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

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!

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Maroon Bells Scenic Area

Iconic Maroon Bells area with lake and sky.

The iconic Maroon Bells Scenic Area is one of the most visited scenic sites in the United States due to it's scenic beauty. Plan ahead and review our Maroon Bells information to ensure you get the most out of your experience.


Hanging Lake proposed management plan

A proposed management plan for Hanging Lake was released initiating a 30-day public comment period. Hanging Lake is distinctive for its beauty & geological composition.

White River National Forest Travel Management Plan

Image of Forest 2-track road

The Forest Service has completed a comprehensive plan which balances the travel and recreation needs of the public with the management and protection of natural resources.


Caving Rules

Bats exhibiting signs of White Nose Syndrome

Rules are in effect that allow caving, but requirements are in place to help prevent the spread of White-nose Syndrome to bats. Know Before You Go!

Watch For Falling Trees

The Mountain Pine Beetle is killing millions of acres of pine trees in the western U.S., and falling trees are a hazard.  Be aware of your surroundings!

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