South Park Holiday Tree Sales 2023

Christmas Trees on the South Park Ranger District

We are excited to be a part of your holiday traditions.


Christmas tree permits for the 2023 season will be sold online starting October 12, 2023.  Please visit to purchase your permit online.  


Permits are also available for purchase at the South Park Ranger District office or by mail-in request.  For mail-in, fill out our FORM and send check or money order (marked “Christmas Trees”), payable to USFS for $20 per tree.  We will mail the permit(s) out to you and you can cut your tree at your convenience during the allotted dates.



Cost: $20.00 per permit/tree plus a processing fee

Maximum: 5 trees per household

Trees must be for personal use only and not for resale.



Answers to your Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can be found HERE.

South Park Christmas Tree Order Form


South Park Ranger District Christmas Tree cutting locations

Have you decided on what type of tree you'd like to cut?  If not, start HERE - South Park Christmas Tree Locator Map

After you've located your preferred tree cutting area, click on the area below for a more detailed map.

Tree cutting areas on the West Side of South Park Ranger District:  Salt Creek, Warm Springs, Fourmile - Thompson Park, Beaver Creek - Crooked Creek, Como - Boreas Pass, Michigan Creek, Jefferson

Tree cutting areas on the East Side of South Park Ranger District:  Lost Park Road - west, Lost Park Road - North Fork, Rock Creek Hills, Bordenville, Eagle Rock, Packer Gulch, Turner Gulch, Lake George, Blue Mountain, Ranger Station



  • Trees must be six inches or less in diameter at the base.
  • Trees must be cut six inches or less from the ground.  Remove any live limbs on the stump.
  • Make sure there is another tree of the same species within ten feet of the one you are cutting.  This program helps thin out overcrowded trees to promote healthy growth for the remaining trees.
  • Trees cut must be on the South Park Ranger District.  There is private land within the forest boundary.  It is the tree cutters’ responsibility to make sure they are on National Forest.  Paper maps of the Pike National Forest maps are available for $14 at the Fairplay office.  Mobile-friendly maps are $4.99 at
  • Maps of suggested areas based on tree species can be found above.
  • Tag must be displayed on the tree within 100 feet of where it was cut down.
  • No chainsaws are permitted.  Handsaws are best.
  • Permits are non-refundable. 
  • Extensions past the expiration date are not allowed. 
  • Tree cutting is prohibited in the following areas - West Side Map or East Side Map:
  1. Jefferson Lake Recreation Area
  2. Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area
  3. Buffalo Peaks and Lost Creek Wilderness Areas
  4. All picnic areas and All scenic areas
  5. All campgrounds

Safety Suggestions:

  • Dress warmly and in layers to be prepared for changes in weather.
  • Forest roads will not be plowed.  We recommend you carry chains and/or use a four-wheel drive vehicle.  A high-clearance vehicle may also be necessary.
  • Have a full tank of gas.
  • A good place to look for a Christmas tree is beneath older stands of aspen.  There are many Engelmann spruce growing in the shade of aspen stands.
  • The coniferous trees found on the district are ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine, bristlecone pine, Engelmann spruce, blue spruce, Douglas fir, and limber pine (descriptive sheet available upon request).  We do not recommend the bristlecone pine because the sap on needles and cones can ruin your clothes and create a fire hazard in your home.

Violators of the following acts will be prosecuted:

  • Cutting a tree without a permit. Only one tree per permit!
  • “Topping” trees.  What is topping?  Cutting a tall tree and only removing the top portion.
  • Cutting more than one tree with a single tree permit.  If you cut a tree, you must take it.  
  • Cutting trees larger than the 6 inch diameter limit