Christmas Tree Permits
We appreciate your patience and holiday spirit when purchasing, as we sell thousands of permits each season you may have to wait a few minutes.
When / Where to Purchase:
GRANBY USFS OFFICE
- Located in Downtown Granby (about 20 min from Winter Park) directly off Hwy 40
- Available for purchase from November 2nd -January 6th
- Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed holidays
- Mail in checks are accepted. Make check payable to USDA Forest Service and mail to PO Box 10, Granby, CO 80446. Permit and information is sent upon receipt of payment.
- Contact 970.887.4100
ACE COUNTRY HARDWARE IN GRANBY
- Located in Downtown Granby directly off Hwy 40 just before the Hwy 34 turn-off
- Available for purchase through Dec. 25th
- Open everyday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm
- Contact 970.887.3395
WINTER PARK INFORMATION CENTER
- Located in Downtown Winter Park directly off Hwy 40 across from McDonalds
- Available for purchase November 1st to January 6th
- Open from 9:00am to 5:00pm everyday of the week unless otherwise noted. Holiday hours will be from 10:00am to 2:00pm
- Contact 970.726.4118
Cost of Permit/ Type of Payment:
- Permits are $10 per tree with a maximum of 5 trees per person
- All forms of payment are accepted including cash, check, and all types of credit card
- No military discounts are offered
ELK CREEK CUTTING AREA
- Open from December 5th to Dec 12th. PURCHASE YOUR PERMIT PRIOR TO ARRIVING.
- The entrance gates will only be open between the hours of 8:30 am – 2:30 pm. Please have your tree selected, and return to your vehicle before dusk (by 4:15pm) to allow time to load your tree and leave the area by 5pm.
- During this time period, snowmobiles are prohibited in the Elk Creek Cutting Area.
- Smokey Bear will be available for photo opportunities on December 5th, 6th, and 12th, so bring your camera! Donations are accepted.
- It is recommended to leave your pets at home. Leash laws are in effect.
- Required For Elk Creek Cutting: Tire chains or 4-wheel drive are required upon entering the cutting area. This is for your safety; please cooperate with this requirement. You will be asked to demonstrate that you have one or the other at the entrance. If the road conditions are icy, chains may be needed to get up the hill at the bottom of CR72, just out of Fraser.
Sulphur Ranger District Cutting Guidelines:
- Tree trunk size must be six inches or less in diameter (strictly enforced)
- Trees must be cut six inches or less from the ground
- Handsaws are best; chain saws are prohibited
- Pack out your own trash
- Dogs MUST be on a leash
- Permits must be visible on the tree for easy checkoutProhibited:
- Chainsaws or other power saws
- All-terrain vehicles or any other off-road vehicles
- No trespassing on private property
- Cutting trees marked with blue paint
How to Access Cutting Areas:
Most Forest Service roads are gated to wheeled vehicles after November 16th. Snowmobiles are allowed in much of the Sulphur Ranger District when the snow level is 6 inches or greater.
Keep in mind that many GPS programs do not work all that well up here, if you are not familiar with the area it is a good idea to review a map before you head out.
- Click Here for a Sulphur Ranger District Cutting Area Map
- Click Here for a map of the Elk Creek Loop
- You may also stop by the Winter Park Information Center to pick up a hard copy of this information.
Areas Closed to Cutting Christmas Trees:
**Penalties will apply if you are caught cutting a tree in one of these areas, please be respectful**
- The Fraser Experiment Forest
- Berthoud Pass area
- Indian Peaks, Never Summer, Vasquez Peak, Byers Peak Wilderness Areas
- Within ¼ mile of any highway
- James Peak Protection Area
- Developed recreation areas, such as campgrounds and picnic areas
- Areas within developed ski area boundaries
- Private Property
- Areas within 75 feet of any roads or trails and all bodies of water
What To Wear / Bring:
- Wear appropriate winter clothing: water proof pants and jackets (ski or snowmobile type clothing), warm fleece or wool layers, snow boots, mittens or gloves, hats, and sunglasses
- Have a full tank of gas
- Bring food, extra water, a shovel, a blanket, first aid kit and a warm drink
- We recommend that pets are left at home
Before you head out to cut your Christmas Tree, look-up-look-down-look around! Avoid standing dead trees and stay clear of any hazard tree logging operations. The forest will likely have up to two or more feet of snow, weather can change drastically during the day and temperatures drop quickly after dark (often below zero degrees) so please plan accordingly. Do not wander too far from your vehicle, always know the direction back to your vehicle and return to your vehicle before dark (by 4:00 pm) to allow time to load your tree. Also be sure to keep your group together at all times when out in the forest.
Smokey’s Holiday Tip:
A dry holiday tree is a tragedy waiting to happen. As soon as you bring your tree home, help make it fire-resistant by following columnist Jack Eden’s recipe.
- 2 gallons boiling water
- 2 cups (one pint bottle) clear corn syrup
- 2 oz. wetting agent (available at garden shops) or 2 oz. liquid Woolite
- 2 oz. cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. borax
- 4 oz. liquid chlorine bleach
Stir mixture well in a 3 to 5 gallon container. Make a fresh straight cut about 2 inches across the base of the tree. Then place the tree in the solution. It will take about five days for the tree to absorb the mix. When you bring the tree indoors, use the mix in the stand at all times. (Home Mechanix, Dec. 1989)