Shoshone National Forest in Wyoming

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Shoshone National Forest

The Shoshone National Forest, originally part of the Yellowstone Timberland reserve near Cody Wyoming, is 2.5 million acres of stunning terrain ranging from rugged mountains to sagebrush, perfect for a wide range of outdoor activities.

  • The Shoshone National Forest is an easy drive from Cody, Wyoming and boasts a diverse landscape lending itself to numerous outdoor activities.
  • Enjoy fishing, camping and amazing scenery.
  • Skiing, snowmobiling and ice climbing are available during the winter months.

What can I do and see in the Shoshone National Forest?

  • Camping: There are roughly 10 campgrounds just west of Cody along the North Fork of the Shoshone River. Many are first come, first served, but a few offer advanced reservations: Big Game, Rex Hale, and Wapiti.
  • Ranches and Lodges: Between Cody and East Yellowstone, discover a unique place to stay at one of many guest ranches.
  • Whitewater Rafting: A few local rafting companies offer day trips for whitewater rafting along the Shoshone River.
  • Hiking: There are a number of fantastic hiking trails in the Wapiti District.
  • Fishing: Wade or float the waters of the North Fork of the Shoshone River for great rainbow and cutthroat trout fishing.

Where is the Shoshone National Forest?

The Shoshone National Forest spans from the Montana Wyoming border south to Lander, Wyoming. It is flanked by Yellowstone National Park and Bridger Teton National Forest on the west and the towns of Cody, Meeteetse, Dubois, and Lander along the east. From Cody, the easiest access into the forest is through the Wapiti Ranger District. Head west past Buffalo Bill State Park along the North Fork of the Shoshone River where you'll find many campgrounds and opportunities for fishing and hiking.

Who can I contact for more information?

Contact the Shoshone National Forest District at 307-527-6241 or visit them online.

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