For The Journal
San Juan National Forest Christmas tree permits, which allow you to cut your own holiday tree, are now on sale for $8 at National Forest offices and selected retail outlets. A permit allows the bearer to cut one tree up to 20 feet tall for personal use until Dec. 31, 2015. National Forest permits come with a brochure with safety tips, information on which species of tree may be harvested, and the best places to find trees.
New this year, the San Juan National Forest is offering one free Christmas tree permit to fourth-grade students with a valid Every Kid in a Park pass or paper voucher downloaded from: www.EveryKidinaPark.gov. The free permit is good only at San Juan National Forest offices, and the participating fourth-grader must be present. Also new this year is the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Christmas Tree Train. Go to: http://www.durangotrain.com/events/christmas-tree-train to find out how you can ride the train to find your Christmas tree on the San Juan National Forest.
National Forest permits are now on sale at:
Cortez: City Market, 508 East Main St.
Dolores: San Juan National Forest Dolores Ranger District, 29211 Colorado Highway 184.
Dolores Food Market, 400 Railroad Ave.
Mancos: Cox Conoco, 201 E. Railroad Ave.