White River National Forest
Welcome to the White River National Forest
2.3 million acres of public land in the heart of the Colorado Rockies
The White River National Forest is a world-renowned recreation destination home to iconic destinations such as Maroon Bells and Hanging Lake, 11 ski resorts, 10 peaks over 14,000 feet, and eight wilderness areas that cover more than a third of its acreage. Traveling through its five ranger districts, you can explore the classic Colorado Rocky Mountains of the Gore, Tenmile, Sawatch and Elk Ranges as well as the distinctly unique Flat Tops.
The White River National Forest is full of special places. Find the details you need to visit some of our most popular destinations.
Passes and permits are needed for a variety of activities. Find information about recreation passes and permits, forest product and Christmas tree cutting permits, special event permits, and commercial filming and events.
Know before you go! Motor Vehicle Use Maps detailing the Forest Roads and Trails and other maps are key to helping you plan your adventure – and stay on course while you are visiting.
It takes a team of specialists to manage the many resources and uses on the White River National Forest. Learn more about resource management.
Aerial mulching to begin on severely burned areas within the Grizzly Creek Fire
Release Date: Sep 18, 2023
Because access to outdoor gear is one of the biggest barriers preventing people from enjoying the White River National Forest, we are partnering with the City of Glenwood Springs in support of their outdoor gear library. For more information about how to rent gear and a list of the gear available, visit the Gear Library website.
Plan ahead, check up on recent changes, food storage and more tips for a successful and fun trip