South Park Ranger District Christmas Tree Permits

Cartoon Christmas Tree

Soon it will be time to bundle up and fetch your Christmas tree from the South Park Ranger District of the Pike National Forest. Walk-in permits at the district office go on sale from November 18 - December 24. Permits can be requested by mail by writing to: South Park Ranger District, Attn: Christmas Tree Permit, PO Box 219, Fairplay CO 80440.

Requests for a permit and tree-cutting information can also be downloaded from our website, The district will accept permit requests anytime, but will mail the permits out beginning November 18.

For a walk-in permit on November 18 or later, the office hours are:
Monday through Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
Saturdays (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, and 21 only): 9 am - 2 pm
Sundays (Dec. 1 and 8 only): 9 am - 2 pm
The office is closed on Thanksgiving Day.

The South Park Ranger District sells stuffed toys, games, apparel, and local-interest books. Enjoy 15 percent off during their holiday sale, which runs from November 29 – December 14.

“It’s a relaxing family tradition for many who drive a little further to the South Park Ranger District to find the perfect Christmas tree,” says District Ranger Josh Voorhis, “We’re away from the crowds, we offer a district-wide permit, and cutting is allowed from Monday the week before Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.”

People holding permits may cut trees almost anywhere on the district. A map is included with each permit showing any restricted areas. Forest roads are not plowed. Four-wheel drive, high-clearance, and/or chains may be needed.

South Park Ranger District does not run out of permits.

Call the office at 719-836-2031 for more information.