Shoshone National Forest Asks Wyomingites To Plan, Be Aware

Shoshone National Forest Asks Wyomingites To Plan, Be Aware

Written by on May 17, 2021

Shoshone National Forest is preparing for another busy summer, but the key to recreation begins with the choices of Wyomingites to stay safe and responsible.

As the weather begins warming and campgrounds start opening, forest officials ask visitors to recreate responsibly by planning, respecting road and area closures, knowing current fire restrictions, and abiding by the food storage order.

Visitation to the Shoshone National Forest is expected to be high again this year, and the demand for developed campsites is also predicted to be great. Please do your part by planning and having contingency plans in place in case your favorite campground is already full.

Shoshone National Forest sign

Many campgrounds in Shoshone National Forest will have staggered openings over the next month.

  • Sinks Canyon and Horse Creek Campgrounds open May 20
  • Clearwater, Eagle Creek, and Rex Hale Campgrounds open May 21
  • Dead Indian Campground is already open but will begin taking fees on May 27
  • Falls and Louis Lake Campgrounds opens June 4
  • Brooks Lake and Pinnacles Campgrounds opens June 18

To learn more about opening dates for Shoshone National Forest campgrounds, visit

As America’s first national forest, the Shoshone National Forest has 2.4 million acres of diverse terrain and a mission to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the forest to meet the needs of present and future generations.

Preventing human-wildlife conflicts continues to be a priority for forest officials, especially as more people begin exploring and using campgrounds.

“It is vitally important that visitors to the Shoshone National Forest understand the food storage order that we have in place,” said Shoshone National Forest Supervisor Lisa Timchak. “Please take the time to familiarize yourself with this information before your visit to ensure you take steps to help us lessen human-wildlife conflicts.” To learn more about the food storage order, visit

Additionally, some roads remain closed to mitigate damage to the motorized system during spring run-off. Please respect these road closures and learn more about road opening dates by visiting or by downloading Shoshone National Forest Motor Vehicle Use Maps for free on the Avenza app on your smartphone or tablet.

For additional information on the Shoshone National Forest, visit, follow us on Twitter (@ShoshoneNF), or like us on Facebook (US Forest Service – Shoshone National Forest).


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