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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
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.
Prescribed fire planned tomorrow at Hunter Creek in Pitkin County
Release Date: May 12, 2022
High winds rekindle piles in Keystone Gulch, risk of spread low
Release Date: May 7, 2022