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The Caribou-Targhee National Forest occupies over 3 million acres and stretches across southeastern Idaho, from the Montana, Utah, and Wyoming borders. This Forest is also home to the Curlew National Grassland. The spectacular scenery of the Forest is easily reached from highways, byways and back doors. The bond between forest and community spans generations through family activities such as camping, hiking, hunting, fishing and riding off-highway vehicles. During the winter, the forest offers vast expanses of untracked powder.

COVID-19 Status

Many employees are teleworking. However, continuing our service to you during this time is very important and we are ready and available to help you! Please contact us at: 208-557-5900 for immediate assistance. For more information about how the Forest Service is responding to COVID-19, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/about-agency/covid19-updates.

Recreation Information

Please consider the following resources when visiting the Forest. 

Campground Reservations

Campground Reservation ThumbnailAs a quick reminder to all visitors frequenting the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, to make reservations for campgrounds and cabins, please use the National Reservation Service at 1-877-444-6777 or www.recreation.gov. Local offices are unable to make or adjust the reservations for patrons.

For questions regarding local conditions, trail status, campgrounds, and cabins, please call the local Ranger District.  The numbers are located here. They have the most up-to-date information on the areas they manage.

Additional information can be found by downloading our Visitors Guide. This is a quick reference for campground and cabin locations, rules as far as reservations, trail names, and other neat things to do on the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.

Maps and Passes

Maps can be purchased online at: https://store.usgs.gov/maps

Annual Passes can be purchased online at: https://store.usgs.gov/recreational-passes

Free Motorized Vehicle Use Maps

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Forest Announces First Great American Outdoors Act Project


The Caribou-Targhee National Forest is excited to announce the launch of the East Mink Creek Recreation Corridor Revitalization Project located in Bannock County using funding under the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA). This project marks the beginning of the Forest’s Great American Outdoor Act Projects in Eastern Idaho/Western Wyoming  

Palisades Water Project

Hauling in supplies on horseback

The Palisades water project is a joint effort with the National Forest Foundation, Anheuser Busch Foundation and countless other volunteers to improve water quality while enhancing recreation in southeastern Idaho. The results of this multi-year endeavor will result in benefits to the agricultural community, water resources and recreating public and shows what can happen when we all work together for the common good. Check out this video to learn more!

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Great American Outdoors Act Projects


Learn more about what the Caribou-Targhee National Forest is doing with funding from the Great American Outdoors Act to improve deferred maintenance issues.

Ashton/Island Park Habitat Improvement Project

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The Forest will improve 27,977 acres of habitat, while enhancing access to motorized and non-motorized trails. Learn more here.


International Year of Caves and Karst

2021 International Year of Cave Logo

2021 is the International Year of Cave and Karst! The Forest is home to many cave and karst landscapes. Join us as we learn about the many ways caves affect the landscape and our lives.

Every Kid Outdoor Program

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Calling all U.S. 4th graders! Did you know you can earn a free pass to explore thousands of America's federal lands and water with your family and friends? Check out this cool program.

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Key Contacts

Sarah Wheeler
Public Affairs Officer
Brian Micklich
Admin. Ops Specialist