BLM Southwest District offering permits to cut your own Christmas tree


Bureau of Land Management

BLM Office:

Southwest District Office

Media Contact:

D Maggie Magee

MONTROSE, Colo. – The Bureau of Land Management Southwest District is offering Christmas tree cutting permits for sale online at and at BLM Southwest District offices Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The BLM accepts cash, credit card, or check. Permits are valid for piñon pines or junipers. Information regarding authorized cutting areas is provided upon purchase.

“The BLM is excited to once again offer the opportunity for families and friends to get outside on their public lands and select their own Christmas tree,” said Southwest District Manager Stephanie Connolly. “Please remember to follow BLM cutting guidelines and safety precautions when harvesting your tree.”

Permits can be purchased online or from any of these BLM Southwest District offices:

BLM Gunnison Field Office - $10.00 (Nov. 20 through Dec. 25)
2500 E. New York Ave., Gunnison, CO 81230
Phone: (970) 642-4940

Dolores Public Lands Office, BLM Tres Rios Field Office - $8.00 (Nov. 20 through Dec. 24)
29211 Highway 184, Dolores, CO 81323
Phone: (970) 882-7296

Montrose Public Lands Center, BLM Uncompahgre Field Office - $8.00 (Nov. 18 through Dec. 24)
2505 S. Townsend Ave., Montrose, CO 81401
Phone: (970) 240-5300

Permit holders are required to keep their permit on them while cutting and attach it to the tree prior to transporting. The BLM recommends bringing along a handsaw, eye protection, rope or twine, food, water, and blankets when you cut your tree. Tire chains, a shovel, and emergency supplies are also recommended. Remember to monitor weather conditions and let someone know where you will be and when to expect you back. For more information on cutting a Christmas tree on BLM-managed public lands, please visit

The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land located primarily in 12 western states, including Alaska, on behalf of the American people. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. Our mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.