Golden Gate Canyon State Park Offers Christmas Tree Cutting
GOLDEN, Colo. — Start a new family holiday tradition this year by cutting a native Christmas tree from a forest just 30 minutes from the Denver metropolitan area.
On Saturday, Dec. 7, Golden Gate Canyon State Park will hold a Christmas Tree Cut and Holiday Open House. The park is offering 250 permits for cutting a Christmas tree in selected areas of the park. The permit cost is $35 per tree, with a limit of two permits per household. Permit holders will be able to choose to arrive at either 9 a.m. or 11 a.m. for cutting their tree.
This year, Christmas tree permits will be issued on a lottery system. From Friday, Nov. 1 through Tuesday, Nov. 12, applications will be available online by visiting our website at the following link:
No applications will be accepted over the phone, or in person at the visitor center. All applications must be submitted through our website.
A random drawing will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 13, to award the 250 Christmas tree permits. Participants that are successful in the drawing will be notified by email, no later than Nov. 15. Participants must then call the visitor center at 303-582-3707 to pay for each tree permit by 4 p.m. on Friday, Nov 22.
Permits not paid for by the deadline will be forfeited and another name will be selected. Payments can be made by credit card, or in person with photo identification.
On Saturday, Dec. 7, all participants that purchased Christmas tree permits must check in at the visitor center to pick up their permit, prior to going out and cutting their tree. A valid park pass is required for each vehicle (either an annual state parks pass or an $8 daily pass), which can be purchased at the visitor center. The tree permits are valid rain or snow, and no refunds will be given for bad weather.
Areas for both 4-wheel and 2-wheel drive vehicles will be available, and some hiking will be required. Permit holders with high clearance 4-wheel drive vehicles can use the pre-selected backcountry area and, in the case of bad weather, must have chains available for use. Access to the backcountry area will be limited to 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. All other vehicles will be required to stay in the designated parking areas along the main park roadway. Access to these areas will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Trees must be cut with hand tools, such as a handsaw or an axe. Chainsaws and power saws are strictly prohibited. Tree selections include Douglas fir, Ponderosa pine, Lodge pole pine and Rocky Mountain juniper.
By cutting a Christmas tree, the permit holders will assist Golden Gate Canyon State Park in thinning overcrowded and dense vegetation. This selective thinning will improve the overall forest health and reduce the impacts of future wildfires.
Visitors can warm up at the visitor center with hot drinks, cookies, candy canes and a 20 percent discount on unique presents from our gift shop. In the spirit of giving, canned goods will be collected for the local food bank to help those in need.
CPW is an enterprise agency, relying primarily on license sales, state parks fees and registration fees to support its operations, including: 41 state parks and more than 350 wildlife areas covering approximately 900,000 acres, management of fishing and hunting, wildlife watching, camping, motorized and non-motorized trails, boating and outdoor education. CPW's work contributes approximately $6 billion in total economic impact annually throughout Colorado.