The Best Things to Do in White River National Forest

The White River National Forest is one of the most impressive divisions of the National Forest System. With 2.3 million acres of wilderness areas, world-class ski resorts, and some truly breathtaking views of the Rocky Mountains, there isn’t a better place to start your Colorado adventure. For more information on things to do in the area, don’t forget to request access to our complimentary Vacation Guide. Our expertly crafted guide is full of local knowledge, pointing you toward all of Vail’s best restaurants, attractions, and events. The perfect getaway is just one click away!

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Things to Do in White River National Forest

About White River National Forest

The beauty of Colorado’s wilderness is something that needs to be experienced in person. Whether you’re interested in carving a fresh path through the snow or snapping the perfect landscape photo, you’ll never run out of things to do in the White River National Forest. No matter what time of year you visit, there is always plenty of adventure to be had! Check out the boundary map for a look at the area that the forest covers.


Featuring 12 world-class ski resorts, White River National Forest is a haven for winter-sports fanatics. The ski season runs from November until early April and is easily some of the best fresh-powder skiing in the country. Among the area’s best places to ski are Breckenridge and Vail Ski Resort. For frequent skiers, the Epic pass is a great way to save money and gain access to some of the world’s top ski resorts all season long!


Pack a pair of comfortable shoes on your next getaway, because some of the best views in Colorado can’t be seen from the road! Leave the glamour and glitz of resort life behind and experience a more authentic side of Colorado. White River National Forest features dazzling lakes, jaw-dropping mountain views, and some of the most exciting and challenging terrain in the world. Hiking in Colorado is always a home run!


A great way to fully embrace the beauty of the Colorado wilderness is to spend a night under the stars, breathing in the fresh mountain air. There are plenty of wonderful camping grounds and cabins in White River National Forest. Depending on the weather, taking a day trip into the mountains and setting up a tent for a night gives you a chance to experience Colorado as it was intended to be experienced.

Hunting and Fishing

Hunting and fishing for sport are extremely popular in White River National Forest. The stunning freshwater lakes are more than just beautiful places to relax. They are also home to a wide array of fish species! Additionally, there are plenty of specified areas for big-game, small-game, and bird hunting. To learn more, visit the United States Department of Agriculture’s website.

Where to Stay in White River National Forest

view of pitkin creek condos, pool and outdoor area with mountains in the backgroundPut yourself right in the heart of the White River National Forest! Gore Creek Properties offers vacation rentals in every part of Vail Valley, which is situated right in the middle of all of the best Colorado wilderness activities. Enjoy easy access to Vail Ski Resort and some of the most incredible hiking trails and wilderness areas in Colorado. Our luxury vacation rentals are the perfect place to rest after you’ve finished exploring the wildlife.

For example, our Pitkin Creek Park 7Z condo is a gorgeous property in East Vail that features easy access to Vail Village, beautiful views of the valley, and comfortable accommodations for four guests! During the winter season, a shuttle service runs to and from Vail Village every 15 minutes, so you’re never far from the excitement. Start planning your dream getaway today!

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