Firewood & Mushroom Gathering

Gathering firewood for your home is allowed in several areas throughout the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests. You must purchase a permit in person before heading out. It is best to call ahead to one of our offices for an appointment. Price and availability vary by location, so contact your local in advance office for more details.

Boulder Ranger District (Boulder and northern Gilpin counties)

Firewood permits are available at the Boulder Ranger District office starting in February at $20 per cord with a one cord minimum, five cord maximum.  Buy your permit early in the year to make the most of firewood gathering season. Permits are valid through the end of the calendar year. Trees are not precut or limbed and designated areas are not available. Mushroom and transplant permits are also available.

The information and sales desk is open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. To avoid lines during the busy summer season, purchase your permit before May. Call ahead for permit and pass availability: 303-541-2500.

Canyon Lakes Ranger District  (Larimer County)

Firewood permits available at the Canyon Lakes Ranger District are valid from date of purchase to the end of the calendar year. Permits for dead trees (standing or down) may be purchased throughout the year. Cutting must occur within 125 feet of open roads on National Forest System lands; however, conditions and road closures may limit locations. The permit is $20 per cord (8’ by 4’) and available at the Forest Visitor Information Center at 2150 Centre, Building E, in Fort Collins from 8:30 to 4:30 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Call 970-295-6700 to confirm permits are available.

Clear Creek Ranger District  (Clear Creek and southern Gilpin Counties)

Firewood permits are available at the Clear Creek Ranger District office by appointment only between February and December at $20 per cord with a one cord minimum, five cord maximum. Trees are not precut or limbed and designated areas are not available.

Firewood permits are available by appointment only: 303-567-3000

Pawnee National Grassland (Weld County)

Gathering firewood on the Pawnee National Grassland is prohibited. Phone number: 970-834-9270

Sulphur Ranger District  (Grand County)

Firewood season is generally June 15 to November 15 or until the roads become impassible. Purchasers will be sent to a designated location. The price is $12 per cord with a two cord minimum purchase ($24) required. Chainsaws may or may not be allowed depending on location. Permits are good for the calendar year (January – December) in which they are purchased. Call in advance to check availability: 970-887-4100.