Christmas Tree Permits


photo of dad and small children dragging tree

Hunting for a holiday tree is a great adventure into the forest and a memorable tradition!


  • Forest Service tree permits are $8.00 each.
  • One tree per permit.
  • Limit 5 permits per household.
  • For personal use only - not for resale.
  • All sales final and non-refundable.

FOURTH GRADERS!  You can get a free holiday tree as part of the Every Kid Outdoors program. Go to the website complete the voucher and bring the voucher or the durable pass to a Forest Service office (not a vendor) to receive a one holiday tree permit free-of-charge!

PERMIT SALE DATES and CUTTING DATES: 2019 Permit sales start on November 18 and will end December 31 (4:30 PM).

PERMIT EXPIRATION DATE: Permits expire at midnight December 31, 2019

TREE SPECIES: Subalpine fir, Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine, Pinyon pine, Juniper-local restrictions may apply - ask at local district offices. (Tree Species Identification Guide)


  • Tree height maximum is 20 feet.
  • Tree may not be greater than 6 inches in diameter at the base of the tree and the stump height should be no greater than 6 inches high.
  • Topping of trees is not allowed (i.e. cutting the top of tree and leaving the lower portion with limbs attached).
  • Tag tree(s) before leaving the cutting area - rap tag around a large sturdy lower limb or tree trunk – each tag   has adhesive on backside to ensure firm grip.
  • Permits must be clearly visible on trees when transporting by vehicle.


  • Cutting is permitted only on the federal lands for which the permit is issued.
  • Respect private property rights and watch for no trespassing signs – know where you are before you cut.
  • CUTTING PROHIBITED – Within administrative sites, picnic areas, campgrounds, trailheads, scenic pullouts, tree plantations, timber sales,wilderness areas, within and/or adjacent to cross country ski areas, along Forest trails and/or downhill ski areas, other areas signed or mapped as “closed to cutting” or on other areas spedific to each District. Ask before you go for any additional restricted areas.
  • Pack out your trash.


  • All Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest Travel Plan Management Restrictions apply - obtain MVUM maps at Forest Service Offices listed below.
  • Keep motorized vehicles on designated routes that are open to the mode of vehicle you are using.
  • Do not drive on designated and groomed snowmobile trails - designated routes are closed when there is sufficient snow to maintain trail grooming with snow equipment.
  • Park in locations, away from the road right-of-way and where you can safely park and access to search for a tree.
  • Watch for logging truck traffic on plowed forest roads.


  • Check for local weather and travel advisory information.
  • Four-wheel drive vehicle or chains.
  • Full tank of gas.
  • Handsaw, axe, shovel for digging snow.
  • Tarp, rope or tie-downs.
  • Dress appropriately for winter weather.
  • Sled, snowshoes are advisable at higher elevations.
  • First-aid kit, food, extra water, blanket, warm liquids.
  • Be cautious/avoid areas with dead/dying trees that may fall without warning while cutting Christmas trees.
Please call vendors to be sure permits are still available, and check on business hours which may vary.


GMUG Forest Supervisor's Office
2250 South Main St., 970-874-6600
Monday through Friday 8 AM to 1 PM, 1:30 PM to 4:00 PM, exluding holidays


Grand Valley Ranger District
2777 Crossroads Blvd. Suite 1 (970) 242-8211
Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM, excluding holidays


Gunnison Ranger District
216 N Colorado (970) 641-0471
Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, excluding holidays


Montrose Public Land Office (Ouray Ranger Disitrict)
2465 S. Townsend Ave. (970) 240-5300
Monday through Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM, excluding holidays (BLM and USFS tree permits)


Norwood Ranger District
1150 Forest (970) 327-4261 
Monday through Friday 8 AM to 12 PM and 1 PM to 5 PM, excluding holidays


Paonia Ranger District
403 North Rio Grande Avenue, (970) 527-4131
Monday through Friday 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM, excluding holidays



The Fort Uncompahgre, 8 AM to 5 PM Monday through Saturday 
440 N Palmer Drive, Delta, CO  

Valley Ranch - Monday thru Friday 6 AM to 6 PM; Saturday 7 AM to 3 PM; Sunday 8 AM to 2 PM; Christmas Eve 6AM to 4PM; Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
57454 Highway 330, Collbran, CO

Murdoch’s Ranch & Home Supply - Monday thru Saturday 7:30 AM to 7 PM; Christmas Eve 7:30 AM to 4 PM; Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
Sunday 9 AM to 6 PM;
3217-I-70 Business Loop, Clifton, CO

Desperado General Store - Monday-Friday 7 AM-7 PM; Saturday 7 AM-6 PM
40486 D Lane, Crawford, CO

Paonia Flower Shop - Monday-Friday 9 AM-5 PM; Saturday 9 AM-1 PM
301 Grand Ave, Paonia, CO

Gambles Ace Hardware – Monday-Friday 7:30 AM-5 PM; Saturday 8 AM-5 PM; Sunday 9 AM-4 PM
121 Bridge Street Hotchkiss, CO

Grand Mesa Lodge - 7 days a week
25861 Highway 65, Cedaredge, CO

The Christmas Tree program is a Recreation Enhancement Act project. Funds collected are retained on the Forest for management of the Christmas Tree program.

photo of a man dragging tree out of forest

Getting your tree out of the forest can be good exercise!

photo of people next to cut tree

All set and ready to go- dont forget to attach the permit!

photo of couple with dogs and tree

Memories are made with the tradition of visiting the forest for a Christmas tree.