Christmas Tree Permits Available Starting Monday
The Leadville Ranger District of the U.S. Forest Service will sell Christmas tree cutting permits in the San Isabel National Forest from Nov. 19 through Dec. 24.
Permits cost $10 each and are limited to five permits per family.
Trees may be cut district-wide with a few exceptions. Foresters recommend the cutting areas around Turquoise Lake Road (CR 9) and Sugar Loafin.’
The road is not plowed in the winter but may be accessed by snowshoeing, skiing or snowmobiling. A map showing approved cutting areas will be issued with each permit.
Additional cutting details and suggestions for a safe outing can be found under Spotlights: Christmas Tree Information
Areas closed to cutting include all campgrounds; Holy Cross, Collegiate Peaks, Mount Massive and Buffalo Peaks wilderness areas; Tennessee Pass; and the Twin Lakes and Turquoise Lake recreation areas.
Permits can be purchased with cash, personal check or money order made payable to the U.S. Forest Service at the Leadville Ranger District from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A check or money order also may be mailed to U.S. Forest Service, 810 Front St., Leadville, CO 80461.
Permits can also be purchased at Saturday’s Discount Store south of Leadville, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily from Nov. 19 through Dec. 24.
For more information, contact the Leadville Ranger District at 719-486-0749.