Cut your own Christmas Tree on the Sulphur Ranger District Dec 5-12 |

Cut your own Christmas Tree on the Sulphur Ranger District Dec 5-12

Courtesy of U.S. Forest Service
Santa arrives in Hot Sulphur Springs to help light the tree, Thursday, Nov. 19.
Staff Photo |

For generations, families from across Grand County and the Front Range have made a tradition out of Christmas tree hunting in the mountains west of Denver. A trip to the Sulphur Ranger District offers a memorable holiday experience. Combined with any of Grand County’s activities and events, visitors can make a full-day or even a full-weekend event out of holiday tree shopping.

How it works

Christmas tree hunters must first obtain a U.S. Forest Service permit. Permits cost $10 per tree and are limited to a maximum of five permits per person. This permit allows visitors to cut Christmas trees from almost anywhere in the Sulphur Ranger District from Nov. 1 through Jan. 1. Most roads are closed to motor vehicles after Nov. 19, but snowmobiles or skis may be used to access much of the district. For a map of cutting areas and more information, visit

Where to buy a permit

Christmas Tree permits for all areas MUST be purchased in advance and are available at the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce located at 78841 U.S. Highway 40, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week; Country Ace Hardware in Granby at627 West Agate Ave from 9 to 5, seven days a week; the Sulphur Ranger District Office located at 9 Ten Mile Drive in Granby, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; and Murdoch’s in Fraser at 541 Zerex St. and open 7:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. Monday – Saturday, and 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday.

Elk Creek Cutting Area

The Elk Creek Cutting Area is located west of Fraser, on County Road 72. This area offers visitors the opportunity to drive through prime Christmas tree cutting terrain from Dec. 5-12, 2015. Roads will be plowed to allow motor vehicles equipped with four-wheel-drive or chained tires entry from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Snowmobiles and ATVs are not allowed in the cutting area. Permits are not available on site.

What to bring

Christmas tree hunters must bring their own handsaw or ax (chainsaws are prohibited); gear for walking through deep snow and winter clothing. Sun protection, water, warm drinks and snacks are recommended. Additionally straps, strong cords, a tarp, a sled and work gloves help when transporting and loading the tree.

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