Current Conditions and Regulations

Federal Regulations and White River National Forest Special Orders 


Remember, conditions can change rapidly, especially in backcountry areas. Always check weather reports and current conditions prior to your trip.

General Updates and Conditions: 11/28/2018: 

The White River National Forest converted the Forest road system from wheeled use to over-snow winter use on November 23rd (roads within the Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area close to wheeled vehicles on November 15th). Motorized users are responsible for knowing where they can and can't take a motorized vehicle. Please refer to our Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) page for this information.

During the winter, trails remain open to hiking, snowshoeing, and skiing. Biking is not currently allowed on forest roads or trails during the winter travel season, which is designated as Nov 23 - May 20 (see press release about fat-tire bikes).

Expect varying winter conditions on trails at this time; Please travel safely and be prepared for any winter conditions.

For the most current road and trail condition reports for each district, see our district reports section below.

Campgrounds & Day Use Sites

Please see our chart of all campgrounds on the White River National Forest, complete with dates, prices, links to each campground page, and more.

Current Conditions Reports by Ranger District:

Know Before You Go:

Off highway vehicle on a forest road. Motorists: View Motor Vehicle Use Maps to see what routes are open by season and travel type. 
Mountain bikers climb up a rocky trail

Bicycles + Fat Tire: Roads & trails are closed to all bicycles 11/23 - 5/21 annually. Summer/wheeled season is scheduled to begin on May 21 on some roads, and as late as June 21 on others. Map of routes open to biking: Summer Designated Bike Route System Map (PDF, 13 MB). View press release about fat-tire bikes.

Forest fire

Fire information & restrictions