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!
To skip general tree cutting information and view cutting area maps:
Important Note: The PLIC and Regional Office do NOT sell permits at their offices. Permits can only be purchased from the Ranger Districts that are offering Christmas tree cutting.
This year's regional primary Christmas tree cutting dates will be December 5-13, 2015. 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. However, some areas allow cutting as early as Thanksgiving and some allow cutting until the end of the year.
Christmas tree cutting permits are generally available from most US Forest Service offices throughout the Rocky Mountain Region, with the major exceptions of the PLIC and Regional Office which do not sell permits. Check out the informational links below or call the office of the closest Ranger District to the area you want to cut in to verify that they are offering Christmas tree cutting permits.
Call the Public Lands Information Center (PLIC) at 303-239-3838 for more information or check out the informational links below. Unfortunately, no permits can be purchased at the PLIC office. Permits can only be purchased from the Ranger Districts that are offering Christmas tree cutting.
Regional Christmas Tree Cutting Information Map
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.