Summer travel season begins May 21 on the White River National Forest

May 21, 2018

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Rich Doak, (970) 945-3267

Jamie Casterton, (970) 945-3237

Summer travel season begins May 21 on the White River National Forest

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. –   White River National Forest summer travel season begins on May 21 and ends on November 22. Some higher elevation roads and motorized trails do not open until later in May or early June, please call the local Ranger Station for information and check on the local road and trail status before heading out on your trip.

Motorized and mechanized vehicle users are responsible for knowing when and where they can drive or ride. Visitors using motorized transportation are asked to obtain and adhere to routes shown on the Summer Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs). MVUMS can be used to see what routes are open to motorized vehicles, which types of vehicles, and what the open dates are. Hard copies of MVUMs are free and available at all forest offices and are also available online at .

Snowmelt rates vary from year to year, but on average:

  • Mid-April: Snow level around 8,000 feet.
  • Mid-May: Snow level around 9,500 feet.
  • Mid-June: Snow level around 10,000-10,500 feet.
  • Mid-July: Snow usually mostly clear except on highest north-facing slopes and passes.


It is important to note that e-bikes are considered a form of motorized transportation on all national forests across the country. E-bikes may be ridden on designated motorized routes shown on Motor Vehicle Use Maps including National Forest System (NFS) roads open to all vehicles; and National Forest System trails open to all motorized vehicles. Traditional (non e-bike) bicycles are allowed on designated trails and roads where mechanized use is permitted. Off-road and trail travel is prohibited.

Responsible use by all visitors is key to a sustainable recreation system. Follow these tips to ensure you protect the places you love to play:

  • Stay on designated roads, trails, and areas as identified on the motor vehicle use map, bicycle use map and forest visitor map.
  • Be respectful of other visitors.
  • Respect property boundaries and know what uses are allowed if you enter non-Forest Service property.
  • Do not widen trails by going around obstacles and do not create shortcuts.
  • Avoid wet, muddy trails.
  • Cross streams only at designated fords.

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

For more information, contact your local Ranger District or visit .