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Sights to see on the Shoshone this spring

Spring is a beautiful time of year to visit the Shoshone National Forest.  Below are just a few of the many treasures awaiting you on your national forest.  Please remember that this is bear country, so familiarize yourself with how you can be bear aware.

Clarks Fork, Greybull, and Wapiti Ranger Districts:

Clarks Fork - Dead Indian Gulch Trail begins at the Dead Indian Campground.

 Clarks Fork RD from Dead Indian Pass

  • Directions from Cody, travel north on State Highway 120 for 16 miles. Turn left (west) on Chief Joseph Scenic Highway (State Highway 296). Travel west about 16 miles to the campground. Be advised the road has several steep switchbacks.

 Wapiti - The Elk Fork Trailhead is located at the southern end of the Elk Fork Campground.  This wide open, north-facing hike offers beautiful views while allowing hikers to see what is up ahead of them.

  • Directions from Cody, travel west on U.S. Highway 14/16/20 for 28 miles to the campground. (This campground is about 25 miles from the East Entrance of Yellwostone National Park)


Washakie Ranger District: Popo Agie Falls

 Popo Agie Falls, Washakie Ranger District

  • The Popo Agie Falls are formed by the Middle Fork of the Popo Agie River cascading over large rock outcrops as it drops into Sinks Canyon.  The largest vertical fall is about sixty feel in the early summer when water levels are highest.
  • The hike to the falls is about 1½ miles along an open, canyon trail.  In a few spots the path is narrow and rocky but most of the trail is smooth and easy walking.  The elevation of the area is about 7,800 feet.  Expect a vertical climb of about 600 feet from the trail head to the falls.
  • Mountain and canyon views are spectacular from the many openings and overlooks along the trail.  Horses and bikes are allowed on the trail.
  • Directions to the trailhead: From Lander, take Sinks Canyon Rd.  (Highway 131) for about 9 miles to Bruce's Parking Area. The trailhead is located across the highway, past the bridge.  You turn left at the kiosk onto the Middle Fork trail.


Wind River Ranger District: Drive to Torrey, Ring, and Trail Lakes

  • Take a drive on National Forest Road 411 past Torrey, Ring, and Trail Lakes. The road is open and dry. All of the lakes have fishing, camping, and picnicking opportunities.    Watch for Petroglyphs on the rocks to the west; bighorn sheep may still be seen.
  • The road dead ends at the Forest Service’s Trail Lake Trailhead, gateway into the Fitzpatrick Wilderness. The view of the Wind River Range from the end of road is spectacular!
  • If you are a walker/hiker, this trailhead can take you to Lake Louise. At the trail junction just past the Fiztpatrick Wilderness boundary sign, keep to the right to hike to Lake Louise or turn to your left to cross over a bridge leading you to the falls of Torrey Creek.
  • Directions from Dubois: Take Highway 26/287 east for approximately 4 - 4.5 miles. Turn right on National Forest Road 411.