Welcome to the White River National Forest

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Welcome to the White River National Forest

2.3 million acres of public land in the heart of the Colorado Rockies

Find Your Adventure!

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.

  • Special Places

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    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

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    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.

  • Maps and Publications

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    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.

  • Land and Resource Management

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    It takes a team of specialists to manage the many resources and uses on the White River National Forest. Learn more about resource management.


Researchers release Hanging Lake study progress report

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Scientists are working to determine the source water for Colorado's iconic Hanging Lake.

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New dispersed camping rules in Eagle-Holy Cross

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Many popular areas for camping outside of developed campgrounds in the Eagle-Holy Cross District have new rules to improve the camping experience and protect public safety, including 7-day stay limits, group size limits in specific areas, and packing out solid human waste (Homestake area).  

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