- The Caribou National Forest is home to elk, deer and moose, but not caribou. The Forest is named for Caribou Mountain, a prominent landmark in southeast Idaho. The Caribou National Forest is characterized by several north-south mountain ranges of the Overthrust Belt. The Forest has approximately 250 miles of streams and 8,100 acres of lakes and reservoirs. The visitor will encounter both timbered and sagebrush covered slopes. The Curlew National Grasslands near Malad are also administered by the Forest and are known for their upland game birds.
The Caribou has many special features for the visitor to enjoy. The Boundary Trail on the Westside Ranger District offers both timbered and open settings to view the surrounding area from 6,500 feet. It is a 35 mile loop with seven road access points, allowing visitors to hike or motorcycle a portion of the trail.
Wrights Creek National Recreation Trail runs north and south for 12 miles in the Elkhorn Mountain Range from Summit Campground to Wright's Creek. This trail is open to all uses and activities.
The Lander Trail, on the Soda Springs Ranger District, is an historic wagon road listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Trail Canyon is a good all season recreation area with trails, a picnic area and warming hut.
The 55 mile Highline National Recreation Trail runs through the beautiful Bear River Mountain Range, from Soda Point to Beaver Campground, near the Utah line. It has several access points. Minnetonka Cave in St. Charles Canyon is another big attraction in this part of the Forest.
Close to Pocatello is a vast system of trails, picnic and camping areas. The Mink Creek Recreation Area offers trails for all uses, including some for motorized vehicle use. In the winter, miles of trails are groomed for cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Cherry Springs Nature Area in Mink Canyon offers a fully accessible nature trail and picnic area.
Recreation - The Caribou offers an ample variety of outdoor recreation activities which include camping, fishing, boating, hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, trailbike riding, hunting, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Campgrounds on the Caribou vary in scenic atmosphere and type of facilities. Most are located in wooded areas with good access roads. There are approximately 1,200 miles of hiking and backpacking trails. The Caribou has about 250 miles of streams and 8,100 acres of lakes and reservoirs.
Winter recreation is growing in popularity on the Forest. Pebble Creek Ski Area is located on the west side of Mt. Bonneville, near Inkom, Idaho. There are several snowmobiling and cross-country ski trails on the Forest. Over 300 miles of winter trails are groomed.
Climate - Weather on the Salmon-Challis National Forest varies with elevation. Summers tend to bring clear days, with afternoon thunderstorms possible. Daytime highs are normally warm to moderate, with relatively cool to cold nights, depending on elevation. Winter can bring cold temperatures with heavy snows, especially at the high elevations. Sunny days are common between winter storms.
The Caribou National Forest is located in southeastern Idaho, with small portions in Utah and Wyoming. The Forest is headquartered in Pocatello, and has district offices in Malad, Montpelier, Soda Springs.