FAIRPLAY, Colo. (USFS Release) - Soon it will be time to bundle up and fetch your Christmas tree from the South Park Ranger District of the Pike National Forest. Walk-in permits at the district office go on sale from November 18 - December 24. Permits can be requested by mail by writing to: South Park Ranger District, Attn: Christmas Tree Permit, PO Box 219, Fairplay CO 80440.
Requests for a permit and tree-cutting information can also be downloaded from our website by clicking here.
The district will accept permit requests anytime, but will mail the permits out beginning November 18.
For a walk-in permit on November 18 or later, the office hours are:
-Monday through Friday: 8 am - 4:30 pm
-Saturdays (Nov. 30, Dec. 7, 14, and 21 only): 9 am - 2 pm
-Sundays (Dec. 1 and 8 only): 9 am - 2 pm
The office is closed on Thanksgiving Day.
The South Park Ranger District sells stuffed toys, games, apparel, and local-interest books. Enjoy 15 percent off during their holiday sale, which runs from November 29 – December 14.
“It’s a relaxing family tradition for many who drive a little further to the South Park Ranger District to find the perfect Christmas tree,” says District Ranger Josh Voorhis, “We’re away from the crowds, we offer a district-wide permit, and cutting is allowed from Monday the week before Thanksgiving through Christmas Eve.”
People holding permits may cut trees almost anywhere on the district. A map is included with each permit showing any restricted areas. Forest roads are not plowed. Four-wheel drive, high-clearance, and/or chains may be needed.
South Park Ranger District does not run out of permits.
Call the office at 719-836-2031 for more information.