Photo of Beartooth Pass Overlook


The Shoshone National Forest is filled with special places.  The Shoshone encompasses all or parts of five wilderness areas and three mountain ranges, making the majority of the Shoshone sylvan and untamed. Primitive and developed recreation opportunities abound.

Humans left footprints here through the ages, beginning with the Shoshoni Indians (from whom the Shoshone derives its name) to mountain men, pioneers, gold prospectors and miners, and the famous such as Ernest Hemingway and Amelia Earhart. Some of these historic places are also special spots to visit. 


The Town of Kirwin

Tumlin Mineshaft in the historic mining town of KirwinAt the head of the Wood River, just below the timberline, sleeps the historic town and mining district of Kirwin, Wyoming. This is just one of the many special places to discover as you explore the Shoshone National Forest. This small ghost town is a treasure trove for historians, with much to tell about the area's settlement and development in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. 


Wilderness areas

Pilot and Index PeaksThe Shoshone National Forest encompasses all or parts of five designated wilderness areas and three mountain ranges. These areas are sylvan and untamed. Day hikers, backpackers, horsepackers, anglers, photographers, and others can enjoy pristine lakes, tumbling waterfalls, slopes awash in wildflowers, cloud-shrouded peaks, glacier-carved valleys, and a plethora of wildlife. The North Absaroka (pronounced ab-ZORE-kuh) Wilderness and the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness can be found in the northern part of the Shoshone National Forest, while the Popo Agie (pronounced puh-POE-zhuh), the Fitzpatrick, and the Washakie (pronounced WA-shu-kee) Wilderness areas are situated in the southern portion.