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Caribou Loop Trail

Saturday, May 21, 2022

Other Names

Caribou-targhee National Forest, Soda Springs Ranger District, Bridger-teton National Forest, Greys River Ranger District

Last Known StatusOpen

This trail system crosses the borders of Idaho into Wyoming and back for a 200 mile loop. The route winds by rugged snow capped mountains, green meadows, creeks, rivers, lakes and a beautiful mixed aspen and pine tree forest. The trail is mostly gravel hard pack with occasional muddy sections and loose chunk rock but was designed to be a leisure type ride, making it perfect for beginners or those on dual sport motorcycles.

The main loop is marked every three miles with a carsonite pole, which makes it easy to stay on the designated route. The route also has 20 side trails that are wide enough for smaller vehicles that are 50 inches or less in width. There are also five designated staging areas that allow overnight camping plus numerous Forest Service campgrounds along the route that permit direct offroad access.

Since the trail crosses both Idaho and Wyoming state lines, visitors need to obtain both Idaho and Wyoming offroad stickers.

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Permit RequiredYesIdaho OHV Registration Sticker and WY ORV Sticker
Dates OpenJune through late fall
Other ATV Stickers AcceptedNoA non-resident registration sticker must be purchased. (As of January 2020, Idaho no longer honors stickers from other states.)
Spark ArrestorYesA spark arresting exhaust silencer or end cap is required for all vehicles.
Noise Limit
Whip FlagsNot Required
Maximum Vehicle WidthYes (66 inches)has entrance gate or posts
Allow Dirt Bikes, Trail Bikes and Motorcycles Motorcycles & Dirt BikesPermitted
Allow All Terrain Vehicles / Quads / Four Wheelers ATVsPermitted
Allow Utility Terrain Vehicles, Side by Sides (SXS), RZR UTV & SXSPermitted(maximum width 66 inches)
Allow 4x4 Jeeps, SUVs and 4 x 4 Trucks with License Plates 4x4 & Jeeps (registered)Prohibited
Dune Buggy & Sand Rail
4x4 (unregistered)
2 Stroke EnginesNo Restriction
Camping / Overnight RV Parking CampingSome Areas(camp in developed sites only)
Campfire Restrictions Campfires
Night RidingUnknown
Trail BlazingProhibitedriders must stay on trail
Rule Enforcement


AreaMotorized Trails
LandNational Forest




Our RatingRatingGood
Recommended Stay1-2 Days
Comments(Scroll Down For Rider Reviews & Comments)


Nearest CitySoda Springs, ID
AddressTincup Road, Wayan, ID 83285
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Trail MapGo To Trail Map
From: Soda Springs, ID
For Tincup/Bridge Creek Staging Area:
1) Take Hwy 34 North about 43 miles
2) Turn left on Tincup Road, stage here.

From Alpine, WY:
For McCoy Creek/Hwy 89 Staging Area:
1) Take Hwy 89 South about 3 miles
2) Staging area is on the right (west).

For Alpine/Greys River Staging Area:
1) From Hwy 89 take Trail Drive east about 1 mile
2) Staging area is on the left.

For Smith Fork Staging Area:
1) Take Hwy 89 South about 45 miles
2) Turn left (east) onto FS Road 10072/Smith Fork Road
3) Continue .4 miles
4) Staging area is on the left.


Contact InfoCaribou-targhee National Forest, Soda - Springs Ranger District
1405 Hollipark Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83401
(208) 557-5900
Contact InfoBridger - Teton National Forest - Greys River Ranger District
671 North Washington Street
Afton, WY 83110
(307) 886-5300
Contact InfoCaribou Loop Trail
159 S Main
Soda Springs, ID 83276
(208) 317-7289


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Caribou Loop Trail

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Miles Of Trail200
Climate TypeForest
Elevation5600 to 9300 ft.
Trail MaintenanceMarked, Not Rated, Heavily Maintained
Loose DirtThis trail has little loose dirt.Little
Hard PackThe trail has mostly hard pack terrain.Mostly
SandThis trail has no sandy areas.None
MudThe trail has little mud after it rains.Little
DustThe trail has little dust on typical days.Little
RocksThis trail has little rocks.Little
TreesThe trail has almost all trees.All
Steep HillsThis trail has some steep hills.Some
Water CrossingsThe trail has few water crossings.Few
Small JumpsThis trail has no small jumps.None
Large JumpsThis trail has no large jumps.None
BermsThe trail has no berms.None
Sand/Gravel PitsThis national forest has no sand or gravel pits.None
Single TrackThis national forest has no single track trails.None
RoadsThis national forest has mostly roads.Mostly
ShadeThis national forest has many shaded areas.Many
HazardsThis trail has few hazards.Few(hazards assumed marked but use caution)
Easy Terrain NoviceThis trail has mostly beginner terrain.Mostly
Moderate Terrain AmateurThis trail has little intermediate level terrain.Little
Difficult Terrain ExpertThis trail has no expert terrain.None


Gasoline Gasoline5-20 Miles (E)see trail map
Diesel Diesel5-20 Miles (E)see trail map
Potable Water WaterOn Sitesee trail map
RV Hookups RV Hookup5-20 Miles (E)see trail map
RV Dump Station RV Disposal5-20 Miles (E)see trail map
Primitive Camping CampgroundOn Sitesee trail map
Convenience Store Conv Store5-20 Miles (E)see trail map
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