It’s All Yours - Go. Play. Spring


These lands are a gift. Congress began conserving these lands back in 1891 for all of us. More than 100 years later, this gift continues to inspire, restore, and provide. From offering nearly endless ways to play to providing water, clean air, and resources for millions, each of the 174 forests and grasslands highlights the best of America’s public lands heritage. The U.S. Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation work to steward these lands on your behalf. So pick a spot, choose an activity, and go. play. Visit for more information.


Photo of a field of yellow flowers with snow-capped mountain peak in the background taken by John Shelly. Photo of water in a grassy meadow surrounded by pine trees on the Sawtooth NRA Photo of Yellow Christ's Indian Paintbrush in a meadow of purple flowers on Mt. Harrison. Photo of 2 people using a cross cut saw to cut a log in the Sawtooth NRA


The Sawtooth National Forest is a very special place here in the heart of Idaho. We hope you will take the time to learn about this "working/producing" National Forest. Managing and protecting your land is most challenging - not only because of the vastness of this land, but because of the varied, and sometimes conflicting, interests and values that you the owners of this land hold near and dear. Managing and protecting this land, for today and as well as future generations, means listening and working with other agencies, implementing the laws mandated by Congress, exercising our best professional judgment and working with you, the shareholders of this National Forest. We sincerely hope that you will always feel free to question what and how we are doing, and more importantly become involved in our processes as we plan and make decisions regarding the management of this National Forest. We are the stewards of your land - a job that we take a great deal of pride and satisfaction in. If at any time there is anything we can do to help make your time here more enjoyable our employees are here to serve you.


All Visitors to the Sawtooth National Forest Service Facilities Must Adhere to New COVID-19 Procedures


Jerome, Idaho

March 19, 2020


 Continuing our service to you while doing our part to address the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic is very important. At this time, all cabin rentals on our local national forest will close to ensure safe social distancing. Reservation holders will be contacted via email or phone. While access to the forest remains open, we are asking all visitors to self-assess using the following USDA provided questions before entering our facilities:

  • Have you, someone living in your household, someone with you, someone you have been in close or frequent contact with, or someone you are caring for been diagnosed with COVID-19 or had any contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
  • do you currently have, or have you had within the last 24 hours, any cold or flu symptoms, including a fever greater than 100.4, shortness of breath, body aches and coughing?

if the answer to all of these questions is ‘no,’ please call your local ranger district for assistance in obtaining entrance to the office. this may include setting up an appointment to enhance social distancing and minimize the number of visitors in our office at one time.

if any of the answers to the questions are ‘yes,’ we ask that you still call one of the numbers below so we may see how we may assist your need through other means besides face-to-face.

we appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of covid-19.

Minidoka Ranger District – 208-678-0430

Fairfield Ranger District – 208-764-3202

Ketchum Ranger District – 208-622-0091

Stanley Ranger Station – 208-774-3000

Sawtooth National Recreation Area

Headquarters – 208-727-5000

Forest Supervisor's Office - 208-423-7500

Our top priority will always be the health and safety of our visitors, permittees, employees and communities where we live, work and play. We understand this is a rapidly evolving situation. Please remember to review current recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and focus on recreating safely on your public lands while protecting yourself, Forest Service employees and our volunteers. If you have questions or concerns about how this might affect your situation, please do not hesitate to reach out to your local district ranger office.


The Sawtooth National Forest has published its Biennial Monitoring Evaluation Report

Biennial Monitoring Evaluation Report for Fiscal Years 2016-2017.

The Forest revised its Forest Plan monitoring program in 2016 to align with requirements of the 2012 Planning Rule, which is codified in 36 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 219.


Southwest Idaho Interagency Fuels Treatments

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Greater Sage-Grouse  Conservation

Summary of Comments to Amend Sage-Grouse Plans

Male Sage-Grouse Struting

The Intermountain and Rocky Mountain Regions of the Forests Service incorporated standards and guidelines for the conservation of greater sage-grouse into forest plans in 2015. As plans have been implemented, potential inefficiencies and difficulties were identified. Comments were requested on an initial Notice of Intent (NOI), and a supplemental NOI to revise the 2015 plans in 2017 and 2018.  Those comments were used to create a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to amend forest plans.  The public comment period for the DEIS ended on January 3, 2019. The comments received have been summarized into a Report.

View the latest news about the Forest Service’s Greater Sage-Grouse conservation efforts.


For  information about wildfires and fire restrictions on the Sawtooth National Forest visit:

Fires in the Intermountain Region - InciWeb

The map below is produced by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group and is hosted on the National Fire Situational Awareness page, where users may access the map in a full browser view. Additional incident specific information may also be accessed at InciWeb.



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Using Drones on National Forest System Lands

Rules and Responsibilities


Social Media

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Facebook: U.S. Forest Service – Sawtooth National Forest

Sawtooth NF Twitter: @SawtoothNatlFS

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Hunting information:

Idaho smoke information:

Daily Idaho Satellite Smoke Analysis:

Fire Restrictions:


Recent News


Sawtooth Virtual Tour

The Sawtooth National Forest has many beautiful sights and historical locations available for exploration.

Decision Notice of the Hemingway-Boulders & White Clouds Management

Map showing the wilderness boundary

The three areas protected by the Wilderness Act are the Hemingway-Boulders Wilderness, the White Clouds Wilderness, which will be managed as part of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, and the Jim McClure-Jerry Peak Wilderness which will continue to be managed by the Bureau of Land Management and the Salmon-Challis National Forest.


Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact Hemingway-Boulders & Cecil D. Andrus-White Clouds Wilderness Management Plan 

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