Shoshone National Forest

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Shoshone National Forest

Wyoming

(307) 527-6241

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Things To Do

Overview

Located in the Wind River and Absaroka mountain ranges of northwestern Wyoming, lies the 2.4 million-acre Shoshone National Forest. Elevations range from 4,600-feet near Cody to 13,804-feet atop Gannett Peak, the highest point in Wyoming. The higher mountains are snowclad most of the year. Immense areas of exposed rock are interspersed with meadows and forests. Those who hike into the back country or drive through the North Fork of the Shoshone River Canyon or over the Beartooth Plateau agree that the varied scenery is superlative. All Yellowstone National Park visitors entering from the east or northeast travel through the Forest. There are many resorts and dude ranches within or near the Forest that provide food, lodging, guide, and outfitting services.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of recreational activities in the park. There are numerous trails that accommodate horseback riding, off-highway use, driving and hiking. Visitors can also hunt, fish, camp, stay in cabins, enjoy scenic drives, or picnic. Since the park stretches to so many areas, it is advisable to plan ahead and contact the park for location details.

Map of Shoshone Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 43.986890, -109.546050

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Activities

  • Boating

    Lander contains several sites for non-motorized boating, inlcuding Fiddler's Lake Boating Site and Worthen Meadows Boating Site.

  • Bicycling

    Trails are available for bicycling.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Cody, Lander, and Meeteetse offer areas for scenic drives.

  • Camping

    Electric, sewer, and water hook-ups & showers are not available, most campgrounds have potable water and either flush or vault toilets. There are over 15 campgrounds located throughout the park, so contact the park for details depending on what location visitors desire.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is allowed following Wyoming regulations.

  • Hiking

    Hiking trails are located throughout the park.

  • Historic Sites

    Shoshone National Forst is ruch in history and culture.

  • Horseback Riding

    Horseback riding trails are available in all areas of the park.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is allowed with correct permits.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Beartooth Plateau, Dubois, Lander, and Meeteetse offer OHV use opportunities.

  • Picnicking

    There are two group picnic sites in Cody. There are other picnic sites in the campgrounds.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming areas and non-motorized boating are available.

  • Winter Sports

    Skiing and snowboarding are available in Cody's Sleeping Giant Ski Area. Commercially guided ice climbing trips available in the Wapiti Ranger District. The region is home to the largest concentration of frozen falls in the Lower 48.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(307) 527-6241

Campground reservations

(877) 444-6777

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