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Basics to know before you go

The Bridger-Teton National Forest belongs to the public and a goal of ours is to help make visiting the forest fun and safe for everyone. Here are some how-tos to get you started.

Prepare for an adventure on the forest

While there’s a diversity of adventures to be had on the BTNF, there are several things you can do beforehand to make any activity safer and more enjoyable.

Familiarize yourself with the area by looking at Google Earth, paper maps, and online maps. The USDA Forest Service has mobile friendly Forest Service maps available for download via the Avenza Map Store. Some of these maps, which can be used even when you’re out of cell service, are free; others can be purchased individually for about $5 or are downloadable with an Avenza membership. Find a list of BTNF maps and publications here.

Check the weather forecast.

Tell someone your route and planned destination and when you should be back.

Dress for the weather, and carry enough extra clothing that you’re prepared for the worst possible conditions.

Pack water and snacks, and, if you’re planning on a longer adventure, water purification tablets, a water filter, or water sterilization device.

Be Bear Aware by knowing how to use bear spray, properly store food and other animal attractants, and tell the difference between a black and grizzly bear.

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We acknowledge with respect that our facilities are situated on the aboriginal land of the Shoshone Bannock. Eastern Shoshone. Northern Arapaho. Crow. Assiniboine. Sioux. Gros Ventre. Nez Perce.

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