Wyoming's National Forests and Grasslands
Begin a tour of the national forests & grasslands of Wyoming by clicking on a forest from the list below.
Bighorn National Forest
Bridger-Teton National Forest
Medicine Bow Forest and Thunder Basin Grassland
Shoshone National Forest
Other National Forests
For a state with such a short history, Wyoming has a lot of firsts, including the first national forest, the Shoshone, designated by Theodore Roosevelt. The forests have provided endless raw materials for the development of the west, from timber for railroad ties to mineral resources for use in manufacturing and energy production. Although the populations of cattle have never reached the highs of the late 1800ís, when the cattle barons got rich from using the free, open grasslands, there are still plenty of cattle and sheep grazing on the public lands.
Most of the forest lands in Wyoming are mountainous, with rivers, streams, and lakes watering the landscape and transforming arid grasslands to wildflower-covered alpine meadows, and scrubby juniper mesas to deep conifer forests of lodgepole pine, Englemann spruce, and Douglas fir. The exception is the Thunder Basin National Grasslands, which is a large section of the great plains, once covered by bison, and now a wilderness of sky and endless horizons.
If you would like more information about specific recreational opportunities on western Wyoming's National Forests, please follow the links below (will open in a new window):
For information on responsible recreation, please visit