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

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.  View from the mountain courtesy of Marcus Dreux.



Welcome to the White River National Forest

White River National Forest is one of the crown jewels of our nation's public land system. As stewards of this remarkable landscape, we invite you to discover, experience, and appreciate all it has to offer.

Your National Forests are part of a public land system that serves as a foundation for our nation's strength and vitality. White River National Forest provides fresh water, clean air, scenic open spaces, abundant habitat for wildlife, and endless recreation opportunities for everyone to enjoy.

Our goal is to conserve these lands working alongside communities, partners, and volunteers to ensure you and generations to come continue to enjoy all the many benefits your National Forests have to offer.  - Scott Fitzwilliams, Forest Supervisor

Recent News


Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

child cutting a Christmas tree

2014 Christmas tree permits are available as soon as November 17th at certain Ranger Stations on the White River National Forest.

Hal Pearce is December's Featured Employee

Hal Pearce and horse

Hal Pearce is a rare individual. He is a native Coloradan who serves the public in a regional office capacity in his hometown of Meeker, Colorado. Hal's smile and mannerisms when conversing with people reveal a genuine straight shooter whose knowledge is both down-to-earth and wide ranging.

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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...

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.


50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act

Wilderness 50th Anniversary logo with wolf

On September 3, 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Wilderness Act, and in 2014 our nation will celebrate "50 Years of Wilderness."

WRNF Travel Management Implementation

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.

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