Caribou National Forest and Curlew National Grassland

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Caribou National Forest and Curlew National Grassland

Idaho

(208) 523-3278

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Overview

The Caribou National Forest was created in 1907 by President Theodore Roosevelt. The Forest now covers more than 1 million acres in southeast Idaho, with small portions in Utah and Wyoming. The Caribou-Targhee National Forest boasts rugged mountains, fertile valleys, rivers, varied wildlife, campgrounds, wilderness, adventure, solitude and scenery enough to saturate your aesthetic cravings. Highly recommended seeing in this area is Minnetonka Cave. It is in beautiful St. Charles Canyon northwest of Bear Lake; and offers a half-mile of fascinating stalactites, stalagmites, and banded travertine in nine rooms. From mid-June until Labor Day, over 20,000 people visit the Cave and take the guided tours. Minnetonka is one of two caverns administered by the Forest Service. Within St. Charles Canyon are campgrounds and a large group use areas with fishing and hiking nearby. Keep an eye out of resident wildlife such as moose and deer.

Map of Caribou Nat'l Forest & Curlew Nat'l Grassland

Latitude, Longitude: 42.824617, -111.553803

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Activities

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Pick up a Motor Vehicle Use Map, (MVUM Map) from any district office to see all of the trails open to ATV and motorcycle use.

  • Camping

    Many people enjoy the solitude of dispersed camping in the Caribou National Forest and Curlew National Grassland. There is also many camping sites available.

  • Caving

    Highly recommended seeing in this area is Minnetonka Cave. It is in beautiful St. Charles Canyon northwest of Bear Lake; and offers a half-mile of fascinating stalactites, stalagmites, and banded travertine in nine rooms. From mid-June until Labor Day, over 20,000 people visit the Cave and take the guided tours.

  • Fishing

    With blue ribbons fisheries and species of rainbow, eastern brook, brown, and cuttroat trout, as well as kokanee salmon, bluegill, and bass, it is no wonder why the area is a popular fishing area.

  • Hiking

    Many trails are shared by hikers, equestrians, and mountain bikers, please practice trail courtesy while enjoying the majestic views.

  • Historic Sites

    There is much history and culture to take in in Caribou National Forest and Curlew National Grassland.

  • Hunting

    Moose, elk, antelope, white tailed deer, mountian goat, bighorned sheep, black bear, small animals, and game birds are among the species available to hunt in this region with valid license and permits.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is encouraged in this beautiful forest and grassland.

  • RVing

    Rving is permitted, contact park for more information.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The forest has a variety of wildlife for observation when recreating. Some of the common animals found on the Forest include the black bear, coyote, elk, deer, trumpeter swan, bald eagle, antelope, big horn sheep, and mountain goats.

  • Winter Sports

    With over 200 miles of backcountry skiing trails, cross country skiing is a very popular winter sport, as well as snowmobiling, and other winter snow play.

Directions

Driving

Located east of Pocatello, major access routes are US Highway 30 via I15 and State Highway 34.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(208) 523-3278

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