TARGHEE NATIONAL FOREST
Made up of units in southwest Idaho and also Wyoming, this National Forest borders on Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park, and includes a segment of the Continental Divide.
There are high and rugged mountain ranges here with elevations over 10,000 feet, glacial cirques, steep cliffs and canyons, lakes and ponds, rivers, and streams with waterfalls. Two designated wilderness areas are in the Wyoming portion.
Included as well are areas of alpine tundra and grassy meadows, lodgepole pine and Douglas fir forests, plus sagebrush and semidesert vegetation. Wildlife includes elk, moose, grizzly and black bear, deer, bighorn sheep, and mountain lion.
Activities: Backpacking and hiking are possible on more than 1,200 miles of trails, including a section of the Continental Divide Trail (see entry page 145). Difficulty varies from easy to strenuous. High elevations are normally snow-free only during summer months.
Horseback riding is allowed on many trails, as is mountain biking outside of wilderness areas. Rafting, kayaking, and canoeing are available on the Big Springs National Recreation Water Trail and several rivers.
Cross-country skiing is possible on some trails during the snow season. Rock climbing is also available. Ample fishing is found along streams and lakes, and hunting is allowed in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is permitted in most of the forest, except where otherwise prohibited. In wilderness areas campsites should be a minimum of 50 feet from streams and 200 feet from lakes.
Campfires are generally allowed, but they’re prohibited in some parts of wilderness areas. Permits are necessary only for commercial and organizational groups.
For Further Information: Targhee National Forest, P.O. Box 208, St. Anthony, ID 83445; (208)624-3151.
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