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This holiday season, permits are available for cutting trees on Bureau of Land Management (BLM) public lands in the San Luis Valley and Royal Gorge field offices through Dec. 24, 2022.

Permits may now be purchased online for either office, and maps of permissible cutting areas are available for those who wish to plan their trip in advance. To view an interactive BLM Colorado forest product harvest map follow this link:

The Salida District Forest Service Office hands out a Tree Identification flier to those getting permits to cut their own Christmas trees on U.S. Forest Service-managed lands.

San Luis Valley
Permits may be purchased for $10 per tree at the BLM field office in Monte Vista, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Permits can be purchased with cash, check, or credit card and must be picked up in person.

San Luis Valley Online Permit Purchase:

San Luis Valley Map:

Royal Gorge
Permits must be purchased online for sites managed by the Royal Gorge Field Office.

Royal Gorge Online Permit Purchase:

Royal Gorge Map:

For more information about tree cutting on BLM lands, please call or visit the nearest BLM office:

  • Monte Vista Field Office: 1313 E. Highway 160 in Monte Vista, or  719-852-7074
  • Royal Gorge Field Office: 3028 East Main Street in Cañon 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 if needed. 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.