DescriptionThe White River National Forest is composed of 2.3 million acres of northwestern and north-central Colorado mountains on both sides of I-70; it is entered via US 24 and SRs 13, 82, 131 and 133. The forest was once a favorite hunting ground of the Ute Indians and later of settlers. Highlights include Mount of the Holy Cross, southwest of Vail; Glenwood Canyon; the mountains known as Maroon Bells; Ruedi, Dillon and Green Mountain reservoirs; and Trappers Lake.
The Flat Tops, Eagles Nest, Hunter-Fryingpan, Collegiate Peaks, Holy Cross, Ptarmigan Peak, Raggeds and Maroon Bells-Snowmass wildernesses provide opportunities for pack trips, backpacking and mountain climbing. Fishing and big-game hunting also are popular. The forest is home to one of the world's largest elk herds. Camping is available at a number of areas throughout the forest. Some of the world's best-known winter sports areas are found at Aspen, Breckenridge, Copper Mountain, Keystone and Vail.
The following district ranger stations can offer assistance: Aspen, (970) 925-3445; Blanco, (970) 878-4039; Dillon, (970) 468-5400; Holy Cross, (970) 827-5715; or Rifle, (970) 625-2371.