Cutting Down a Christmas Tree in Colorado

Why buy a Christmas Tree when you can cut one down yourself?!

While most people will go to the grocery store or a local vendor this winter and buy their Christmas tree, I suggest taking an alternative route. Gather the family, go to your favorite outdoor spot with a mug of hot chocolate and cut down your own!   

Cut down your own Christmas Tree this year!
photo credit: www.fs.usda.gov

The Dillon Ranger District is now selling $10 permits that grant you safe access to Christmas tree cutting. Summit County is now an open district, meaning that as long as you have purchased a permit and stay away from certain areas, you are free to choose an appropriate tree and make it your own! There are obviously some guidelines to follow if you choose to take this route…

You are NOT allowed to cut down a tree in any of the following areas:

– ski areas
– campgrounds
– wilderness areas
– developed forest land
– in-town areas

When choosing a tree, look for a bunch of trees and then pick the smallest one.  This will promote the grove to grow faster and be healthier.  Cut the tree as close to the ground as possible, leaving only 6 inches or less on the stump.

That leaves quite a few places to find the perfect tree this season! Since the holidays are all about spending time with your family and enjoying each others company, add this to the holiday schedule and enjoy another great experience with your loved ones. Please make sure you get all the necessary information about what trees are and are not allowed to be cut down when purchasing a permit. Some great areas near Keystone to cut a tree are near Montezuma and the Keystone Gulch area. Enjoy!

Written By: Patrick Foley

 

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