Travel Management Plan on Shoshone National Forest
Aug 17, 2016
Not only is Shoshone National Forest America's first national forest, it also flanks the east side of Yellowstone National Park providing valuable fall-winter-spring habitat to many of Yellowstone's summer wildlife residents. Consisting of 2.4 million acres, the Shoshone National Forest provides year-round habitat to more than 335 species of wildlife. The Forest offers a spectrum of unique backcountry recreational opportunities here, accessing a diverse range of terrain from sagebrush steppe to high elevation mountain peaks.
The Shoshone National Forest is undergoing a travel management plan for motorized recreation. The forest currently offers spectacular motorized riding opportunities and our conservation partners are concerned that expanding the existing route system will threaten vital wildlife habitat. Most of the popular loops exist in the south zone of the forest where there is a rich logging history; while the north zone contains several famous one-way/destination routes. North of Cody, the renowned Morrison Jeep Trail begins at 4,600 feet at the mouth of Clarks Fork Canyon, passing through part of the Wild and Scenic River Corridor before climbing up to the other end at the Beartooth All-American Road across from Long Lake at 9,644 feet. Another less technical ride, but also historic and scenic, is west of Meeteetse. It follows the Wood River through towers of steep rugged mountains to an abandoned mining town called Kirwin.
Our partners are working to maintain the balance between providing ample recreational opportunities for motorized and non-motorized users, while protecting habitat for elk, grizzly bear, and less iconic wildlife - ensuring a diverse and healthy ecosystem.