Yep, you can go in the foirest and cut your own Christmas tree for 10 bucks. There ARE some rules; like you need a permit, and it is a national forest, so you can't use a chain saw, and you need to take care not to damage the place, but here are the rules:
Permit Sales: The Pikes Peak Ranger District will be offering Christmas tree permits from November 27 through December 15, 2017 at the District Office (601 S. Weber St., Colorado Springs, CO. ) from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Woodland Park: Permits will be available on site at the Woodland Park Middle School (600 E Kelly Rd.), East parking lot on December 2nd and 3rd, as well as December 9th and 10, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Cash and Check Only On Weekends). On December 9th, parking will be limited as Christmas tree sales will be located near the ballfield, in the upper gravel lot. No mail orders will be accepted.
Cost: Permits are $10.00 per tree, with a limit of 5 permits per person. No credit cards accepted at the sales trailer, which will be located in the Middle School East parking lot. All sales are final; No refunds will be given.
Cutting Dates: Trees may be cut any time after purchase of permit through December 15. REMEMBER TO ATTACH THE PERMIT TAG TO YOUR TREE AS YOU LOAD IT INTO YOUR VEHICLE. Be sure it is clearly visable as you leave the area.
What trees may you cut:
Trees are of various species including:
The trees are native and are not as thick, or conical shaped as those grown on a Christmas tree farm, since they are not pruned and may have uneven lighting. And some of the Douglas Fir trees have been damaged by Western Spruce Budworm. That won't cause any harm to you; but they may not look as nice.
Cutting Your Tree: Cut trees no greater than 6 inches in diameter and as close to the ground as possible. Remove the entire tree, PLEASE do not cut just the top of the trees.
Where may you cut:: Trees may be cut on National Forest lands just east and north of Woodland Park along the Rampart Range Road, #300. Follow the signs.
Vehicles: Four-wheel drive vehicles or chains are generally required. Road accessibility will not be guaranteed. North end roads 325, 237, 348, 351, require 4-wheel drive and chains. When Parking, you may only pull one vehicle length off the main road.
Prohibited: Chainsaws are not permitted; a handsaw will be adequate. The permittee is responsible for knowing public land boundaries. The area will be well signed.
Recommended: Cutters need to be prepared for winter weather. Allow up to four hours for your trip.
Forest health is important, by removing these smaller trees you are contributing to the overall well being of the forest and reducing fire danger.
Persons cutting or removing trees from the National Forest without a valid permit are subject to a fine of up to $5000 and/or 6 months imprisonment!
Please call our District Office at 719-636-1602 for more info.