In the heart of the Rocky Mountains and encompassing the Beaver Creek and Vail ski areas are 2.3 million acres of the White River National Forest. It is considered the birthplace of wilderness and the top recreation forest in the nation. With rich foliage and abundant wildlife, it offers a unique experience for every outdoor enthusiast. In the spring and summer months, fishing, boating, hiking and biking are favorite pastimes. As the snow falls, skiing and other alpine sports are equally abundant.