The Shoshone National Forest contains some of the most rugged, remote and scenic areas in the country. The Forest is an integral portion of the 10-million-acre Greater Yellowstone Area, and is located in Wyoming.

The Shoshone National Forest is a unique and special place. Elevations on the Shoshone range from 4,600 feet at the mouth of the spectacular Clarks Fork Canyon to 13,804 feet on Gannett Peak, Wyoming's highest point. With terrain ranging from sagebrush flats to rugged mountain peaks, the Shoshone encompasses an area from the Montana state line south to Lander, Wyoming. The western boundary of the Forest ends at Yellowstone National Park, the crest of the Continental Divide.

Three mountain ranges, hundreds of alpine lakes, rushing streams, backcountry trails, scenic roads and a plethora of wildlife provide diverse recreation opportunities. Hunting, fishing, camping, backpacking, mountain climbing, ice climbing, horseback riding, rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, motor touring, photography, wildlife viewing, skiing and snowmobiling are some of the activities that can be enjoyed on the Shoshone.

The Shoshone National Forest works hand-in-hand with recreation businesses to provide a wide variety of outdoor recreation experiences. You don't need to buy a mule to enjoy the Shoshone!! You can take a pack trip, stay at a rustic lodge, learn to fish or enjoy a variety of other adventures with the Resorts and Outfitters of the Shoshone National Forest.

This Forest is named for the Shoshoni Indians who lived in this area. The Arapahoe, Blackfeet, Commanche, Crow, Nez Perce, Northern Cheyenne, and Souix tribes also hunted, traveled, traded and fought in the area.

The ghost town of Kirwin, an early-day mining town, is a window to the past, recalling one of the colorful eras in Wyoming's history. The remains of tie hack flumes and cabins on the southern end of the forest are reminders of another era during which millions of railroad ties were produced.


Shoshone statistics


Nearest large Urban Area:
Billings, Salt Lake City

Notes & Conditions:
Research campground locations and amenities at the U.S. National Forest Campground Directory. The Web site is full of pictures and detailed descriptions to help you plan your next trip.

If you want to experience a guided recreation trip in a National Forest, visit Adventure Vacation to learn about whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, horseback riding, camping, hiking and fishing trips.

Permits, passes, fees:
Visit the National Forest Store to see what maps are available for this Forest and others you may want to visit.

First-timer's adventure:
Drive the Buffalo Bill Cody Scenic Byway, which travels U.S. Highway 14-16-20 along the North Fork of the Shoshone River through the Wapiti Valley to the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park.

Contact Info:
808 Meadow Lane
Cody, WY 82414


Telephone for the Hearing Impaired: 307-578-1294

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January 23 2008 6:06 PM | Marsha Merriman said…

Spent two weeks at Tripe E Ranch in DuBois. Went trailriding on horses thu the Shosone National Forest. Breathtaking!

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