Sheriff Nowlin

Phone: (970) 564-4986

Christmas Tree Permits Available Online from the San Juan National Forest for the Upcoming Holiday Season

 

Durango, Colo., November 9, 2020 – Christmas tree permits will be available to purchase with local vendors and online through Recreation.gov beginning November 12, 2020. Details about designated cutting areas, dates and types of trees that may be cut can be found here on the San Juan National Forest’s Christmas Tree Permit webpage on Recreation.gov.

“For many families, venturing into a National Forest to cut their Christmas tree for the holidays is a treasured tradition carried on for generations,” said Kara Chadwick, San Juan National Forest Supervisor. “For families creating new traditions, a trip to their local forest to cut their own Christmas tree may be a thrilling experience as they discover the joy of hiking through the forest in search of the perfect holiday centerpiece.”

It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Visitors will also need to set up or login to a Recreation.gov account to complete the transaction. Online permits are $8.00 plus a $2.50 fee to Rec.gov. Permits may also be purchased for $8.00 at any of the local vendor locations listed below:

  • Dolores: Dolores Outfitters 341 Railroad Ave
  • Durango: Kroeger’s Ace Hardware, #8 Town Plaza
  • Lewis:  Cox Corner Store, 18794 Hwy 491
  • Mancos: Cox Conoco, 201 E. Railroad Avenue

Cutting a Christmas tree also improves forest health. Local forest health experts identify areas that benefit from thinning trees that tend to be the perfect size for Christmas trees. Removing these trees in designated areas helps other trees grow larger and can open areas that provide forage for wildlife. Do not cut Ponderosa Pine or Douglas fir trees. There are specific areas off limits on the forest, such La Plata Canyon near Durango. Trees may not be cut within 100 feet of a county road, highway, or developed campground. Please review the San Juan National Forest Christmas Tree cutting guidelines and rules thoroughly.

All offices on the San Juan National Forest are conducting business and providing visitor services virtually. For information on the San Juan National Forest, call (970) 247-4874, visit the forest website, or follow us on social media (Twitter and Facebook).

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