Press Release

Forest Services announces annual winter closures for the Caribou-Targhee

Caribou-Targhee National Forest institutes winter travel restriction to protect wildlife
The U.S. Forest Service has announced their annual winter travel restrictions for the Caribou-Targhee National Forest to protect wintering wildlife when they are most vulnerable. 
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 Maps are available at any of the Forest Service offices of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest.  Snowmobilers and winter recreationists are urged to obtain a current map before traveling on the Forest. You can also find maps and other useful information available for free online at:
For questions or more specific information please contact the Forest Service. A list of Ranger Districts is provided below for your convenience. 
Palisades (208-523-1412) – Dec. 15 marks the start of winter travel restrictions. Rainey Creek, areas in the Fall Creek drainage, and National Forest slopes above the South Fork of the Snake River near Heise are examples of areas where no human presence is allowed in order to protect wintering wildlife.  In addition, other portions of the District are closed to all motorized use from December 15 – April 15.  
Ashton-Island Park (208-652-7442) – Beginning Nov. 30, the Ashton-Island Park area will enter their winter travel restrictions. The closure on the Big Bend Ridge is currently in effect until Jan 1 to avoid disturbing migrating wildlife. The majority of south facing slopes along the Teton Mountain Range area are also restricted. Additionally, all groomed snowmobile trails are closed to motorized wheeled vehicles. Groomed cross country ski trails are closed to snowmobiles, dogs and snowshoers.  
Dubois (208-374-5422) –Dubois Ranger District implements their seasonal closures when winter conditions merit. A news release will be issued prior to restrictions beginning. 
Teton Basin (208-354-2312)- Beginning Nov. 30 the majority of south facing slopes on the Teton Mountain Range will be restricted. The gate to Teton Canyon closed Nov. 15. 
The following link will take you directly to the Caribou-Targhee National Forest Website