For generations, families from across Colorado have made a tradition of cutting their Christmas tree in the National Forests. 

Christmas tree permit sales go through January 6, 2020 and are available for $20 per tree. You can get your permit online or pick up a permit at one of the following locations:

  • Country Ace Hardware
  • Fireside Market & Eatery
  • Murdoch’s
  • Sulphur Ranger District Office
  • Winter Park & Fraser Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center

The Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests is one of thirteen National Forests participating in a pilot program, for the second year, offering permits online at Christmas tree permits purchased online must be printed to be valid.

Some tips to make your cutting experience better include:

  • Check the weather before heading out.
  • Ensure you have plenty of layers to keep you warm.
  • Be sure to have the tools necessary to cut your tree and know that chainsaws are not allowed. This includes a handsaw or ax and something to tie down your tree securely.

Please remember:

  • Cut trees only within the national forest boundary and respect surrounding private property.
  • Snowmobiles, motorcycles, and ATVs are prohibited in the Elk Creek cutting area.
  • Four-wheel drive or appropriate traction devices (chains or similar, not tire socks) are required on all vehicles. 
  • Roads are one-way and narrow in Elk Creek. Use caution and drive slowly.

The Elk Creek Cutting area near Fraser and Winter Park will be open from December 1-8, 2019. You must purchase your permit prior to arriving at the cutting area. Roads will be plowed to allow one way traffic of motor vehicles equipped with four-wheel-drive, all-wheel drive, or chained tires to enter from 9 am to 2 pm. Area gates close at 4 pm. Snowmobiles and ATVs are not allowed in the cutting area. From Fraser, travel west on County Road 72, take the left fork and continue on to the cutting area entrance.