Christmas tree permits for the Pike-San Isabel National Forests and Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands are available to purchase online. Permits for the Leadville, Salida, San Carlos, South Park and South Platte Ranger Districts are also on sale now. Permits for the Pikes Peak Ranger District are available via the same site beginning November 26, 2021.
“Selecting and cutting a tree is a fantastic way for families and friends to engage with the forest. It is a great way to make holiday memories together while improving forest health by removing trees from densely-populated stands,” said Deputy Forest and Grassland Supervisor Jim Pitts.
Visitors can purchase a Christmas Tree permit at the Pike-San Isabel National Forests & Cimarron and Comanche National Grasslands site on Recreation.gov by either logging in or setting up their Recreation.gov account to complete the transaction. Permits for the San Carlos, Salida and Leadville Ranger Districts are $10 per tree and $20 per tree on the South Park, South Platte and Pikes Peak Ranger Districts, plus a nominal Recreation.gov transaction fee.
In addition to permits, the site contains details about designated cutting areas as well as maps and tips for selecting and cutting trees. It is important for guests to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to buying, as permits are only valid in the district for which they were purchased. Permits are also not transferable, nor may they be extended from one year to the next.
Visitors should have printed permits with them and follow all stipulations as well as recommended procedures when cutting Christmas trees. Additionally, weather conditions can change quickly so it is important to be prepared by dressing in warm layers and bringing a paper map, as cell service may be spotty or unavailable in areas of the forest.