Want to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree?

Cutting a Christmas tree in a national forest is a tradition for many. By cutting your own holiday tree, you take an active part in managing your national forests! Costs vary typically between $5-$20 depending on location.

Young student holds her holiday tree in the snow

Every Kid in a Park initiative is offering one free Holiday Tree permit to fourth-graders that have a valid 4th Grade Interagency Pass. These free Holiday Tree permits are only available at U.S. Forest Service District offices.  4th grader and pass must be present to purchase Tree Cutting permit. 

Where to find a tree & get a permit

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The Denver/Front Range Christmas Tree Cutting areas are within the shortest driving distances from (north to south) Ft. Collins, Denver and Colorado Springs, CO. These areas are within: Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests, Pike and San Isabel National Forests, and the San Juan National Forest. View a map of offices in the Denver/Front Range.

Christmas Tree Permits become available in late fall and may be purchased at Forest Service offices. Terms and conditions for cutting Christmas trees will be given to you when you purchase your permit.

*Most national forests offer Christmas Tree permits. Check information regarding cutting dates and permit information at your nearest national forest office within the Rocky Mountain Region. (Colorado, Nebraska, South Dakota, Wyoming)

Denver/Front Range Christmas Tree Cutting area Forest Offices:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests  **RD = Ranger District

South Platte RD (Buffalo Creek)

30403 Kings Valley Drive,
Suite 2-115,
Conifer, CO 80433

Pikes Peak RD
601 S. Weber St., 
Colorado Springs, CO
(719) 636-1602

Leadville RD
810 Front St, 
Leadville, CO 80461
(719) 486-0749

San Carlos RD
3028 East Main St., 
Canon City, CO 81212
(719) 269-8500

Salida RD
5575 Cleora St., 
Salida, CO 81201
(719) 539-3591

South Park RD 
P.O. Box 219, 320 Hwy 285, 
Fairplay, CO 80440
(719) 836-2031

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests

Canyon Lakes RD 
Red Feather Lakes
2150 Centre Avenue, Building E
Fort Collins, CO 80526
(970) 295-6700

Sulphur RD, Fraser/Winter Park
9 Ten Mile Drive
P.O. Box 10
Granby, CO 80446
(970) 887-4100

Christmas Tree Cutting area Forest Offices Outside the Front Range

A smiling with their new holiday tree

San Juan National Forest
Supervisors Office
15 Burnett Court
Durango, CO 8130
(970) 247-4874









A family tradition on national forests