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


White River National Forest logoYou have chosen to visit one of the crown jewels of our nation's public land system. As stewards of this remarkable landscape, the employees of the White River National Forest 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. They provide fresh water, clean air, scenic open spaces, abundant habitat for wildlife, and endless recreation opportunities for citizens 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.

Snow Ranger Shelly Grail is the Featured Employee for November

Snow Ranger Shelly Grail

Shelly Grail is the Snow Ranger on the Dillon Ranger District where she has worked for 10 years.  

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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...

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.

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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