White River National Forest

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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!

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Overnight Permit Fee Proposal

Public comments needed! The Forest Service is proposing a $12 per-person/per-night fee for overnight permits to the most highly visited areas of the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness, including the Four-Pass Loop, Conundrum, Geneva Lake, and Capitol Lake. 

The Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness is an iconic overnight wilderness destination that has been seeing significant impacts from heavy use for the past two decades, and revenues from the fees would provide a sustainable source of funds to address management challenges associated with over-crowding. More details and the opportunity to comment below. Let us know what you think by Sept. 15, 2021.

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  This shows the steep, switch backs of the Four-Pass loop trail with a beautiful alpine view.


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UTV driving through a mud bog on the Battlement Jeep Trail

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