Looking for a local Christmas tree farm, tree lot, sleigh ride, Santa visits, reindeer or hayride in Colorado? Just select your
area in the list or map below.
And if you know of one I missed and want to
add it or
information, or provide
feedback about a farm or the website, please let me know!
Updates for December 2016
December: Most Christmas tree farms open on the Friday right after Thanksgiving
and are open up to Christmas Eve.Some are only open on weekends, or only have
hayrides, Santa visits and events on weekends.
And next Spring, you'll want to take your children to a free Easter egg hunt
see our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt.
Christmas tree farms, lots and activities
Click one of these areas (or click on the map
further down this page)
NOTE: BE SURE TO CALL THE FARMS BEFORE YOU GO!
Click here for permits to cut in National
and state forests.
weather - click for forecast, or enter a zip code for a different
Events, Other information and related links:
Permits to cut in state and national forests:
Want to cut your own from a national forest in Colorado?
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:
Cutting a Christmas tree in a national forest is a tradition for many
residents of the Rocky Mountain Region. First, locate the forrest
This link has a easy to use map to find trees you may cut in a national
forest in your area. Just hover (position) your mouse over the
mouse on that page in your area. Next, you'll need a permit. Call the
office of the closest Ranger District to the area you want to cut in to
verify that they are offering Christmas tree cutting permits.
Denver and Front Range Cutting Areas
or on th For folks that are only interested in finding the Christmas
tree cutting areas closest to the Front Range [Denver Metro area]
can click on this
Range Cutting Areas
or on the small Front Range map to the left. You will then be taken to
the Front Range Cutting Areas Web page which shows the cutting areas
closest to (north to south) Ft. Collins, Denver and Colorado Springs.
Four primary cutting areas along the Front Range in the Arapaho, Pike
and Roosevelt National Forests serve metro Denver and surrounding
communities Core Cutting Dates:
are typically the first half of
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
Colorado state forests:
- Christmas tree cutting permits at Golden Gate State Park
- In 2012, starting on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 Golden Gate Canyon State
Park will offer a limited number of permits for cutting a Christmas tree
in selected areas of the park. Permits can be purchased for either
Saturday, December 1, or Sunday, December 2, 2012. Start a new family holiday
tradition this year by cutting a native Christmas tree from a forest
just 30 minutes from the Denver metropolitan area. Areas for either
four-wheel or two-wheel drive vehicles will be available, with some
hiking required. The permit is good; rain or snow, and no refunds will
be given for bad weather. The tree cutting permits will be available for
purchase in person at the Golden Gate Canyon State Park Visitor Center,
located at 92 Crawford Gulch Rd., 15 miles west of Golden, or by phone,
using a credit card for payment, by calling 303-582-3707. Permits will
be sold from 9 am to 4 pm daily. Visitors must collect their permits
from the visitor center on the permit date, prior to cutting their tree.
A detailed map with additional information will be provided with each
permit. The permit cost is $25. Permit holders are allowed one tree per
permit. A maximum of five permits per person is allowed. A valid park
pass is also required for each vehicle, either an annual parks pass or a
$7 daily pass, which can be purchased at the visitor center. 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.
current information, see this page or contact the Visitor Center at
(Some of these external links and the search engine on
their website may not work all of the time )
Do you know of any Christmas tree farms or other special Christmas and winter events in Colorado? Please tell me about them - Click here to write to me!