Geospatial Data

A woman uses GIS software on a computer


What is GIS? 

A GIS is a computer system capable of capturing, storing, analyzing, and displaying geographically referenced information; that is, data identified according to location. Practitioners also define a GIS as including the procedures, operating personnel, and spatial data that go into the system. The Shoshone National Forest operates a Geographic Information System (GIS). We use ESRI's ArcGis family of products to develop various maps of the forest and to perform analysis.

All spatial data has the following Projection:  UTM, Zone 12 North, Datum is NAD83, Units are meters, and Spheroid is GRS1980.

Hosted vector spatial data consist of zipped shapefiles, personal GeoDatabases (pGDB), or file GeoDatabases (fGDB); raster data can be in pGDB, fGDB, or ESRI grid formats. If data are available and desired in another format, please contact the Forest GIS Coordinator to make other arrangements.


 Administrative Boundaries

Ranger Districts
Roadless / RARE II
Surface Ownership
Wilderness Boundary


Motorized Trails
Open Roads

Forest Plan Revision

Forest plan revision data is located on the plan revision geospatial data page.


These products are reproduced from geospatial information prepared by the USDA Forest Service. By removing the contents of this package or taking receipt of these files via electronic file-transfer methods, you understand that the data stored on these media are in draft condition. Represented features may not be in an accurate geographic location. The Forest Service makes no expressed or implied warranty, including warranty of merchantability and fitness, with respect to the character, function, or capabilities of the data or their appropriateness for any user's purposes. The Forest Service reserves the right to correct, update, modify, remove, or replace this geospatial information without notification.