MONTE VISTA — Christmas tree permits for the Rio Grande National Forest are now available to purchase both in-person and online through Recreation.gov for this holiday season.
There are three methods to purchase the required permit before you harvest your Christmas tree.
“Cutting a Christmas tree on a National Forest has been a treasured tradition for many Coloradans,” said Dan Dallas, Forest Supervisor for the Rio Grande. “It gives us much pleasure to play our small role in these family traditions. The Rio Grande National Forest is a great place to cut your own tree.” With the mild early winter, this year may prove to offer access to more locations than normal.
Fourth-graders may get a free Christmas tree permit when they present a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass. These passes may be obtained at https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm. The free permit may only be obtained online and at Rio Grande National Forest offices. The participating fourth-grader must be present.
For information on the Rio Grande National Forest, call 719-852-5941, visit the forest website, or follow on Facebook or Twitter.