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This holiday season, permits are available for cutting Christmas trees on the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands in central and eastern Colorado, by visiting the BLM  Gunnison, San Luis Valley, and Royal Gorge field offices through Dec 24.

Cutting down a Christmas tree (Photo by Taylor Sumners)

Permits may be purchased for $10 per tree at the BLM field offices in Gunnison, Monte Vista and Canon City between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Permits are also available at the Silverton BLM field station, with office hours available by contacting their office.

Permits can be purchased with cash, check or credit card and must be picked up in person. Each field office has maps of available cutting areas and information on which tree species are available for harvest.

More information about Christmas tree cutting on BLM lands can be found by calling or visiting the following BLM offices:

  • Gunnison Field Office: 210A West Spencer Avenue in Gunnison or (970) 642-4940
  • Silverton Field Station: 1428 Greene Street Suite, #1B or (970) 387-9871 (credit card preferred for payment)
  • Monte Vista Field Office: 1313 E. Highway 160 in Monte Vista, or (719) 852-7074
  • Royal Gorge Field Office: 3028 East Main Street in Canon City or (719) 269-8500

The BLM recommends bringing along a handsaw, eye protection, rope or twine, extra food, water and blankets when selecting and cutting a tree. Tire chains, a shovel and emergency supplies are also valuable to have along.

Permit holders are encouraged to bring maps and ensure they are cutting a tree on BLM lands in an area that is open to tree cutting.