Cutting Down Your Own Beautiful Colorado Christmas Tree in Larimer County in 2022
Whether it's been a family tradition for decades or it's your first outing to get one, folks in Larimer County should be aware of the "how?" and "What not to dos."
It is silly, how we bring a tree into the home for Christmas. It's said that the tradition dates back to the 16th century in Germany. Germany is a long way from Larimer County, but we have wonderful trees that will make great additions to the home for the holidays.
Will you be putting popcorn strands on your tree this year? How many ornaments do you usually hang? Will the pets finally learn to leave the tree alone? Just a few of the questions that come up when it comes to decorating for the holidays, but it does all begin with getting the tree.
If you don't opt for artificial trees, you may be one of the many who are going to venture out, not to a tree lot, but into the forest, for a tree. Get set to bundle up the family and head into the Canyon Lakes Ranger District to get a 'beauty.'
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT CUTTING DOWN YOUR OWN TREE IN LARIMER COUNTY
- Allowed from November 25 2022, until January 7, 2023.
- You need a permit ($20 per tree) which will be available online beginning November 10, 2022 through Recreation.gov.
- Whereas there used to be one location in Red Feather Lakes, within the Canyon Lakes Ranger District, the Cameron Peak Fire made it so that much of the forest area is available.
- Do not cut in residential areas, picnic areas, campground areas or other recreational areas.
- Recommended locations: Joe Wright Reservoir near Cameron Pass, Manhattan Road south of Red Feather Lakes (where not marked as off limits.)
- Do not cut down a tree with a trunk larger than 6 inches across.
- Cut the tree six inches from the ground or lower.
- 4-wheel drive, all-wheel drive, tow straps advised.
- Handsaw cutting only. Chainsaws are not permitted for use.
- Trees with BLUE paint are not permitted to be cut down.
- The trees you cut must be beyond 75 feet from the road.
- Dress for cold weather; plan to be back on your way home by 3p.
- Weekday cutting is best, with less crowding.
- Be aware of your surroundings and the possibility of falling trees.
- Make sure you are OK to cut, and not in an 'out of boundary' location by downloading the Avenza app.
- Bring rope to tie trees down to your vehicle.
- Singing of Christmas carols is not required.
Get maps and more information from the Forest Service.