Christmas tree permits for BLM managed lands will go on sale Friday, November 23 at the Bureau of Land Management office, 2815 H Road (Horizon Drive to H Road, roundabout, veer left, first building on the left, across the street from the airport) and the Glade Park Store (intersection of DS and 16.5 Rd).
Permits will be available Monday - Friday, 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. at the BLM office. The deadline for purchasing a permit is Monday, December 24. All permits expire December 25.
Cost of the permit is $10.00 per tree.
Pinyon and juniper are the only types of trees that can be harvested. At the time of purchase you will receive a map and travel directions, as well as rules for cutting your tree. Trees are for personal use only and may not be resold. You should be prepared to hike some distance to find the perfect tree, especially in the Tom's Canyon area on Glade Park. More than one permit may be purchased by the same individual for friends and family.
Areas open to Christmas tree gathering are: Dominguez/Farmers Canyon (Uncompahgre Plateau), Gateway, Tom's Canyon and 5.7 Road and 8.4 road near the monument area (Glade Park) and John Brown Canyon near Gateway. Trees will be cut in designated areas only. All areas are within an hour’s drive of Grand Junction, depending on weather and road conditions. The areas with the largest selection of trees, respectively are; Gateway, Farmers Canyon. 5.7 and Toms Canyons having the least selection of trees. All areas will require parking along the road, walking in, and carrying the tree out. Cross-country motorized travel to retrieve a tree is not permitted. Be sure to bring along a hand saw, rope or twine, extra food, water and blankets. Make sure your vehicle is equipped with tire chains, a shovel and emergency supplies. Many of the areas will have limited vehicle access depending on snow depths. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for all cutting areas. Persons planning to cut Christmas trees are cautioned about changing weather and road conditions.
Dominguez/Farmers Canyon (Uncompahgre Plateau)
John Brown Canyon, Gateway
Tom's Canyon and 5.7 Road (Glade Park)
For further information call 244-3000 (BLM Information Desk).