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

Smokey Bear and a skier give each other a hi-five.A large stream passes through a meadow.



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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!

Recent News


Hanging Lake Now Requires A Permit

A clear and pristine lake.

Starting May 1, 2019, a permit is now required to visit Hanging Lake. Reservations for a permit will be available starting April 1, 2019. Reservations cost: $12/person (May 1 – October 31), $10/person (November 1- April 30).

Hanging Lake visitor information line: (970) 384-6309.

Proposed Fee Increase at Vail Pass

The White River National Forest is proposing to increase fees at Vail Pass Winter Recreation Area to continue to sustain the current services and provide enhanced services to the area in the future. 


Mountain Safety

View from the mountain ski area courtesy of Marcus Dreux.

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

UTV driving through a mud bog on the Battlement Jeep Trail

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

Current Conditions