Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Lower Mesa Falls in Caribou-Targhee National Forest

Caribou-Targhee National Forest occupies more than 2.63 million acres across southeastern Idaho with some small sections crossing into Montana, Wyoming and Utah. A large part of Caribou-Targhee National Forest is included in the 20-million-acre Greater Yellowstone Natural Ecosystem. This is an area of rugged mountains, volcanic landscapes, fertile valleys, raging rivers, abundant and varied wildlife, wilderness, campgrounds, solitude, scenery and adventure.

Typical of the Yellowstone area, wildlife in the Forest includes moose, elk, mule deer, white-tailed deer, grizzly bear, black bear, gray wolf, bison, mountain lion, bobcat and pronghorn.

The western portions of the Forest tend to be sage grasslands while the eastern prtions rise up in the mountains to be covered with big pines, firs, spruce and aspen.

There are more than 1,600 miles of trails to explore the forest and dozens of campgrounds to assist in that exploration.

Typical river view in Caribou-Targhee National Forest
A typical river view in the Forest

Caribou-Targhee is home to or is crossed by several national historic, recreational and scenic trails, backways and byways. Among them are:

Mountain goat

Wilderness Areas

Staff at Caribou-Targhee National Forest also manage Curlew National Grassland, a 47,790-acre property in Oneida and Power Counties, in southern Idaho against the Utah border. The Grassland acreage was assembled between 1934 and 1942 with a plan to improve the soil and vegetation in the area. Today Curlew National Grassland is rather famous for its sage and sharp-tail grouse breeding grounds, sometimes with up to 60 grouse strutting their stuff on a single lek (breeding area). "Drumming season" happens during the months of March and April.

A sage grouse lek at Curlew National Grassland
A Curlew National Grassland sage grouse lek
Sage grouse drumming in the snow
Sage grouse drumming in the snow
Photos and small icons courtesy of the US Forest Service  
A view of Fall Creek Falls
Fall Creek Falls