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 in Yellowstone.
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 fish-able reservoirs and many streams, creeks, and rivers are located in the 110 mile length and 105 mile breadth of this travel region.
Conservation and Reclamation
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.
Caribou/Targhee National Forest
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 at ReserveAmerica.com.