South Park Christmas Tree Information 2018

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South Park Ranger District, 320 Highway 285/ P.O. Box 219, Faiplay, CO 80440  

Permit Sales: The South Park Ranger District will be offering Christmas tree permits from November 19 through December 24 at the District Office from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Or, click here for a mail-in form.

Fairplay:  Permits will be available M-F 8am to 4:30pm (closed Thanksgiving Day); Saturdays from 9am to 2pm - November 24, December 1, and December 8; Sundays 9am to 2pm - November 25 and December 2.  Cash or Check ONLY.  All sales are final, no refunds will be given.

Woodland Park: Permits will be available on the weekend days of 12/1, 12/2 12/8 and 12/9 at the Woodland Park Work Center, located at 1408 Rampart Range Road from 8am to 3pm. (Cash and Check Only on Weekends).  

Cost: Permits are $20.00 per tree, with a limit of 5 permits per person.  Cash or check will be accepted.  No credit cards accepted on the weekend at the Woodland Park Work Center.. All sales are final; No refunds will be given.

Cutting Dates: Trees may be cut any time after purchase of permit through December 24.  REMEMBER TO ATTACH THE PERMIT TAG TO YOUR TREE AS YOU LOAD IT INTO YOUR VEHICLE. Be sure it is clearly visable as you leave the area.

Trees: Trees are of various species including: Douglas-fir, Lodgepole pine, Ponderosa pine, Engelmann spruce, and Limber pine.  The trees are native and are not as full (or formed as well) as trees grown on a plantation or those found in commercial lots. Be aware that many Douglas Fir trees have been damaged by Western Spruce Budworm.

Cutting Your Tree: Cut trees no greater than 6 inches in diameter and as close to the ground as possible. Remove the entire tree, PLEASE do not cut just the top of the trees.

Area: All South Park Ranger District National Forest lands EXCEPT in Eleven Mile and Jefferson Lake Recreation Areas, campgrounds, administrative sites, picnic grounds, Wilderness and scenic areas.  

Vehicles: Four-wheel drive vehicles or chains are required.  Road accessibility will not be guaranteed. When Parking, you may only pull one vehicle length off the main road.

Prohibited: Chainsaws are not permitted; a handsaw will be adequate.  The permittee is responsible for knowing public land boundaries. The area will be well signed.

Recommended: Cutters need to be prepared for winter weather. Allow up to four hours for your trip.

Other recommendations:

  • Dress warmly for winter weather
  • Have a full tank of gas
  • Bring food, extra water, a shovel, a blanket, a first-aid kit and a warm drink
  • Leave pets at home or have them on a leash at all times
  • Take a rope and tarp to pack your tree home

Forest health is important, by removing these smaller trees you are contributing to the overall well being of the forest and reducing fire danger.

Persons cutting or removing trees from the National Forest without a valid permit are subject to a fine of up to $5000 and/or 6 months imprisonment!


Please call our District Office at 719-836-2031 for more info.