- If the name of the farm is blue with an underline; that's a link to their website. Click on it for the most current hours and information.
- ALWAYS call the farm or store BEFORE YOU GO to confirm their supply, their hours
and whether they have trees, are allowing choose-and-cut or just precut trees; and which attractions or winter activities are available.
All three can change during the short Christmas season, due to weather, demand and the farmer's business conditions! Farms get sold, shut down or run out of trees, and they don't all update me every day, let alone every year. For
more tips to make your trip fun
and successful, click here!
DON'T DRIVE OUT THERE IF YOU CAN'T REACH THEM BY PHONE OR EMAIL!
- And please tell the farmer you visit in northwest Colorado that you found their farm here! I need the farmers to realize that you found them here so that they will keep their information up to date!
- To find fruit and vegetable pick-you-own farms, click here.
- Crop availability / harvest schedule for fruit and vegetables, click here
- To find pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other Halloween activities, click here.
NOTE: BE SURE TO CALL THE FARMS BEFORE YOU GO!
Clear Creek County
Orchard Mesa Tree Farm - Choose and Cut Christmas trees
3338 C Road, Palisade, CO. Phone: 970-523-0401. Open: from the day after Thanksgiving to December 22, Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m to 4 pm, Tuesday to Friday, 12 pm to 4 pm. Directions: South on 32 Road, left or east on C Road 1 and 1/2 mile, farm is on your left or on the north side of C Road.
(UPDATED: December 04, 2015, JBS)
- Breckenridge Sleigh Rides - sleigh rides (no trees for sale)
PO Box 8569, Breckenridge, Colorado 80424. Phone: 970-453-4405. Fax: 970-453-8991. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. Dash through a Winter Wonderland in the majestic Rocky Mountains, on a handcrafted red sleigh drawn by powerful Draft horses. We invite you to join us for a memorable experience that will be the highlight of your Breckenridge Colorado vacation. Gold Run Mountain Lodge Dinner Sleigh Rides. Enjoy live musical entertainment, the warmth of the stone fireplace and the premier bar. Scenic Fondue Sleigh Rides: Discover the magic of the mountains as your sleigh glides through open meadows with incredible views of the majestic Ten Mile Mountain Range. Included is a light meal of a tasty cheese fondue. Create a lasting memory as you listen to sleigh bells and delight in the frosty scenery. Exclusive Sleigh Rides: The Carriage Sleigh is truly out of a fairy tale. It is romantic, private and memorable. This intimate sleigh ride is the perfect setting for a proposal, anniversary or any special occasion. Four adults and two lap children are the maximum capacity. Sleigh Rides are approximately 40 minutes. A family, group or organization can reserve our beautiful, red sleighs for a private sleigh ride. Family Owned and Operated. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED. 48 hour cancellation policy.
- Nordic Sleigh Rides - sleigh rides (no trees for sale)
Breckenridge, Colorado 80424. Phone: 970-453-2005. Your evening begins with a sleigh ride on custom-built Santa sleighs pulled by huge Belgian draft horses wearing antique brass sleigh bells. Under crisp Colorado skies, the horses deliver your sleigh to a recreation of an 1860's miner's camp. You'll feel as though you've gone back in time 140 years to Breckenridge's early mining days! As your sleigh is arriving at the camp you will be greeted by the sounds of "rag-time" being played on a piano made in 1895. For your meal, we serve great steaks, barbecue chicken or baked salmon dinners complete with hot apple pie for dessert. Much of your meal will be prepared on an antique wood cook stove that actually came out a mining camp in 1865. PRICING INFORMATION: Adults $75.00, Children (4-12) $53.00. Ride times begin at 5:00 pm and 7:30 pm each evening. Prices include Sleigh ride, dinner, show and gratuity. Transportation round trip to and from Breckenridge - $4 Prices do not include taxes. Kids 3 and under are free.
- Two Below Zero - Dinner sleigh rides (no trees for sale)
Breckenridge, Colorado 80424. Phone: (800) 571-MULE (6853). Alternate phone: (970) 453-1520. Directions: Only 8 miles from Breckenridge and 1 mile from Frisco. From I-70, Frisco Exit #203, South on Highway 9, 1 mile. Frisco Nordic Center is on the left. Follow road straight to the log lodge. Click here for a map. Open: Monday through Saturday, Closed Sundays, Nightly trips at 5:00 pm to Cocoa Ride and 6:30 pm to Dinner Ride. the area's only mule-drawn sleigh ride! The Two Below Zero brand is a 3rd-generation Colorado brand, originating with my grandfather, passed to my father and myself. One day it'll belong to our son, Jacob. Climb aboard a handcrafted oak sleigh and nestle yourself under an antique lap robe. To the beautiful sound of sleigh bells ringing, a handsome team of mules will take you down a secluded, picturesque trail. Vistas of grand mountain peaks and towering pines await you at every turn along the relaxing ride. Arrive 30 minutes early to check in. We depart on schedule!!! Holiday departure times may vary. Dress for the weather - hats, gloves, warm shoes and coats are a must! Three 12-passenger sleighs are available. Trail is groomed daily.
Events, Other information and related links:
Christmas tree permits, which allow you to cut your own Christmas tree on public lands, are now on sale at National Forest/BLM offices and selected retail outlets in southwestern Colorado. A permit, which costs between $8 and $10 (2008 prices), varies by location, allows you to cut one tree up to 20 feet tall for personal use. This year’s permits expire December 25, 2008 (some locations later, December 31, but what's the point?). Permits come with a brochure, that explains regulations and offers helpful tips. National Forest/BLM offices also sell maps and offer free advice on the best areas for tree harvesting, and the best species of tree to cut. See the following links below for specific information by location:
Denver & Front Range Areas: Four primary cutting areas along the
Front Range in the Arapaho, Pike and Roosevelt National Forests serve
metro Denver and surrounding communities (click to see a
map). See their
website for more information! Core Cutting Dates:
December 6-14, 2008
Permits: $10 each. One tree per permit. Limit 5 permits per person. All sales are final.
Area Entry Hours: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm to For your safety, no entry is allowed before or after these hours.
- Grand Valley District
- Routt National Forest - 2008 Permits are $10 per tree with a maximum of five per household. Have your permit with you when cutting a tree, to be secured to the tree at the time of cutting.
- San Juan National Forest - A 2008 permit, which costs $8, allows you to cut one tree up to 20 feet tall for personal use. The permits expire on December 31.
- White River National Forest - 2008 Permits are $10 per tree and may be purchased at the WRNF offices or the BLM Field Office in Glenwood Springs, Monday through Friday during normal business hours. For additional information, please contact the White River National Forest in Carbondale at 970-963-2266 or the Glenwood Springs BLM Field Office at 970-947-2800.
Colorado state forests:
- Christmas tree cutting permits at Golden Gate State Park - Beginning Nov. 12, a limited number of permits will be available for the Golden Gate Canyon State Park Christmas tree sale, just 30 minutes outside of the Denver metro area. All cutting activities will take place on Dec. 6 – 7, 2008. Areas for both four-wheel and two-wheel drive vehicles will be available, with some hiking required. The tree permits will be available at the Golden Gate Canyon State Park Visitor Center located at 92 Crawford Gulch Road, 15 miles west of Golden. To reach the Visitor Center, turn west on Golden Gate Canyon Road, off of Highway 93. Permits will be sold from 9 am to 4 pm daily, while supplies last. Permits may also be purchased over the phone with a credit card by calling 303-582-3707. Visitors must pick up their permits at the Visitor Center prior to cutting. A detailed map with additional information is provided with each permit. The 2008 permit cost is $20, and permit holders are allowed one tree per permit. Permits will be discounted to $10 for those purchasing a 2008 Annual State Park Pass. A valid park pass is required on each vehicle. Daily passes are available at the Visitor Center the day of the cut for $6 per vehicle. Trees must be cut with hand tools, such as a handsaw or an axe; chainsaws and power saws are not prohibited. Christmas trees up to 15 feet tall or six inches in trunk diameter may be removed. Tree selections include Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Lodge Pole Pine and Rocky Mountain Juniper. Permit holders will be assisting Golden Gate Canyon State Park by thinning overcrowded dense vegetation. This selective thinning will improve the overall forest health and reduce the impacts of future wildfires. For more current information, see this page or contact the Visitor Center at 303-582-3707.
(Some of these external links and the search engine on their website may not work all of the time )
- Christmas Tree Cutting Permits
- Holiday Tree Information for the Pikes Peak Ranger District
- U.S. Forest Service, (303) 275-5350 (regional office in Denver)
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