White River National Forest

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White River National Forest
IUCN category VI (protected area with sustainable use of natural resources)
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The Maroon Bells in White River National Forest
Map showing the location of White River National Forest
Map showing the location of White River National Forest
Location Colorado, USA
Nearest city Glenwood Springs, CO
Coordinates 39°35′20″N 105°38′35″W / 39.589°N 105.643°W / 39.589; -105.643Coordinates: 39°35′20″N 105°38′35″W / 39.589°N 105.643°W / 39.589; -105.643
Area 2,285,970 acres (9,251.0 km2)
Established June 28, 1902
Governing body U.S. Forest Service
The forest highlighted in red in a map of Colorado.

White River National Forest is a National Forest in northwest Colorado. It is named after the White River that passes through it. It also contains the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, largely considered the birthplace of the U.S. Wilderness Area system.

The following ski areas are located inside the forest:

The Maroon Bells, a famous collection of Paleozoic sandstone and mudstone peaks near Aspen.

The forest contains 2,285,970 acres (3,571.8 sq mi, or 9,250.99 km²). In descending order of land area it is located in parts of:

The forest is managed from Forest Service offices in Glenwood Springs. There are local ranger district offices in Aspen, Carbondale, Eagle, Meeker, Minturn, Rifle, and Silverthorne.[2]

Wilderness areas[edit]

There are eight officially designated wilderness areas lying within White River National Forest that are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. Five of them extend into neighboring National Forests (as indicated).

See also[edit]


"White River has 70 Streams and 110 lakes for fish," June 10, 1937. (Colorado Historic Collection) Aspen Daily Times. "Recreation in the Forest ." March 1, 1945 (Colorado Historic Collection)

Axelton, John . Big Game Hunters Guide to Colorado. second ed. : Wilderness Adventures Press, 2008. (Google Books)

Forest Plan Focus, White River National Forest, August 1997. S.l.: s.n., 1997. (Google Books) Graves, Henry S.. Vacation days in Colorado's national forests. Washington: G.P.O., 1919.(Google Books)

N.p., n.d. Web. <www.nps.gov2Fthro2Fhistoryculture2Ftheodore-roosevelt-quotes.htm>.

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