Christmas tree cutting permits now available at USFS offices
For those who want to trek into the wilderness to find a perfect Christmas tree, White River National Forest tree permits are now available at area ranger district offices.
Forest Service ranger districts on the White River National Forest offer permits for sale but no permits will be available for sale at the supervisor’s office. A permit allows members of public to cut a Christmas tree for personal use on national forest lands, as authorized on the permit and the accompanying maps.
Persons cutting trees must have a valid permit in their possession when cutting a tree and once the tree is cut the permit must be attached to the tree. Forest service permits are only valid for trees located on National Forest system lands. Permit costs $10 per tree.
Permits come with information explaining regulations and also giving helpful tips. The national forest offices also sell maps and offer free advice on the best areas for tree harvesting, species availability, travel management requirements and any other restrictions of note. No cutting is permitted in campgrounds or other recreation/facility sites, Wilderness and/or near lakes, streams or in wetland areas.
All Forest Service offices will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Locally permits will be sold at:
Eagle-Holy Cross Ranger District
125 West 5th Street
Eagle, CO 81631
970-328-6388 (on sale Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm)
Holy Cross Ranger Office (Vail area)
24747 US Highway 24
Minturn, CO 81645
970-827-5715 (on sale Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, closed for lunch 12:30-1:30pm)
Aspen-Sopris Ranger District (Carbondale Office only)
620 Main Street
Carbondale, CO 81623
970-963-2266 (on sale Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm only)
Sales for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger Station will not begin until Nov. 28. Forest Service Road 300 off of Four Mile is a preferred cutting location for the Aspen-Sopris Ranger District. Thanks to Rocky Mountain Natural Gas and Garfield County for plowing the road to make it accessible for Christmas Tree harvesting!
Blanco Ranger District
220 East Market Street
Meeker, CO 81641
970-878-4039 (on sale Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm)
Dillon Ranger District
680 Blue River Parkway
Silverthorne, CO 80498
970-468-5400 (on sale Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, closed for lunch 12:30-1:30 pm; Saturdays 12/6, 12/13, and 12/20 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm)
Rifle Ranger District
0094 County Road 244
Rifle, CO 81650
970-625-2371 (on sale Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm).
The parcel where workforce housing is being proposed was listed for decades as belonging to the Colorado Department of Transportation.