How to apply for a Christmas tree chopping permit in Golden state park

Coloradans looking to cut down their own Christmas tree don’t need to travel far from Denver to do so. Each year, Golden Gate Canyon State Park offers 250 locals the opportunity to chop down their own evergreen via a permit lottery.

To enter the lottery, simply fill out an application between Nov. 1-15 on the Golden Gate Canyon State Park page or at cpwshop.com. (The application link goes live on Nov. 1.)

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will contact lottery winners the week of Nov. 15 and the households that win will have the opportunity to purchase a $35 permit. On Dec. 3, the state park will open for locals looking to do their best Paul Bunyan impression and take home a holiday tree.

The fine print: Tree choppers need to bring handheld tools only, such as hand saws or axes. Power tools are prohibited.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife promises there will be areas accessible to both two-wheel and four-wheel drive vehicles, however, individuals may also be required to hike to find their tree. Four-wheel drive vehicles with high clearance will be permitted in a select area of the backcountry, but the agency said they must bring chains in case of bad weather.

And if you don’t land a Golden Gate Canyon permit, consider these other areas where holiday tree chopping is permissible.

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