SO YOU WANTA CUT DOWN YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS TREE?

If you'd like to enjoy the Colorado tradition of heading into the mountains to choose your own Christmas tree this year, here's what you need to know.


  • Get a permit. If you're caught removing a tree from a national forest without a permit, you could face a fine of up to $5,000 and/or six months in prison. 
  • Prepare for winter driving conditions by bringing a four-wheel drive vehicle or chains. Roads may not be plowed.
  • Bring a hand saw or axe. Chainsaws are not allowed.
  • Bring a tarp and rope to bring your tree home.
  • Bring winter weather gear, including warm clothes, food, extra water, a blanket, a first-aid kit, and a hot drink.

Next, decide if you'd like to go to Woodland Park, Leadville, Salida, CaƱon City, or Fairplay.

Tree cutting near Woodland Park

If you'd like to cut your tree near Woodland Park, here's what you need to know. 

When and where to get a permit

  • Colorado Springs: Permits are available at the Pikes Peak Ranger District office at 601 South Weber Street in Colorado Springs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from November 26 to December 14.
  • Woodland Park: Permits are available at the Woodland Park Work Center at 1408 Rampart Range Road from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 1, 2, 8, and 9. Pay with cash or check only.
  • The cost is $20 per permit. There's a limit of five permits per person.

When and where to go

  • The tree-cutting area is located on national forest land along Rampart Range Road just east and north of Woodland Park. Follow the signs. 
  • Trees may be cut from November 26 through December 14.
  • The maximum tree size allowed is six inches in diameter at the base of the tree.
  • Cut the tree as close to the ground as possible. Remove the entire tree, not just the top.

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