O Tannenbaum! Christmas Trees Available in Leadville
When do you get your Christmas tree? Do you wait until Christmas Eve? Or do you get it Thanksgiving week and put it up right away?
The U.S. Forest Service, San Isabel National Forest – Leadville Ranger District will sell Christmas tree cutting permits starting tomorrow, November 24 through December 24. The permits are $10 each, with a limit of five per family.
Foresters recommend the cutting areas in Lake County around Turquoise Lake Road (Lake County Road 9) and along Lake County Road 48 just to the southwest of Sugar Loafin’ Campground. County Road 9 is not plowed but may be accessed by snowshoeing, skiing, or snowmobiling. County Road 48 is plowed for easier vehicle access. A map showing approved cutting areas is issued with each permit.
Trees may be cut district-wide with a few exceptions. Areas closed to cutting include: all district campgrounds; Holy Cross, Collegiate Peaks, Mt. Massive, and Buffalo Peaks Wilderness Areas; and Tennessee Pass.
Permits can be purchased with credit card, cash, personal check, or money order made payable to the “U.S. Forest Service” at the Leadville Ranger District Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Permits are available via mail by sending a check or money order to: U.S. Forest Service, 810 Front Street, Leadville, CO 80461. Additionally, permits are available at Saturday’s Discount Store at 12655 Hwy 24 South in Leadville, CO (3 miles west of the Leadville Ranger District office).
Tree cutting details and suggestions for a safe outing can be found on the web under Spotlights: Christmas Tree Information.