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



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Title - Boise National Forest

Cascade RD - View of Cascade Lake


The Boise National Forest’s vast landscape spans over 2.5 million acres of diverse forest and grassland.  Located northeast of Idaho’s capital city of Boise, recreationists can explore the North Fork Payette River Canyon at 2,800 feet in elevation to the nearly 10,000 foot peak of Trinity Mountain.  Whether you choose to explore any of more than 500 trails, or cool off in one of over 250 lakes and reservoirs, the Boise National Forest is truly an outdoor enthusiast’s dream!




Area Closure News:  

UPDATE: Closure Area Reduced for Elk & Pony Complex Fires Effective November 7.  VIEW THE NEWS RELEASE and new maps.  


 Watch Videos of Boise NF!

Watch Videos of Special Places to Visit! 

Visit the Idaho City RD

Visit the Emmett RD

Visit the Emmett RD - Middle Fork Payette River

Visit the Lowman RD- Deadwood Lookout & Campgrounds

Visit the Lowman RD - Kirkham and Bull Trout Campgrounds

Visit the Cascade RD


Road Tripping with MP3


Download the Ponderosa Pine Scenic Byway Historic Auto Tour to your MP3 player today!




View Each Ranger District For More Information About Recreational Opportunities 


Visit a high mountain lake



The Boise National Forest has 5 Ranger Districts, the Supervisor's Office, Lucky Peak Nursery and a Guard Station in Garden Valley and High Valley.


Cascade RD -   Areas of interest:  Highway 55 and 22, Cascade Reservoir, Warm Lake, Johnson Creek, Landmark, Cascade, Yellowpine       

Emmett RD -  Areas of interest:  Highway 17, Sage Hen Reservoir, Middle and South Fork Payette River, Crouch, Garden Valley        

Idaho City RD - Areas of interest:  Highway 21, Mores Creek, Granite Ck, Banner Ridge, Middle Fk Boise River, Barber Flats, Idaho City, Graham, Atlanta     

Lowman RD - Areas of interest:  Highway 21 and 17, Deadwood Reservoir, Scott Mountain, Bear Valley, Bull Trout Lake, Lowman, Travel to Stanley- 

Mountain Home RD - Areas of interest:  Highway 20, Anderson Ranch Res., Little Camas Res., Lucky Peak Res., Shafer Butte, Trinities Rec. Area.

Lucky Peak Nursery - Established in 1959, the Lucky Peak Nursery grows trees, grasses and shrubs for National Forests in Southern Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Western Wyoming, Arizona, and New Mexico.


 Visit Idaho's Scenic Byways  - has great video of Idaho's special byways.  

Also check out  Idaho Public Television's - Idaho Scenic Byways



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Recent News


Campfire safety tips from Smokey Bear

Campfire safety 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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50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Stough Creek Lakes in the PoPo Agie Wilderness

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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  • Forest Plan Revision
    The Shoshone National Forest revised Land Management Plan, Final Environmental Impact Statement and draft Record of Decision are now available for your review.