Shoshone National Forest Looks to Partner with Outfitters and Guides

Written by on January 27, 2020

Are you an outdoor recreation outfitter or guide? The Shoshone National Forest wants to hear from you.

The Forest has announced their interest in providing new avenues for visitors to experience Wyoming’s wilderness through permitted recreational activities. To accomplish this, they are actively soliciting any interest from business and individuals that would like to extend their reach outward from Cody, Dubois, and Lander into the country’s first national forest.

There’s an extensive list of opportunities Forest officials are currently considering, and more can be added depending on the feedback they hope to receive from the operations they’re looking to forge partnerships. Any group is encouraged to submit a proposal with their vision for adventure. And remember – these are all opportunities that will not only contribute to the burgeoning outdoor recreation industry in Wyoming, but to the economies of the communities like Cody adjacent to the forest. Seems like a lot of lucrative potential.

Activities being considered for new service permits include:
• Climbing activities such as mountaineering, sport climbing and ice climbing in the following areas: Wild Iris, Sinks Canyon, Little Popo Agie, and Gannett Peak as well as other areas within the Wind River Ranger District, the South Fork of the Shoshone River corridor, and the Clarks Fork area;
• Non-motorized trail based activities such as mountain biking and trail running on the Washakie and Wapiti Ranger Districts;
• Motorized activities limited to Forest Service roads and motorized trails, such as ATV/UTV/OHV activities or shuttle services to transport individuals on/off the Shoshone National Forest; and
• Non-motorized water sports such as day-use fishing, paddle boarding, kayaking, or canoeing.

Additional activities may be considered beyond those listed above. For more information on the solicitation process, please contact: Paul Rau (307) 578-5140 or Mike LaFrentz (307) 578-5117. Proposals will be accepted through March 9, 2020.

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.


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