The White River National Forest is located in the northwestern center area of Colorado.
Where is this Forest?

View of Fairview Lake on the Aspen/Sopris Ranger District by Corey Myers.Alpine Meadow in spring on the White River National Forest.People hanging out at night around a campfire.


White River National Forest: Yours to explore, discover & enjoy.

White River National Forest is the most visited national forest in the nation encompassing 2.3 million acres of opportunities. With 12 ski resorts, eight Wilderness areas, 10 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet and 2,500 miles of trails, this forest is a place where you can press play on adventure and inspiration! 

The forest provides clean water, clean air, wildlife habitat, and land conservation; benefits that are integral to healthy ecosystems, communities and quality of life. Connect with us and learn more about how you can get involved and become a steward of the place you love to play!

It’s All Yours: Connect and Explore your National Forest

Graphic: Image of a hiker. Adventure encouraged on the White River National Forest

Recent News


The 2013 White River National Forest Annual Report

We accomplished a great deal in 2013. Our new 2013 Annual Report will hightlight our accomplishments last year and recognize the contributions of our employees, volunteers and many partners.


Aspen Visitor Information Services Relocating to Aspen Highlands

The new Aspen Ranger District Visitor Information Services will open the Tuesday after Memorial Day weekend at Aspen Highlands thanks to help from Skico and the Forest Conservancy.

White River National Forest Releases Forest-Wide Final Oil and Gas Leasing EIS

Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams announced release of Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and Draft Record of Decision (ROD) for future oil and gas leasing.


Implementation of the White River National Forest Travel Management Plan

Image of Forest 2-track road

The Forest Service has completed a comprehensive plan which balances the travel and recreation needs of the public with the management and protection of natural resources.

Watch For Falling Trees

The Mountain Pine Beetle is killing millions of acres of pine trees in the western U.S., and falling trees are a hazard.  Be aware of your surroundings!

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