250 families of Coloradans will have the chance to chop down their own Christmas tree and decorate it for the holidays.

This November, Golden Gate Canyon State Park is offering 250 permits for cutting down Christmas trees. The permits will be coursed through an online application draw event.

The entry period for the permit draw opens Nov. 1 and closes Nov. 15. Permits will be drawn randomly and the live event will be done online.

Families who win the permit can claim their permits and choose which tree to cut down on December 4, 2021, from 9 am to 3 pm.

Areas for 2-wheel and 4-wheel drive vehicles will be available for the permit winners.

Some hiking will be required to reach the assigned trees.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife says trees must be cut with hand tools, like a handsaw or an axe. Chainsaws and power saws are prohibited.

Tree selections include:

  • Douglas Fir
  • Ponderosa Pine
  • Lodge Pole Pine
  • Rocky Mountain Juniper

According to CPW, the Christmas tree-cutting will help Golden Gate Canyon State Park in thinning overcrowded and dense vegetation. This selective thinning will improve the overall health of the forest and reduce the impacts of future wildfires.

APPLY for a permit here.

 

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