White River National Forest: It's all yours to discover & enjoy.

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White River National Forest is the most visited national forest in the nation encompassing 2.3 million acres. With 11 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!

Access to the Maroon Bells will Require Reservations in 2020

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Reservations are required this year to visit Maroon Bells by personal vehicle or shuttle. Vehicle access begins June 8, 2020 and the shuttle system from Aspen Highlands begins June 28, 2020. You can start making reservations for either beginning June 2 at www.aspenchamber.org


Information for Cavers

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The White River National Forest’s Cave Permitting System will begin issuing cave permits on June 1, 2020. View information for cavers.

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Mountain Safety

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Each year people get hurt or even die in the backcountry by not being prepared! Plan ahead and learn tips, techniques and strategies for avoiding winter hazards.

Travel Management

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Find Motor Vehicle Maps and more information about traveling on the forest.

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