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

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All developed recreation sites including campground & restrooms are currently CLOSED. View forest updates & information on closures due to COVID-19.


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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


Access to the Maroon Bells Scenic Area will Require Reservations in 2020

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Due to social distancing requirements for public safety, and the need to manage visitor demand, reservations will be required to access the Maroon Bells Scenic Area this year.

Information for Cavers

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Alert: In response to COVID-19 and concern for public safety, we are not issuing cave permits at this time, and caves on the White River National Forest are temporarily closed. We will continue to monitor this situation and adjust as more information develops.


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

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Find Motor Vehicle Maps and more information about traveling on the forest.

Current Conditions