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


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! 

Brilliant fall colors in the trees framed by a blue sky. Beautiful photo of Maroon Lake framed by fall colors by Carr Clifton.People hanging out at night around a campfire.



The 2014 White River National Forest Annual Report

Our new 2014 Annual Report hightlights our accomplishments last year and recognizes 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.

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...

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