campers) until further notice.
Blackwater Pond Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Brooks Lake Campground Open to Visitor NOTE: Hard sided camping only per Shoshone National Forest Special Order 15-001 . Food storage - be prepared to store your food properly.
Brooks Lake Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Brown Mountain Campground Open to Visitor
Bruce Picnic Site Open to Visitor The picnic site is open.
Clay Butte Lookout Open to Visitor
Clearwater Campground Open to Visitor Campground open.
Clearwater Group Site Open to Visitor Campground open.
Crazy Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campground open.
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 Open to Visitor
Double Cabin Campground Open to Visitor Campground is open.
Eagle Creek Campground Open 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. RESTRICTION: Camping is restricted to hard-sided units only (no tents or pop-up campers) until further notice.
Falls Campground Open to Visitor Campground is open.
Fiddlers Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Fishhawk Trailhead Open to Visitor Fishhawk Trailhead is open year-round. However, after September, there are no services provided. 
Fox Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campground services end and no fees collected after Sept. 14, 2015.
Horse Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campground is open.
Horse Creek Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Hugh Otte Camping Area Open to Visitor
Hunter Peak Campground Open to Visitor Campground services end and no fees collected after Sept. 8, 2015.
Island Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Jack Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campground is open year round.
Lake Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campground is open.
Lily Lake Camping Area Open to Visitor Campground is open year-round but snow may impact access.
Little Popo Agie Campground Open to Visitor
Little Sunlight Camping Area Open to Visitor
Louis Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Louis Lake Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Newton Creek Campground Open 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 Open to Visitor NOTE: Hard sided camping only per Shoshone National Forest Special Order 15-001 . Food storage - be prepared to store your food properly.
Reef Creek Picnic Site Open to Visitor Reef Creek Picnic area is currently open.
Rex Hale Campground Open to Visitor Campground is open.
Sinks Canyon Campground Open to Visitor
Sleeping Giant Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Sunlight Creek Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Sunlight Ranger Cabin Open to Visitor
Threemile Campground Open to Visitor Campground is open. Restrictions: Due to grizzly bear activity, hard-sided camping only.
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. Restrictions: Camping is restricted to hard-sided units only (no tents or pop-up campers) until further notice.
Wapiti Wayside Open to Visitor
Wind River Lake Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Wood River Campground Open to Visitor
Worthen Meadow Campground Open to Visitor
Worthen Meadow Picnic Site Open to Visitor