Cut Your Own Colorado Christmas Tree

Here's what you need to know before you go.

Traipsing through the woods, warming your hands in your jacket pockets singing holiday songs and laughing until, you spot it, the perfect pine to call your Christmas tree. Here’s what you need to know if you’re looking to harvest your own in the Pikes Peak region this December.

Do’s

• Always get a permit - these are issued annually for two weeks through the Pikes Peak Ranger District and cost $20.
• Harvest within the permit date
• Be mindful of wildlife and trails
• Use only handsaws
• Bring a measuring tape or yardstick to make sure it fits
• Attach your permit tag to the tree before loading up
• Use a four-wheel-drive or chained vehicle
• Wear warm layers
• Have a tank full of gas
• Bring a rope and tarp
• Call the Pikes Peak Ranger District Office for more info at 719-477-4221

Don’ts 

• Use chainsaws as they aren’t permitted and could spark wildfires.
• Harvest outside of the permitted dates, fines can reach up to $5,000 and six months in jail.
• Disturb or feed wildlife
• Cut marked trees, specifically with blue paint
• Leave a trace 
• Cut just the top of the tree
• Let pets off-leash