Christmas tree hunters must obtain a permit from the U.S. Forest Service. 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 in the Sulphur Ranger District from Nov. 1 through Jan. 6.
The staffed Elk Creek cutting area offers visitors the opportunity to drive through prime Christmas tree cutting terrain from Dec. 7 through Dec. 15, 2013. Roads will be plowed to allow motor vehicles equipped with four-wheel-drive or chained tires entry from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Snowmobiles and ATVs are not allowed in the cutting area. The Elk Creek Cutting Area is located west of Fraser, on County Road 72.