The Shoshone National Forest is located in the western center of Wyoming.
Where is this Forest?


Welcome to the Shoshone National Forest

Clarks Fork RD from Dead Indian Pass

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. 

Recent News


2017 Total Solar Eclipse

On the morning of Monday, August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will be occur. Public lands, such as those within the Shoshone National Forest, will likely be popular viewing spots. Please plan in advance.

Campfire safety tips from Smokey Bear

The Shoshone National Forest and Smokey Bear want to remind all visitors to the forest of the proper way to fully extinguish a campfire.

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Cross-country Ski Trails at Willow Creek

Wooden sign

Winter is a great time to explore the Shoshone National Forest.  Cross country skiing provides a unique way of experiencing nature.

List of Day Gear

When going out for a hike, even if just for a few hours, the Shoshone National Forest recommends you take certain items with you for safety and the changing mountain weather.


Hunting on the Shoshone National Forest

 There are a few things you should know before heading out for your hunt on the Shoshone National Forest. Please take the time to learn about our rules before your hunt begins.

Safety Tips

hiker gazing into high alpine lake, mountains reflecting in lake

Whether you are spending a couple hours or a couple days in a national forest, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind.

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Smokey Bear and the fire danger status for today

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