Welcome to the Caribou-Targhee National Forest and Curlew National Grassland

Glass Globe Reflecting Tetons Avery Beyer measuring trees Flat Iron Project

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. The spectacular scenery of the Forest is easily reached from highways, byways and back doors. The bond between forest and community spans generations through family activities such as camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and riding off-highway vehicles. During the winter, the forest offers vast expanses of untracked powder.

COVID-19 Status

The majority of our offices are operating virtually until further notice. Most employees are teleworking. However, continuing our service to you during this time is very important. We are ready and available to help you! Please contact us at: 208-557-5900 for immediate assistance.

We also encourage you to follow public health guidelines regarding social distancing while you recreate in National Forests. For more information about how the Forest Service is responding to COVID-19, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/about-agency/covid19-updates.

To see a full list of proposed Forest opening dates on the Caribou-Targhee National, please see this PDF.

Maps can be purchased online at: https://store.usgs.gov/maps

Annual Passes can be purchased online at: https://store.usgs.gov/recreational-passes

Popular Recreation Activities

Hiking Camping OHV Riding Fishing Hunting

Recent News


Local Master Naturalists Volunteer over 250 Hours for Forest Service

Idaho Master Naturalist Peggy Wyman

The local Idaho Master Naturalist program volunteered over 250 hours of service in 2019 and 2020 to help the U.S. Forest Service monitor wildlife populations. Initiated by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, the program aims to develop a corps of well-informed volunteers to actively assist in stewardship over Idaho’s natural environment.

Christmas Tree permits available for purchase

Christmas Tree Photo

Christmas tree permits are now available to purchase online through recreation.gov until December 31. Details regarding how to cut and height restrictions may be found at recreation.gov. Search for Caribou-Targhee National Forest Christmas Tree Permit. 

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Every Kid Outdoor Program

Every Kid Outdoor Logo

Calling all U.S. 4th graders! Did you know you can earn a free pass to explore thousands of America's federal lands and water with your family and friends? Check out this cool program.

Rockhounding on the Forest

Girl Looking at Rocks outside

A limited collection of rocks and minerals for personal use is allowed on the Forest. Click here for a rockhounding brochure.


Tincup Restoration Project Enters Final Year

The fourth and final year of the Tincup Creek Stream Restoration Project is underway. Initiated in 2017, the large-scale, multi-phased project will improve ecosystem function. 

Using beavers to improve our Environment

Beaver Transport

Using beavers to improve our environment – the GYCC completes its Beaver Restoration Assessment Tool (BRAT)

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Key Contacts

Sarah Wheeler
Public Affairs Officer
Brian Micklich
Admin. Ops Specialist