White River National Forest is massive, and encompasses many of the best loved destinations in Colorado, including Vail, Aspen, Breckenridge and eight other popular ski resorts. With 2.3 million acres of protected land, which holds 2,500 miles of public trails, there are also endless opportunities for hiking at every skill level, as well as plenty of lakes and rivers for swimming and boating. Follow a tributary of the Colorado River to Hanging Lake, its turquoise color caused by carbonate minerals that have dissolved into the water. Hike to one of the region’s many mountain peaks where, at an elevation of 12,000 feet or more, you can still frolic through the snow as late as June. To make the most of the region’s natural beauty, book accommodations that are as picturesque as their environs with these unique rentals near White River National Forest.