Pikes Peak Ranger District, 601 S. Weber St., Colorado Springs, CO.
Call: 719-477-4221 or 636-1602
***The Pikes Peak Ranger District has received a considerable amount snow recently. Due to current road conditions and more snow in the forecast, 4X4 and/or chains are HIGHLY advisable. Please dress appropriately and be prepared for cold, snowy conditions. As always, have an emergency kit with you when you venture into the outdoors.
Permit Sales: The Pikes Peak Ranger District will be offering Christmas tree permits from November 30 through December 16 at the District Office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Permits will be available on site at the Woodland Park Middle School East parking lot on December 5 and 6, as well as December 12 and 13, from 8:00 am to 2:30 pm. No mail orders will be accepted.
Cost: Permits are $10.00 per tree, with a limit of 5 permits per person. No credit cards accepted at the sales trailer, which will be located in the Middle School East parking lot. All sales are final; No refunds will be given.
Cutting Dates: Trees may be cut any time after purchase of permit through December 16. REMEMBER TO ATTACH THE PERMIT TAG TO YOUR TREE AS YOU LOAD IT INTO YOUR VEHICLE. Be sure it is clearly visable as you leave the area.
Trees: Trees are of various species including: Douglas-fir, Lodgepole pine, Ponderosa pine, Englemann spruce, and Limber pine. The trees are native and are not as full (or formed as well) as trees grown on a plantation or those found in commercial lots. Be aware that many Douglas Fir trees have been damaged by Western Spruce Budworm.
Cutting Your Tree: Cut trees no greater than 6 inches in diameter and as close to the ground as possible. Remove the entire tree, PLEASE do not cut just the top of the trees.
Area: Trees may be cut on National Forest lands just east and north of Woodland Park along the Rampart Range Road, #300. Follow the signs. See the map for exact boundaries and open roads.
Vehicles: Four-wheel drive vehicles or chains are required. Road accessibility will not be guaranteed. North end roads 325, 237, 348, 351, require 4-wheel drive and chains.
Prohibited: Chainsaws are not permitted; a handsaw or ax will be adequate. The permittee is responsible for knowing public land boundaries. The area will be well signed.
Recommended: Cutters need to be prepared for winter weather. Allow up to four hours for your trip.
- Dress warmly for winter weather
- Have a full tank of gas
- Bring food, extra water, a shovel, a blanket, a first-aid kit and a warm drink
- Leave pets at home or have them on a leash at all times
- Take a rope and tarp to pack your tree home
Forest health is important, by removing these smaller trees you are contributing to the overall well being of the forest and reducing fire danger.
Persons cutting or removing trees from the National Forest without a valid permit are subject to a fine of up to $5000 and/or 6 months imprisonment!