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

2019 Fall Creek Prescribed Burn Camping on the Diamond Creek Fire 2019 Stoddard Creek Campground Winter in Teton Canyon Plot Surveys near Gibson Lakes

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

Our office, with the exception of mission-critical activities,  is operating virtually until further notice. This means most employees are teleworking and we are no longer doing any business in person. To protect the health and safety of our employees and customers, we are not scheduling face-to-face meetings in this office. 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.

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest asks the public to please recreate responsibly. Law enforcement and/or search and rescue operations may be limited due to COVID-19 issues. High-risk activities such as rock climbing, etc. or backcountry activities that increase your chance of injury or distress should be avoided. 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


Caribou-Targhee National Forest Now Accepting Applications for Resource Advisory

Warm Springs Area

The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is seeking candidates to fill five vacancies on the Eastern Idaho Resource Advisory Council (RAC). The nomination period is now open. “As resource and public land issues become increasingly more complex, it’s imperative that we have a strong advisory board with a diverse background,” said Mel Bolling, Caribou-Targhee National Forest Supervisor. “Our RAC provides an avenue for the Forest to seek local input on where to expend funds that will best benefit their public lands in eastern Idaho.”

Rockhounding on the Forest

Girl Looking at Rocks outside

A limited collection of rocks and minerals for personal use is allowed on most National Forest System lands. These materials may be collected without a permit, provided the collection is for personal, hobby and noncommercial use. For commercial or other uses of rock material, contact the local Forest Service office. The USDA informational Rockhounding brochure is available here.

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Huckleberry Picking on the Forest

Flyer with a person holding a handful of huckleberries

It's that time of year again and we are getting lots of questions regarding huckleberry picking on the forest. Take a look at the flyer to see some of our Frequently Asked Questions.

Using beavers to improve our Environment

Beaver Transport

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


Cruising Timber on the Palisades District

Caribou-Targhee Forester measuring the circumference of a tree

Timber and fuel crews were out cruising timber this spring in preparation for a possible sale. 

Caribou-Targhee National Forest to participate in visitor information surveys

2019 National Visitor Information Surveys

Beginning Oct. 2019, the Caribou-Targhee National Forest (CTNF) will begin participating in visitor information surveys to learn how people use their public lands. 

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Key Contacts

Sarah Wheeler
Public Affairs Officer
Brian Micklich
Admin. Ops Specialist


Caribou-Targhee National Forest with play button

Caribou-Targhee National Forest Videos