Not only is the Bridger-Teton National Forest home to abundant wildlife but it has unique geologic features as well, such as the Gros Ventre Slide (pronounced “Grow Vaunt”), occurring in 1925 a one mile wide section of mountain collapsed damming the Gros Ventre River and creating Lower Slide Lake. The natural dam burst two years later flooding the small town of Kelly. The lake has since refilled with trees standing in the middle of the water and it is still possible to view the slide itself.
Humans have played an active part in the forest area for nearly 10,000 years. There are numerous habitation sites, hunting sites dating back thousands of years. During the 1800s the area was used extensively by hunters and trappers with several small hunting cabins still visible in the back country. The area also has a long history of outfitting, with many families having guided hunters into the area for more than one generation.
With more than 3 million acres there is something unique for everyone with the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
Shoshone National Forest
This magnificent forest was set aside in 1891, as part of the Yellowstone Timberland Reserve and was the first national forest designated in the United States. Consisting of 2.4 million acres of rugged mountains, meadows, sagebrush flats and forest stretching from the Montana border in the north to Lander, Wyoming in the south, adjacent to Yellowstone National Park and including portions of the Absaroka, Wind River and Beartooth Mountain Ranges, the Shoshone National Forest has many unique opportunities for hiker, camper and sportsman alike.