Caribou-Targhee National Forest
The Caribou-Targhee National Forest covers 1,000,000
acres and offers a host of recreational opportunities
including 28 Campgrounds, 1200 miles of hiking trails,
and 250 miles of streams for your enjoyment.
The forest is headquarted in Idaho Falls with District
Offices in Malad, Soda Springs, and Montpelier. The
Districts oversee a host of multiple uses including
grazing of sheep and cattle while maintaining habitat
for elk, deer, moose, and small game, large phosphate
mines, water yield and timber harvest.
The Highline National Recreational
Trail offers one exploration opportunity few
others allow. It runs the upper ridge of the
Bear River Range for 55 miles from Soda Point to
Beaver Creek in Utah.
Because it runs the ridge, ups and downs are minimal
for mountain terrain and the views are nothing short
of breathtaking. The trail is open to hiking,
camping, trail bikes, horses, snowmobiles in season,
and in some areas to ATV's. Snowmobilers
will find it free of many of the restrictions found
Fishing Spots in Southeast Idaho - There
are several reservoirs on and near the Caribou-Targhee
National Forest that provide excellent angling opportunities.
Fishing in the region is bountiful. If you stay
on the Interstate highways you'll see very little
of the abundance of waters which make the area a Mecca
for dedicated fishermen winter and summer.
Thirty one fishable reservoirs and many streams, creeks,
and rivers are located in the 110 mile length and 105
mile breadth of this travel region. Map
of local fishing spots.
On the Caribou many areas were overgrazed allowing
tarweed and mule's ear to take over. In 2002, the
Forest Service teamed up with researchers and began
and effort to restore the tall forbs community (wild
flowers) within the Caribou forest. As you can see
in the photo on the left, the seedling plants are now
vigorous and reproducing.
Suite 282, Federal Building
250 S. 4th Avenue
Pocatello, ID 83201
Phone: (208) 236-7500
Local Forest Service Offices in
Malad, Montpelier, Pocatello or Soda Springs. Our forest
is full of beautiful campgrounds with picnic tables,
restrooms, and fire pits. You can find and view Forest
Service Campgrounds in Southeast Idaho and make reservations