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

People hanging out at night around a campfire.Skiing on the White River National Forest, photo courtesy of The National Forest Foundation & Jack Affleck. Winter Trail on the White River National Forest, photo courtesy of Corey Myers.


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, 8 Wilderness areas, 10 mountain peaks over 14,000 feet and 2,500 miles of trails, this forest is 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

four people backpacking in snowy mountains

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.


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

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

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.


New Caving Rules

Bats exhibiting signs of White Nose Syndrome

As of August 1, 2013, new rules go into effect that allow caving in most caves with requirements to prevent the spread of White-nose Syndrome to bats...

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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