Welcome to the Shoshone National Forest

View of expansive forested river valley

The Shoshone National Forest offers superb scenery and endless recreational opportunities! The Shoshone National Forest was set aside in 1891 as part of the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve, making the Shoshone the first national forest in the United States. It consists of some 2.4 million acres of varied terrain ranging from sagebrush flats to rugged mountains. The higher mountains are snow-clad most of the year. Immense areas of exposed rock are interspersed with meadows and forests. With Yellowstone National Park on its western border, the Shoshone encompasses the area from the Montana state line south to Lander, Wyoming, and includes portions of the Absaroka, Wind River, and Beartooth Mountains. 


Pack Goat use on the Shoshone National Forest

Pack goats are allowed on certain portions of the Shoshone National Forest; however, there is an application process in place to obtain a permit to use these animals. Updated 12/27/2021

Cross Country Skiing Areas

One way to explore your public lands in the winter is by cross country skiing. This unique way of experiencing nature can be done through a variety of groomed trails on the Shoshone National Forest...


Outdoor Safety and Ethics

Grizzly Bear

Outdoor safety is a key consideration when visiting the Shoshone National Forest.