Targhee National Forest

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Targhee National Forest

Idaho

(208) 624-3151

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Overview

The Targhee National Forest is located in eastern Idaho and northwestern Wyoming, and has an area of 1,643,501 acres. Caribou and Targhee National Forests were combined from original forest lands created in 1891. There are local ranger district offices located in Ashton, Driggs, Dubois, and Island Park in Idaho. While western sections of the forest have a mixture of sagebrush and grasses, the higher elevations in the east support lodgepole pine, and numerous species of spruce and fir. In addition to grizzlies most of the major megafauna associated with Yellowstone National Park can be found in Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Black bear, wolf, elk, moose, mule deer, bison, mountain lion, and pronghorn have all been seen on forest lands. An active peregrine falcon recovery program was begun to return this bird species to some of their ancestral range. Cutthroat trout, brook trout and pike are found in the streams and lakes and the forest is considered one of the best fishing areas in the world for cutthroat trout. Dozens of campgrounds and 1,600 miles (2,500 km) of trails allow access to much of the forest. There are two trails that access the high altitude Alaska Basin immediately west of the main Teton Range peaks and allow access to trails in Grand Teton National Park.

Map of Targhee Nat'l Forest

Latitude, Longitude: 44.117663, -111.318455

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    From mountain biking to road cycling, get out there and enjoy the time on your bike.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Auto/motorcycle touring available through scenic routes.

  • Camping

    Camping is permitted whether is be dispersed camping, group camping, or campground camping.

  • Fishing

    Cutthroat trout, brook trout and pike are found in the streams and lakes and the forest is considered one of the best fishing areas in the world for cutthroat trout.

  • Hiking

    A scenic hike unlike any other, whether day hiking or backpacking.

  • Horseback Riding

    Plenty of trails that encourage horseback riding.

  • Hunting

    Contact park for more information on hunting rules and regulations.

  • Picnicking

    Picknicking is encouraged, and picnic areas are available.

  • 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

    Winter sports include any thing from snowshoeing, to ice skating, to cross country/downhill skiing. As well as mushing, snowmobilling, and sledding.

Phone Numbers

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(208) 624-3151

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