The Shoshone National Forest is reminding visitors to use care when recreating on your public lands this fall. While this is a great time to visit your public lands, it is important to remember that temperatures fluctuate and weather systems may bring winter snows, so plan ahead and be prepared. Precipitation is possible this weekend; however, vegetation remains dry, so ensure you practice good campfire safety by fully extinguishing any warming fires before leaving the area.
Dispersed camping is very popular this time of year; there is a stay limit of 16 days for both campgrounds and dispersed sites on the Shoshone National Forest. Additionally, dispersed camping is not allowed within half a mile of US Highway 14/16/20, commonly referred to as the North Fork Highway. You can learn more about these regulations online at by clicking here.
Along with dispersed camping, several campgrounds remain open on the Shoshone National Forest:
- Clarks Fork District – Hunter Peak Campground and Dead Indian Campground
- Wapiti District – Deer Creek Campground, Elk Fork Campground, and Wapiti Campground
- Greybull District – Brown Mountain Campground, Jack Creek Campground, & Wood River Campground
- Washakie District & Wind River District – All campgrounds remain open until closed by snow; no fees collected as services have ended
As seasonal closures of roads begin to occur, please take the time before you head out to ensure you know which roads remain open and abide by any closures that are in place. By staying on open systems roads, you are helping to minimize impacts and damage to resources. You can pick up a Motor Vehicle Use Map at one of our offices, view them online here, or download them onto your mobile device via the Avenza application.
For the safety of all visitors to the Shoshone National Forest and wildlife, proper food storage is essential. This includes properly storing food and all attractants in provided bear proof boxes in campgrounds, in a bear-resistant container certified through the Interagency Grizzly Bear Committee Courtesy Inspection Program, in a closed vehicle, or suspending items at least 10 feet above the ground and four feet horizontally from any supporting tree or pole. More specific information on proper food and attractant storage is available online here.