Outdoor Safety & Ethics

Grizzly BearAs a visitor to National Forest System Lands, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the natural environment, to ensure the health and safety of visitors, and to promote a pleasant and rewarding outdoor recreation experience for all visitors. Forest managers may issue orders that will close or restrict the use of certain areas as the need arises. Such orders will be posted so that visitors can become familiar with them. Copies of the orders will be available at forest offices. If you have any questions or need help, please contact your nearest forest office.

Please remember to be careful! You are primarily responsible for your own safety. Be alert for natural hazards and dangers.

Safety Tips

Follow these general safety tips for traveling and camping on rugged forest service lands.

Day-use Gear Checklist

Make sure to prepare and plan ahead so you can have a safe trip. Check this handy gear list to make sure you have the ten essentials with you on your trip.  

Bear Safety

The Shoshone National Forest is home to both grizzy and black bears. Please educate yourself about bears and what precautions are necessary when recreating in bear country.

Falling Trees

About 900,000 of the Shoshone's forested acres have been affected by bark beetles or fire. Once the trees are infected or burned, their root systems become extremely weak and shallow, making it easy for them to blow or fall over. Following these guidelines will help you avoid risks.

Rules & Regulations

All visitors and users of the national forests are subject to federal regulations & special rules in designated areas. 

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