Christmas Tree Sales 2022
A permit for harvesting a Christmas tree on the Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests must be bought before harvesting. Permits will be available for purchase November 10th – January 7th. Permitted cutting dates will vary based on harvest location - Canyon Lakes Ranger District November 25th – January 7th, Sulphur Ranger District November 10th – January 6th.
Permits available to purchase November 10th – January 7th. Permitted cutting dates will vary based on harvest location.
In Person (Grand County Only) – See local vendors.
Christmas tree cutting will only be permitted on National Forest system lands on the Sulphur Ranger District of Grand County and the Canyon Lakes Ranger District of Larimer County.
Canyon Lakes Ranger District (Larimer County)
Christmas tree cutting permitted between November 25th – January 7th
- The Red Feather Lakes Sale Area on the Canyon Lakes Ranger District was impacted by the 2020 Cameron Peak Fire. As a result, you will be able to cut your own Christmas tree through much of the open portions of the district, instead of one designated cutting area.
- See the Canyon Lakes Christmas Tree Map and
- Canyon Lakes Cut Your Own Christmas Tree Flyer
Sulphur Ranger District (Grand County)
Christmas tree cutting permitted between November 10th – January 6th
- Christmas tree cutting is allowed through much of Sulphur Ranger District except: closure areas, wilderness areas, within ¼ mile of any highways, the Fraser Experimental Forest (accessed via CR 73/NFSR 160), Winter Park/Mary Jane Ski Areas and above to Berthoud Pass, and James Peak Protection Area.
- See Sulphur Christmas Tree Maps and
- Sulphur Christmas Tree Information Flyer
- The Sulphur Ranger District will also have the staffed Elk Creek & Jim Creek cutting areas open December 3rd - 11th between the hours of 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. Purchase your permit prior to arriving at the cutting area, permits are not available onsite. The entrance gate closes at 2:00 pm for Elk Creek. Please have your tree selected and return to your vehicle no later than 3:00 pm to allow time to load your tree and exit the area before 4:00 pm. Tire chains, 4‐wheel drive or all‐wheel drive are required upon entering the cutting area. This is for your safety; please cooperate with this requirement. You will be asked to verify that you have one or the other at the entrance station. If the road conditions are icy, chains may be needed to get up the hill at the bottom of CR 72, just outside of Fraser. The parking area at Jim Creek will close at 3:00 pm. Snowmobiles are prohibited in these cutting areas during this time.
For Sulphur and Canyon Lakes Ranger District
- Make sure you are cutting on National Forest lands by downloading interactive visitor maps to the Avenza mobile app, for either the Canyon Lakes Ranger District Avenza North Map, South Map or the Sulphur Ranger District Avenza North Map, South Map. PDF maps are also available for download and printing for both the Sulphur Ranger District North and South portions, as-well-as the Canyon Lakes Ranger District North and South.
- When planning your visit, make sure the Forest Service road you plan to drive is open using our Road Status Tables
- Snowmobiles are allowed in much of the Sulphur Ranger District when the snow level is six inches or greater.
- Refer to Harvest Locations to know where you cut
- Do not cut in or near developed recreation areas, such as a campground or picnic area, or near any residential areas
- Do not cut in wilderness areas, special protection areas, experimental forest or anywhere else that is marked as “No Cutting”
- Tree trunk size must be six inches or less in diameter (strictly enforced)
- Cut tree six inches or less from the ground
- No topping of trees
- No cutting trees within 75 feet of any road, trail, and all bodies of water
- No cutting trees marked with blue paint
- Handsaws required (chainsaws prohibited)
- Permits must be visible on the tree for easy viewing or visible on your dash
- Four-wheel, all-wheel drive, or chains required.
- Consider weekday cutting to avoid weekend crowds.
- Follow state and local guidance for COVID-19. Maintain social distance between you and other parties. Wear a mask when less than six feet from others.
- Be prepared for winter conditions and below freezing temperatures! Bring warm clothes, ice scraper, tow straps, chains, jumper cables, and other emergency supplies. Remember that cellphones may not work in the mountains
- Plan accordingly, the forest will likely have two or more feet of snow and temperatures drop quickly after dark. Please watch the weather and plan to cut your tree and be back at your vehicle by 3PM.
- Park in areas so that traffic can safely pass, including not blocking gates.
- CAUTION: Due to the mountain pine beetle epidemic and severe burn areas, avoid standing dead or burned trees. Stay out of recently burned areas and be aware that trees can fall at any time.
Country Ace Hardware
627 W. Agate
Granby, CO 80446
Monday – Saturday: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fireside Market and Eatery
78337 US Highway 40
Winter Park, CO 80482
Sunday – Saturday: 7:00 am – 9:00 pm
Murdoch’s Ranch and Home Supply
541 Zerex St.
Fraser, CO 80442
Monday – Saturday 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Winter Park Chamber of Commerce
78841 US Highway 40
Winter Park, CO 80482
Sunday – Saturday: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Online at: www.recreation.gov/tree-permits/arp
You are required to print the permit and have with you when you cut your tree.
Grand Lake Visitor's Center
14700 US Hwy 34
Grand Lake, CO 80447
Monday - Friday : 9:00 am – 3:00 pm