Salida and Leadville Holiday Tree information

Salida Ranger District, 5575 Cleora St., Salida, CO 81201, 719-539-3591

Leadville Ranger District, 810 Front St, Leadville, CO 80461, 719-486-0749


Christmas tree permits will go on sale at the Salida and Leadville Ranger Districts on November 20, 2017 Permits can be purchased until 12:00 noon on December 22, 2017. Office hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Permits: Permits cost $10.00 per tree with a limit of 2 trees per family. A tree removal tag will be issued for each tree and this tag must be securely fastened to all trees before removing or transporting from permitted areas. Permits sold at either office will be valid for both Salida and Leadville Ranger districts.

Cutting Dates: November 20 – December 22

Areas: Christmas tree cutting is allowed throughout the Salida and Leadville Ranger Districts with the exceptions of campgrounds, trailheads, ski areas, and wilderness areas. No cutting or trespassing is permitted on private land, and tag holders are responsible for knowing public and private land boundaries. Maps are available at the district offices.

Trees: Species that may be cut include Douglas fir, Lodgepole pine, Engelmann spruce, subalpine fir and white fir. Please see our Holiday tree identification sheets.

Vehicles:  Four-wheel drive vehicles or tire chains may be needed to some areas due to icy and snowy conditions. Skis, snowshoes or snowmobiles may be used if snow conditions allow. Please remember to stay on designated roads and use caution when driving on winter roads.

Restrictions: Only trees with a diameter of up to 7 inches, at the base, may be cut. Permitted cutting lengths are from 3 feet to 15 feet. Chainsaws are prohibited. A good handsaw or an axe is adequate. Trees must be cut at least 50 feet from roadways, waterways,  or trails. Please do not top trees -  do not leave high stumps! Trees should be cut at the ground and unused portions should be scattered.  Persons removing trees from National Forest lands without a valid permit may be subject to a fine of up to $500.00 and/or 6 months incarceration.

Mail-in Requests: Individuals or families may request Christmas tree cutting tags by mail. Checks can be made out to the U.S. Forest Service. Please enclose a note listing how many tags are needed and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

4th Grade Passes: A nationwide initiative was started to get fourth grade students to visit public lands. The Forest Service is offering fourth grade students a free Christmas tree cutting permit when they come in person with a parent and an "Every Kid in a Park" pass or voucher.