Find local Christmas tree farms here!

Whether you want to cut your own tree, pick a live tree and have it cut for you, buy a tree already cut or buy a living tree you can plant, this page provides detailed listings of southwestern Colorado's choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms, places to buy pre-cut (also called pre-harvested and fresh-cut) trees, stands, sleigh rides, hay rides and related winter events and fun. Some listings are for tree farms, others are tree lots, and some only offer hay rides, sleigh rides or other winter events. READ EACH LISTING to know what each facility offers. The farms are listed further down this page, so scroll down the page! Since this service is free and open to ALL Christmas tree farms, not just those who belong to an association or pay for an ad, like almost all other websites do, this is the most complete and current listing available! I'm always looking for more to add, and to correct any inaccuracies or errors, so if you encounter any, please email me !

Tips:

  • If the name of the farm is blue with an underline; that's a link to their website. Click on it for the most current hours and information.
  • ALWAYS call the farm or store BEFORE YOU GO to confirm their supply, their hours and whether they have trees, are allowing choose-and-cut or just precut trees; and which attractions or winter activities are available.  All three can change during the short Christmas season, due to weather, demand and the farmer's business conditions! Farms get sold, shut down or run out of trees, and they don't all update me every day, let alone every year. For more tips to make your trip fun and successful, click here !
    DON'T DRIVE OUT THERE IF YOU CAN'T REACH THEM (by phone, email or find current information on their website or Facebook page!
  • And please tell the farmer you visit in southwestern Colorado that you found their farm here! I need the farmers to realize that you found them here so that they will keep their information up to date!
  • After Christmas, click here to find how how and where to easily recycle or dispose of your Christmas tree! And to recycle used, broken or old Christmas lights and electronics See this page for local options to easily recycle your Christmas holiday lights

And if you know of one I missed and want to add it or correct the information, please let me know !  

Updates for December 2017

December: Most Christmas tree farms open on the Friday right after Thanksgiving and are open up to Christmas Eve.Some are only open on weekends, or only have hayrides, Santa visits and events on weekends.

And next Spring, you'll want to take your children to a free Easter egg hunt - see our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt -  (www.EasterEggHuntsAndEasterEvents.org) . It's the ONLY website that is updated every Easter for all Easter Egg hunts in the U.S.

Christmas tree farms, lots and activities, sorted by county

Click on Resources above, if you need a county map

Alamosa County

Archuleta County

Chaffee County

Conejos County

Costilla County

Custer County

Delores County

Delta County

  • Ed Hice -  Choose and Cut Christmas trees
    888 2150 Road, Austin, CO 81410. Phone: 970-835-8903.

Fremont County

Gunnison County

  • Colorado Native Christmas Trees - Precut trees
    777 Ute Lane, Gunnison, CO.  Phone: 970-275-4852. Open: Thanksgiving to Christmas Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 8:30 pm, Friday and Saturday from 8 am to 9 pm; Sunday from 9 am to 8 pm. Directions: 79th and Lookout Road Longmont, Colorado.   Directions: 1.5 miles east of Gunnison, Left on CR 72, 5th house on the left. Look for the Reindeer. All trees you receive will look unique and different, and will very in shape and style. All trees shipped will be between 18 and 24 inches long. Order a Charlie Brown Christmas Tree!

Hinsdale County

La Plata County

Mineral County

  • Sweet Springs Tree Farm - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Christmas boughs,
    19504 Knobley Road, Burlington, WV 26710. Phone: 304-289-3676. Alternate Phone: 304-813-0176. Open: Saturday, from 9 am to 5 pm; Sunday, from noon to 5 pm; or call for a convenient time. Directions: Farm is located 1.8 miles from US Route 50 on Knobley Road South near Antioch, WV. Click here for a map and directions. Retail and Choose and Cut lots open the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Payment: Cash, Check.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, White Fir (Concolor Fir).
    PreCut varieties: Blue Spruce, White Fir (Concolor Fir), Douglas Fir.

Montezuma County

Montrose County

  • Covered Bridge Ranch - Christmas trees-you choose and you cut, Precut Christmas trees, Living Christmas trees (to plant later), Christmas wreaths, Christmas boughs, garlands, tree shaking provided, trees baled, saws provided, winter hay rides, Christmas event or festival, bonfires and smores, gift shop, concessions / refreshment stand, porta-potties, picnic area, petting zoo, farm animals, birthday parties, school tours, group reservations
    17249 6250 Road, Montrose, CO 81403. Phone: (917) 224-5313. Alternate Phone: (970) 240-0106. Email: natalie@coveredbridgeranch.com . Open: November 25 to December 23; Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 4:30pm. Click here for current open hours, days and dates. Directions: Click here for a map and directions. . Payment: Cash, Check, Visa/MasterCard. Click here for our Facebook page . Come join our traditional family holiday festivities at our scenic ranch located in the valley of the San Juan Mountains. Our iconic Covered Bridge is the perfect setting where many families come to make memories and have fun!.
    Christmas tree varieties:
    You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Austrian Pine, Black Hills Spruce, Colorado Blue Spruce, Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine, White Fir (Concolor Fir), White Pine.
    PreCut varieties: Black Hills Spruce, Canaan Fir, Colorado Blue Spruce, White Fir (Concolor Fir), Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Scotch Pine, White Fir (Concolor Fir), White Pine.
    Living, rooted tree varieties: Colorado Blue Spruce.

Ouray County

Park County

Rio Grande County

Saguache County

San Juan County

San Miguel County


Events, Other information and related links:

Permits to cut in state and national forests:

Christmas tree permits, which allow you to cut your own Christmas tree on public lands, are now on sale at National Forest/BLM offices and selected retail outlets in southwestern Colorado.

The Rocky Mountain Region manages 17 national forests and seven national grasslands throughout Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, along with most of South Dakota and Wyoming. Cutting a Christmas tree in a national forest is a tradition for many residents of the Rocky Mountain Region. In doing so, you take an active part in managing your national forests as you celebrate your own family's holiday tradition! To skip general tree cutting information and view cutting area maps:
Regional Christmas Tree Cutting Information Map
Front Range/Denver Metro Area Map
 This year's regional primary Christmas tree cutting dates are always set at the last minute (usually announced in late November) and take place in early December. In order to provide some consistency for the region, primary Christmas tree cutting dates are set which means that all tree cutting areas in our region must be open between those dates. However, some areas allow cutting as early as Thanksgiving and some allow cutting until the end of the year. 
Christmas tree cutting permits are generally available from most US Forest Service offices throughout the Rocky Mountain Region. Check out the informational links below or call the office of the closest Ranger District to the area you want to cut in to verify that they are offering Christmas tree cutting permits. 
Call the Public Lands Information Center (PLIC) at 303-239-3838 for more information
or check out the informational links below.  

 See the following links below for specific information by location:

  • Denver & Front Range Areas: Four primary cutting areas along the Front Range in the Arapaho, Pike and Roosevelt National Forests serve metro Denver and surrounding communities (click to see a map ).  See their website for more information! Core Cutting Dates: Call the park or forest to verify this year's adtes - they are usually announced in late November
    Permits: $10 each (last reported). One tree per permit. Limit 5 permits per person. All sales are final.
    Area Entry Hours: 8:30 am to 2:30 pm to For your safety, no entry is allowed before or after these hours.
  • Grand Valley District 2017 Christmas Tree Permits - Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase at Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre, and Gunnison National Forests (GMUG) office locations beginning November 20, for personal use. The cost per permit is $8.00 and may be purchased with cash, check or credit card at National Forest office locations. There is a maximum of five tree permits per person. More information here
  • Routt National Forest - 2008 Permits are $10 per tree with a maximum of five per household. Have your permit with you when cutting a tree, to be secured to the tree at the time of cutting.
  • San Juan National Forest - A 2008 permit, which costs $8, allows you to cut one tree up to 20 feet tall for personal use. The permits expire on December 31.
  • White River National Forest - 2008 Permits are $10 per tree and may be purchased at the WRNF offices or the BLM Field Office in Glenwood Springs, Monday through Friday during normal business hours. For additional information, please contact the White River National Forest in Carbondale at 970-963-2266 or the Glenwood Springs BLM Field Office at 970-947-2800.

Colorado state forests:

  • Christmas tree cutting permits at Golden Gate State Park - Beginning November 12, a limited number of permits will be available for the Golden Gate Canyon State Park Christmas tree sale, just 30 minutes outside of the Denver metro area.  All cutting activities will take plac on one weekend in early December.  Unfortunately, the Parks rarely announce the dates online until the last minute (if at all; their website is gone and there is absolutely nothing available about them online - for those of you who want government to run healthcare... keep in mind they can't even do a good job with Christmas trees in a state park!), so I can't tell you the exact dates and details - you must call the Visitor Center at 303-582-3707 for this year's information. Areas for both four-wheel and two-wheel drive vehicles will be available, with some hiking required.  The tree permits will be available at the Golden Gate Canyon State Park Visitor Center located at 92 Crawford Gulch Road, 15 miles west of Golden.  To reach the Visitor Center, turn west on Golden Gate Canyon Road, off of Highway 93.  Permits will be sold from 9 am to 4 pm daily, while supplies last.  Permits may also be purchased over the phone with a credit card by calling 303-582-3707.  Visitors must pick up their permits at the Visitor Center prior to cutting.  A detailed map with additional information is provided with each permit. The last update we had said the permit cost was $20, and permit holders are allowed one tree per permit.  Permits will be discounted to $10 for those purchasing an Annual State Park Pass.  A valid park pass is required on each vehicle.  Daily passes are available at the Visitor Center the day of the cut for $6 per vehicle. Trees must be cut with hand tools, such as a handsaw or an axe; chainsaws and power saws are not prohibited.  Christmas trees up to 15 feet tall or six inches in trunk diameter may be removed.  Tree selections include Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Lodge Pole Pine and Rocky Mountain Juniper. Permit holders will be assisting Golden Gate Canyon State Park by thinning overcrowded dense vegetation.  This selective thinning will improve the overall forest health and reduce the impacts of future wildfires. For more current information, see this page or contact the Visitor Center at 303-582-3707.

General information

(Some of these external links and the search engine on their website may not work all of the time )

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