Christmas Tree Hunting, a Sulphur holiday tradition
For generations, families from across Grand County and the Front Range have made a tradition out of Christmas Tree hunting in the mountains west of Denver. A trip to the Sulphur Ranger District offers a memorable holiday experience. Combined with any combination of Grand County’s Activities and Events, visitors can make a full-day or even a full-weekend event out of holiday tree shopping.
Permits must be purchased in advance.
How it works:
Christmas tree hunters must first obtain a permit. Permits cost $10 per tree and are limited to a maximum of five permits per person. This permit allows visitors to cut Christmas trees from almost anywhere on the Sulphur Ranger District from Nov. 2 through Jan. 6. Most roads will be closed to motor vehicles after Nov. 17, but snowmobiles or skis may be used to access much of the district. See a map of Sulphur Ranger District cutting areas.
Elk Creek Cutting Area:
PLEASE NOTE CHANGES FOR 2015: You MUST buy your permits in advance. No permits will be available for purchase at the gates of the cutting area. Permits are available from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. seven days a week at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and Granby Ace Hardware.
This special cutting area is open from Dec. 5 through Dec. 12, 2015. Roads will be plowed to allow motor vehicles equipped with four-wheel-drive or chained tires entry from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Snowmobiles and ATVs are not allowed in the cutting area. From Fraser, travel west on County Road 72 to the cutting area entrance. See a map of Elk Creek Cutting Area.
What to bring:
Handsaw or Ax (chainsaws prohibited);
Winter clothing (waterproof pants and jackets, warm fleece or wool layers, snow boots, mittens or gloves, warms hats);
Sunscreen and sunglasses;
Water, warm drinks, snacks;
Sled for pulling tree or young children;
Straps, strong cord, tarp and work gloves for loading tree on vehicle;
Vehicle safety kit: shovel, blanket, first aid kit;
Full tank of gas;
Four-wheel drive or chains are required.
Tree trunk must be six inches or less in diameter (strictly enforced).
Cut tree six inches or less from ground
Permits must be attached to tree before cutting and removing, and visible for easy checkout