The Caribou-Targhee National Forest begirds a total area of 2,630,716 acres of protected forest land in southeastern Idaho, with small portions in Utah and Wyoming. Some of the cities and town in the area include Ashton, Idaho Falls, Montpelier, Pocatello, Soda Springs and Malad City. You can use several routes to access the forest including US 91 and US 191.
The park was established in 1903 and is managed by the U.S. Forest Service. Caribou-Targhee National Forest is adjacent to Yellowstone and Grand Teton national parks. Several features make the Caribou-Targhee National Forest a unique place to visit. Some of these features are as follows. First, the forest includes the 115,000-acre Jedediah Smith Wilderness.
Furthermore, the forest land encompasses all, or parts, of several distinct mountain ranges including Beaverhead, Lemhi, Bitterroot, Centennial, Snake River ranges, Henry's Lake, Teton, Big Hole, and Caribou. Additionally, the Caribou-Targhee National Forest is also home to the Minnetonka Cave, which is one of just two public caves managed by the US Fish & Wildlife Service.
Besides these scenic features in the Caribou-Targhee National Forest, the protected lands have a lot more to offer visitors who love to enjoy the outdoors. Some of the amenities available to visitors include dispersed camping, group camps, interpretive displays, cabins, campgrounds, trails (1200 miles), and three ski areas for public use.
Activities that visitors can enjoy in the forest land include hunting, camping, fishing, boating, bicycling, hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, rafting, cross-country and downhill skiing, and snowmobiling. Dogs and their owners are welcome to visit Caribou-Targhee National Forest but should be aware that there are some restrictions that they must observe.
For example, dogs are not allowed in some sections of the forest. Also, in areas of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest that are pet or dog-friendly, dog owners must ensure that their dogs are on a leash that is no longer than six feet long. Additionally, all dog owners are expected to clean up after their dogs and dispose of the poop in the right manner.