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!

Recent News


Why do leaves change color?

As summer days shift to shorter, cooler, autumn days, deciduous trees prepare for a long cold winter, producing a beautiful array of color. Three factors influence autumn leaf color: leaf pigments, length of days & nights, and weather. 

Mountain Safety

View from the mountain ski area courtesy of Marcus Dreux.

Each year people get hurt or even die in the backcountry simply by not being prepared! Plan ahead and learn tips, techniques and strategies for avoiding winter hazards with Aspen Mountain Rescue!


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.

Maroon Bells Recreation Information

Maroon Bells Scenic Area is a popular place to visit for the day, venture out on a day hike and enjoy a picnic. Plan ahead and know before you go.


Conundrum Hot Springs Permit

Camping permits are required for overnight stays at Conundrum Hot Springs. -Frequently Asked Questions.

Information for Cavers

Registration is required to access caves that are open. The registration system is designed to prevent the spread of White-Nose Syndrome.

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