SOUTHERN COLORADO, Colo. (KRDO) — Looking to take part in the age old tradition of chopping down your own Christmas tree this holiday season?
There are several districts you can go to in the Pike & San Isabel National Forests for a tree.
The Pikes Peak Ranger District is closest to Colorado Springs, with permits available 11/27 - 12/16.
The Pikes Peak Ranger District will be offering Christmas tree cutting permits online only at https://www.recreation.gov/tree-permits/49f7193c-e64e-11ea-a244-5e6d4b9f6262.
Permits cost $20.00 per tree, with a limit of 5 permits per person.
You can cut down Conifer (evergreen) trees of various species, including Douglas fir, Ponderosa pine, Engelmann spruce, and Limber pine. The Forest Service cautions that some Douglas fir trees have been damaged by Western Spruce Budworm.
The trees may be cut on National Forest System lands northwest of Woodland Park off Forest Service Roads 339 and 342, and in the north Divide area.
The South Park Ranger District encircles South Park. The area offers a more laid back experience, with unlimited permits and most of the district being open for cutting. Permits are available 10/15-12/31. Click here for more information.
You can also get a tree from the San Juan National Forest in the southwest part of the state. For information about San Juan National Forest permits click here. You can find maps of tree cutting areas by clicking here.