Christmas tree permits available now
CHRISTMAS tree permits are available, and there are several ways to get one this holiday season. Here’s a rundown on how to secure a permit, plus Rio Grande National Forest (RGNF) holiday office hours.
Permits can be purchased at www.recreation.gov by searching “Rio Grande Christmas Tree.”
Rio Grande National Forest district offices also have permits for sale.
Another in-person option is to visit a RGNF tree permit vendor:
- Kristi Mountain Sports – 3223 Main St, Alamosa
- South Fork Visitor Center – 28 Silver Thread Ln, South Fork
- Monte Vista COOP – 1901 US-160, Monte Vista
- San Juan Sports – 102 S Main St, Creede
- Creede / Mineral County Chamber of Commerce – 904 S Main St, Creede
RGNF is working to add vendors in Antonito, La Jara, and Monte Vista and hopes to have those options soon. Visit the RGNF Christmas Tree page to get the most current vendor locations.
RGNF office hours
Normal RGNF office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Forest Headquarters in Monte Vista is no longer selling any forest products or providing visitor information services, in preparation for our pending office move to Del Norte after the first of the year. Visitors are encouraged to contact offices in advance:
- Conejos Peak Ranger District (719) 480-9892
- Divide Ranger District – Del Norte (719) 657-3321
- Divide Ranger District – Creede (719) 658-2547
- Saguache Ranger District (719) 655-2547
The Conejos Peak Ranger District will offer Christmas tree sales daily through the RGNF’s partner, San Juan Mountains Association. On Wednesdays through Dec. 21, the district will offer firewood and other forest product permits for sale at the office. Firewood permits also can be purchased over the phone, Monday-Friday, by calling the Divide Ranger District at (719) 657-3321. The tags will be mailed to the purchaser.
The Del Norte office of the Divide Ranger District will have extended hours on Tuesday, Dec. 6, when the office will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The Creede office of the Divide Ranger District will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Books, maps, and other products will also be available for purchase through the San Juan Mountains Association.
The Saguache Ranger District will remain open with normal business hours and product sales opportunities through Dec. 23.
All RGNF offices will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 2.