Want to Cut Your Own Christmas Tree?

Cutting a Christmas tree in a national forest is a tradition for many. By cutting your own 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 Outdoors 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 & pass must be present to obtain your free tree cutting permit. 

Where to find a tree & get a permit

map of cutting areasThe 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 & Roosevelt National Forests, Pike National Forest and the White River National Forest. 

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.

* Buy a permit online: Only Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests offer on-line Holiday Tree cutting permits through openforest.fs.usda.gov.

*Most national forest offices offer Holiday 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 

South Platte Ranger District
(Buffalo Creek)
30403 Kings Valley Drive,
Suite 2-115,
Conifer, CO 80433
(303) 275-5610

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

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

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

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

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

Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests

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

Sulphur Ranger District, Fraser/Winter Park
9 Ten Mile Drive
Granby, CO 80446
(970) 887-4100

White River National Forest 

White River National Forest Christmas Tree Permit information.

White River National Forest
Supervisor's Office
900 Grand Ave.
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601


Christmas Tree Cutting area Forest Offices Outside the Front Range

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




A smiling with their new holiday tree

A family tradition on national forests