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Top Eleven #Instagreat Moments on the White River National Forest

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Category: Adventures
by Hannah Featherman

Attention millennials, here is the blog you have been waiting for, a guide to the most #instagreat locations on the White River National Forest. Prepare to dazzle your followers with historic, scenic, breathtaking and just plain awesome locations.

You will be sure to gain a lot of “outdoor cred” with this list of must have photo ops and have a few incredible experiences along the way. The White River National Forest is all yours to discover, explore and capture on Instagram.

The FIS Alpine World Ski Championships

Care to snap a selfie with a world champion of downhill ski racing? You can do that on the White River National Forest in February. The event is free and the #grams are priceless.

Mount Sopris in the Elk Mountains

Located near Carbondale Colorado, Mount Sopris stands majestically as a centerpiece of the Elk Mountain Range. The elevation of Mount Sopris is just about 12,500 ft. What a beauty!

The Top of Imperial Chair

Rising to 12,840 feet the Imperial Express is the highest chairlift in North America. Don’t forget your oxygen tank and seriously warm clothes.

The Crystal River Valley

Everyone loves pictures of animals, so amp up the cute factor by taking your furry friend on a fishing adventure up the Crystal River ; make sure you stop for a photo op in this scenic and historic river valley. In the fall, the colors are worth an ogle or two.

Mount of the Holy Cross at 14,005 feet

Illicit “ohhs and ahhs” from your followers with this picture of you being extreme after summiting a Colorado 14eener. At 14,005 feet Mount of the Holy Cross is seriously playing it big and it’s all yours to summit! (Please make sure you have some experience in summiting peaks over 14,000 feet before attempting this beast!)

Bubble Lake in the Gore Range

For the truly adventurous and backcountry savvy, we recommend this beautiful turquoise glacial lake in the Gore Range as a key photo op. Don’t forget to pack it in pack it out because this is a pristine wilderness!

Piney Lake in the Eagles Nest Wilderness

This is the perfect place to get a candid pic of a moose while shooting a #selfie with a fantastic backdrop of Mount Powell and Knee Knocker Pass. We encourage long-distance pictures of moose, but please do not go in for a close-up.

Windows Deck at Vail Resorts

Stop for lunch and a photo op after a few runs on the White River Forest. That gnarly peak in the background is Mount of the Holy Cross, a photo-worthy backdrop. This one will get you points among the locals. #peaksonpeaksonpeaks

The Maroon Bells

We had to include this gem on our list. This is a postcard or holiday card just waiting to happen with you smack-dab in the middle of it. Your friends from the East Coast will be jealous. This is the most photographed mountain range in Colorado and it’s calling your name, feel free to do many cliché photo poses here with friends and family.

Camp Hale

Impress your savant friends with clever and strikingly beautiful historical and intellectual pic of Camp Hale. The area is known for being a training site for the 10th Mountain Division ski troops of WWII with ties to the skiing industry in the U.S. The National Forest Foundation has selected Camp Hale as a Treasured Landscapes restoration site . The NFF has worked with citizens, organizations and local leaders to create a shared vision for this historically and ecologically significant place.

Trappers Lake in the Flat Tops Wilderness

Known as the birthplace of wilderness, Trappers Lake holds a sense of place to all of us. The jaw-dropping setting also gives you goose-bumps and melts your nature-loving heart simultaneously. #wilderness


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