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.
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.