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


Welcome to the Shoshone National Forest

Clarks Fork RD from Dead Indian Pass

The Shoshone National Forest offers superb scenery and endless recreational opportunities! The Shoshone National Forest was set aside in 1891 as part of the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve, making the Shoshone the first national forest in the United States. It consists of some 2.4 million acres of varied terrain ranging from sagebrush flats to rugged mountains. The higher mountains are snow-clad most of the year. Immense areas of exposed rock are interspersed with meadows and forests. With Yellowstone National Park on its western border, the Shoshone encompasses the area from the Montana state line south to Lander, Wyoming, and includes portions of the Absaroka, Wind River, and Beartooth Mountains. 


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.

Mountain Pine Beetle Epidemic

Mountain pine beetles are killing trees at epidemic levels and will affect the landscape for years to come.

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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.

Spring Road Conditions

Forest Service Road 200

Above normal rain has caused several issues on roads on and near the Shoshone National Forest.  Please check here for current road closures or areas that may be unsafe for travel.


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.

Sights to see on the Shoshone this spring

Popo Agie Falls, Washakie Ranger District

Spring is a great time to see a new part of the Shoshone National Forest. As the weather turns warmer and the days become longer, why not take a trip to see a new spot.

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