- 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 southwestern 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!
- Ed Hice - Choose and Cut Christmas trees
888 2150 Road, Austin, CO 81410. Phone: 970-835-8903.
- Colorado Native Christmas Trees - Precut trees
777 Ute Lane, Gunnison, CO. Phone: 970-275-4852. Open: Monday to Thursday: 9 am to 8 pm, Weekends: 8 am to 9 pm. Directions: 1.5 miles east of Gunnison, Left on CR 72, 5th house on the left. Look for the Reindeer. All trees you receive will look unique and different, and will very in shape and style. All trees shipped will be between 18 and 24 inches long. Order a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree! (ADDED: November 15, 2013, from their website)
La Plata County
- Sweet Springs Tree Farm - Christmas
trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas boughs,
19504 Knobley Road, Burlington, WV 26710. Phone: 304-289-3676. Alternate Phone: 304-813-0176. Open: Saturday, from 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday, from noon to 5 pm; or call for a convenient time. Directions: Farm is located 1.8 miles from US Route 50 on Knobley Road South near Antioch, WV. Click here for a map and directions. Retail and Choose and Cut lots open the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Payment: Cash, Check.
Christmas tree varieties:
U-Choose and Cut varieties: Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, White Fir (Concolor Fir).
PreCut varieties: Blue Spruce, White Fir (Concolor Fir), Douglas Fir.
(ADDED: November 26, 2014)
Christmas Trees at the Covered Bridge - Christmas trees-you
choose and you cut, Living Christmas trees (to plant later), Christmas
wreaths, Christmas boughs, garlands, Christmas decorations, tree shaking
provided, trees baled, saws provided, winter hay rides, bonfires, free
hot coffee, free hot cider, gift shop, porta-potties, farm animals
17249 6250 Road, Montrose, CO 81403. Phone: (970) 240-0106. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Open: Friday after Thanksgiving through December 23 on Wednesday through Sunday from 10am to 4:30pm, (closed on Monday and Tuesdays). Directions: From downtown Montrose take CO90 West. At top of the hill, CO90 will turn left then right. Turn left onto 6250 Road (Dave Wood Road). Cross over canal. The ranch gate is part way down the four rail fence on right. Click here for a map and directions. Payment: Cash, Check, Debit cards, Visa/MasterCard, Discover, AmEx. Click here for our Facebook page.
Christmas tree varieties:
You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Austrian Pine, Black Hills Spruce, Canaan Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine, White Fir (Concolor Fir), White Pine.
Living, rooted tree varieties: Colorado Blue Spruce.
(UPDATED: November 15, 2012)
Rio Grande County
San Juan County
San Miguel County
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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