Shoshone National Forest

Wilderness Areas

Shoshone National Forest employs a conservation ethic that will ensure wildness for generations to come. More than half of the forest, nearly 1.4 million acres, is designated wilderness in all or part of five different wilderness areas. As in many parts of the forest, the wilderness is fragile. The soil is shallow, the climate is severe and plants grow slowly. Please use care in these areas and practice low impact camping techniques. The district rangers can advise you how to reduce the impact of your visit and have information about trails on their district.

The Shoshone's portion of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, 23,750 acres, lies on the Montana-Wyoming border and the northeastern corner of Yellowstone National Park. Dominated by the high granite plateaus of the Beartooth Mountains, this starkly beautiful country is dotted with hundreds of lakes. The bald rock and alpine tundra are extremely fragile.

The North Absaroka Wilderness, 350,488 acres, lies along the eastern edge of resource Yellowstone National Park. Over 200 miles of trail access this remote, rugged country. Characterized by volcanic mountains, numerous streams, and few lakes, the North Absaroka Wilderness contains excellent wildlife habitat.

The Washakie Wilderness, 704,529 acres, extends from Dubois north to within a short distance of Wyoming Highway 14/16/20 and borders the Teton Wilderness and Yellowstone Park on the west. The Wind River Indian Reservation lies along the southeast border. Its terrain is composed of volcanic pinnacles and formations, deep, narrow valleys, and broad, flat-topped mountains and plateaus.

The Fitzpatrick Wilderness is an extremely rough and rugged area adjacent to the Bridger Wilderness. Much of the 198,838 acre wilderness consists of the bare granite rock of the Wind River Range, and is a place for the hardy and experienced backpacker or horse packer.

The Popo Agie Wilderness, 101,991 acres, lies along the Continental Divide west of Lander. More than 300 lakes dot the granite landscape of high jagged peaks and deep, narrow valleys and canyons.

The Popo Agie and Fitzpatrick Wilderness areas are more heavily used than other backcountry areas on the Shoshone National Forest.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 7 Nov 2011
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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