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


Welcome to the Shoshone National Forest
Eclipse over 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. 

Recent News


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.

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.

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50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Wilderness 50th anniversary

2014 is the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.  There are five designated wilderness areas on the Shoshone National Forest, and we are celebrating them throughout the year. 

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.


Motor Vehicle Use Maps

Map of the Shoshone National Forest in wyoming with surrounding states

Motor vehicle use maps (MVUMs) are the official maps for designating all roads and trails available for public motorized travel.

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.

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