The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is located in eastern Idaho.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the Caribou-Targhee National Forest

US Forest Service making a difference for Sage-Grouse and the sagebrush ecosystem


The Caribou-Targhee National Forest occupies over 3 million acres and stretches across southeastern Idaho, from the Montana, Utah, and Wyoming borders. This Forest is also home to the Curlew National Grassland.

On the northern end of this Forest the massive profile of the Teton Range can be seen.  Scattered throughout the Forest are waterfalls cascading down cliffs of ancient volcanic material.  There are excellent tubing opportunities and perhaps the best trout fishing in crystal clear water.  Hiking is also an important and excellent way to explore the Forest with many trails leading you to beautiful areas.

On the southern end spend time at the campgrounds with woods of pine and fir trees.  Wildlife wanders unafraid, with clear fast flowing creeks, it only takes the scent of a campfire to imagine Native Americans, wagon trains, miners, settlers and cowboys passing by.  Or, perhaps you would like to enjoy watersports available at Bear Lake.

The biggest problem with the Caribou-Targhee National Forest is there are so many and varied recreational opportunities to enjoy, there just isn't enough time to do them all in one visit. 

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Organizational Overview

Caribou-Targhee National ForestThe Caribou-Targhee National Forest consists of several offices: Headquarters in Idaho Falls; Supervisor's Office in St. Anthony; Ranger District offices in Ashton, Dubois, Idaho Falls, Pocatello, Montpelier, Soda Springs, and Driggs; and a work station in Island Park.


Greater Sage-Grouse Conservation Effort

Greater Sage Grouse Conservation

Two US Forest Service Records of Decision and associated land management plan amendments are the culmination of an unprecedented planning effort in cooperation with the Bureau of Land Management to conserve greater sage-grouse and its habitat on National Forest System lands and Bureau of Land Management-administered lands.

Visit the Greater Sage-Grouse Home Page for more information.


Forest Roads Mixed Use Safety Review

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest has begun a motorized mixed use safety review of forest roads and is seeking public comments.  Prior to the 2011 summer season the Caribou-Targhee National Forest will be implementing the first phases to a forest wide evaluation on the safety of forest roads in relation to roads that experience a mixture of significant OHV use, commercial traffic, and passenger vehicles (Mixed use).

Chad Grossenburg, CTNF Wilderness PM Featured on WO Faces of the Forest

Chad Grossenburg

As a wilderness program manager on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, Chad Grossenburg knows a thing or two about the unique and lasting benefits of wild places to the human spirit and the local landscape. He’s trekked for miles through wilderness areas on several national forests and cleaned up sites to fulfill the wilderness ethic of leaving no trace of one’s visit to the area. He’s worked with many specialists, volunteers and partners to celebrate wilderness activities. His job is to do his best to keep the Jedediah Smith and Winegar Hole Wilderness areas wild, just one aspect of the Forest Service mission to sustain our national forests and grasslands which provide

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Fire Management & Aviation

Huck Fire in 1988


Fire and Aviation is a very important subject in our forest. Click to learn more about this subject.

Bear Food Storage Order

Food Storage Order-Grizzly

This order is intended to reduce adverse human-grizzly bear interactions, thereby promoting human safety and the protection of bears and other wildlife species at locations in the Caribou-Targhee...


Poisonous Plants of Southeast Idaho

St.Johns Wort

Many adults and children become seriously ill by consuming poisonous plants.  Sometimes this poisoning is accidental, and sometimes poisoning is the result of the misidentification or misuse...

OHV Safety

OHV Safety Photo

Your Safety is Important to Us

Idaho state law currently allows individuals under 16 years old...