The Rocky Mountain Region manages 17 national forests and seven national grasslands throughout Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, along with most of South Dakota and Wyoming. Cutting a Christmas tree in a national forest is a tradition for many residents of the Rocky Mountain Region. In doing so, you take an active part in managing your national forests as you celebrate your own family's holiday tradition!
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Some areas allow cutting as early as Thanksgiving and some allow cutting until the end of the year. In order to provide some consistency for the region, primary Christmas tree cutting dates are set which means that all tree cutting areas in our region must be open between those dates. This year's regional primary Christmas tree cutting dates will be December 6-14. However, tree cutting dates will vary from one cutting area to another. You will have to check with your area's Christmas Tree Program Information webpage for exact cutting dates!
Christmas tree cutting permits are generally available from most US Forest Service offices throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. Check out the informational links below or call the office of the closest Ranger District [.pdf 433KB] to the area you want to cut in to verify that they are offering Christmas tree cutting permits.
The Rocky Mountain Region map below can be used as the starting place to find information regarding Christmas tree cutting opportunities on US Forest Service lands located throughout our five-state region. When you move your cursor over a state below, a filled-in map outline will appear. Click on the map outline to visit that state's Christmas Tree Program Information webpage, which will open in a new window. From there you can select Christmas Tree Program Information webpages for individual national forests and grasslands.
For folks that are only interested in finding the Christmas tree cutting areas closest to the Front Range/Denver Metro Area you can click on this Front Range/Denver Metro Cutting Areas link or on the small Front Range map to the left. You will then be taken to the Front Range/Denver Metro Cutting Areas webpage which shows the cutting areas closest to (north to south) Ft. Collins, Denver and Colorado Springs.