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

A rider on a trail on a high plateau in fall.Blair Mountain Trail in the Flat Tops area photo by LGWV Photography.
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Plan a Visit
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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.

Maroon Bells Recreation Information

maroon Bells scenic photo of peaks with greenery and the lake.

Maroon Creek Road/Maroon Bells open as of May 24: expect snow and debris. Plan ahead and know before you go.

Maroon Bells Information Line: (970) 945-3319.


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