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! 

Recent News


Christmas Tree Cutting on the White River National Forest

Girl Cutting a Christmas Tree

Christmas tree cutting permits are available annually at White River National Forest offices. White River National Forest 2015 Christmas tree permits are available now via mail-in order form, and at designated Ranger District offices starting Nov. 2, 2015.

Fall Colors on the White River National Forest

Maroon Lake by Carr Clifton. Select photo for information about fall colors.

For all of you leaf-peepers, here is your district-by-district guide to fall colors viewing on the White River National Forest.

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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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