Recreation

Photograph of the Shoshone River

From expansive wilderness and back country areas that provide a refuge from everyday life, to campgrounds and picnic sites along travel corridors and in the front country, the Shoshone is a forest for recreation.

Serving as the eastern gateway to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, the Shoshone provides many opportunities for people to connect with nature.

The Shoshone offers over 1,300 miles of trails, 32 campgrounds, and 11 picnic sites. Four Scenic Byways traverse the Shoshone, offering spectacular views of rugged mountain peaks, expansive plateaus awash in wildflowers, glaciers, rivers and streams, and unparalleled wildlife watching.

So, what are you waiting for? Pack up your family and friends and head for adventure in Wyoming’s great outdoors at Shoshone National Forest.

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Beartooth Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Big Game Campground Closed to Visitor Campground opens May 27, 2021
Blackwater Pond Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Brooks Lake Campground Closed to Visitor No fees charged after Sept. 8, 2020. Campground will remain open with limited services until snow impedes travel.
Brooks Lake Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Brown Mountain Campground Closed to Visitor Campground opens May 14, 2021
Bruce Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Clay Butte Lookout Closed to Visitor
Clearwater Campground Closed to Visitor Campground opens May 21, 2021
Clearwater Group Site Closed to Visitor Campground opens May 21, 2021
Crazy Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Dead Indian Campground Open to Visitor Fees begin May 27, 2021 and run through September 13, 2021. One loop will stay open year round
Deer Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campground open year round
Dickinson Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Double Cabin Campground Closed to Visitor No fees charged after Sept. 8, 2020. Campground will remain open with limited services until snow impedes travel.
Eagle Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Campground opens May 21, 2021
Eagle Creek Trailhead Open to Visitor
Elk Fork Campground Open to Visitor Campground open year round
Falls Campground Closed to Visitor
Fiddlers Lake Campground Closed to Visitor No fees charged after Sept. 8, 2020. Campground will remain open with limited services until snow impedes travel.
Fishhawk Trailhead Open to Visitor Fishhawk Trailhead is open year-round. However, after September, there are no services provided. 
Fox Creek Campground - Closed Closed to Visitor Closed for 2021
Horse Creek Campground Closed to Visitor No fees charged after Sept. 8, 2020. Campground will remain open with limited services until snow impedes travel.
Horse Creek Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Hugh Otte Camping Area Open to Visitor
Hunter Peak Campground Closed to Visitor
Island Lake Campground Closed to Visitor
Jack Creek Campground Open to Visitor Campground open year round
Lake Creek Campground Closed to Visitor
Lily Lake Camping Area Open to Visitor
Little Popo Agie Campground Closed to Visitor
Little Sunlight Camping Area Open to Visitor
Louis Lake Campground Closed to Visitor No fees charged after Sept. 8, 2020. Campground will remain open with limited services until snow impedes travel.
Louis Lake Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Newton Creek Campground Closed to Visitor Campground opens May 21,2021
Newton Spring Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Pahaska Trailhead Open to Visitor
Pinnacles Campground Closed to Visitor No fees charged after Sept. 8, 2020. Campground will remain open with limited services until snow impedes travel.
Reef Creek Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Rex Hale Campground Closed to Visitor Campground opens May 21, 2021
Sinks Canyon Campground Closed to Visitor
Sleeping Giant Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Sunlight Creek Picnic Site Open to Visitor
Sunlight Ranger Cabin Closed to Visitor
Threemile Campground Closed to Visitor Campground opens July 1, 2021
Trail Lake Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Wapiti Campground Closed to Visitor Campground opens May 14, 2021
Wapiti Wayside Closed to Visitor
Wind River Lake Picnic Site Closed to Visitor
Wood River Campground Closed to Visitor Campground opens May 14, 2021
Worthen Meadow Campground Closed to Visitor No fees charged after Sept. 8, 2020. Campground will remain open with limited services until snow impedes travel.
Worthen Meadow Picnic Site Closed to Visitor


https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/shoshone/recreation