Christmas Trees on the South Platte Ranger District


Good Evening Folks!

Well, things may certainly be a little different this year in how we gather and celebrate the holidays, but at least we still have the opportunity to get together as a family, and cut down the Christmas tree. For many, this is an annual tradition. The following content is from the U.S Forest Service. See the full page at,


All Christmas tree permits for the 2020 season will be sold online this year starting October 15, 2020. Please visit purchase your permit. 


Although permit sales have moved online this year, the process to purchase your Christmas tree permit stays the same: you must choose a specific cutting day and cutting area when purchasing your Christmas tree cutting permit. Please visit for more information.


Permits are not available for purchase at the South Platte Ranger District office.
Please DO NOT mail permit requests to the district office.




    • Cost: $20.00 per permit/tree plus a processing fee
    • Maximum: 5 trees per household
    • Trees must be for personal use only and not for resale.
    • Permits are NON-REFUNDABLE and must be used on the date specified.

South Platte Ranger District Christmas Tree cutting locations

Buffalo Creek: Buffalo Creek experiences snow that results in icy, snowpacked roads.  Visitors will need a 4-wheel drive vehicle, shovels, sand, and tow straps in case of emergency. Take Hwy 285 to Pine Junction, turn left onto County Rd 126 and drive for about 12 miles. Visitors can meet Smokey Bear in this location on weekends. There is private land within the Buffalo Creek areas in the South Platte Ranger District boundary. Trees must be cut on National Forest Service land and it is the permittees’ responsibility to make sure they are on National Forest.

Camp Fickes: There are no camping, no trailers or picnics allowed within the cutting area. High clearance 4-wheel drive capable vehicles are required for access. This area is at the end of Forest Service Rd 550.

Sugar Creek This area is located along Douglas County Road 67, approximately 1.5 miles south of the Sprucewood/County Road 40 junction. The area is best accessed from Sedalia, CO off Hwy 85 (Sante Fe)

South Platte Ranger District Christmas tree cutting locations map


2020 Dates:

October – Permits are only available for purchase online at starting October 15, 2020.

November/December – Christmas tree cutting dates will be 11/27-12/13. Cutting on the weekends will be limited.


Available Dates:  

Available tree cutting dates will be listed on


Rules and Conditions

Please DO:

Have your permit purchased from visible and available.

Remove the entire tree including all lower branches and stem wood.

Choose trees that are 6 inches or less in diameter at gound level.

Please DO NOT:

Tresspass on private property.

Cut a tree without a permit.

“Top” the trees by cutting only half of the tree.

Leave any live limbs on the stumps by cutting trees 6 inches or less from the ground.

Safety Suggestions:

    • Shooting is not allowed in the Buffalo Creek area at any time during Christmas tree cutting. §36 CFR261.58(m).
    • Shooting is not allowed in the Sugar Creek area at any time. §36 CFR261.50(a).
    • Dress warm and be prepared for changes in weather.
    • Forest roads may be snow covered and icy. You should carry chains and/or use a four wheel drive vehicle. It may also be necessary to use a high clearance vehicle.
    • Have a full tank of gas.
    • Leave pets at home.
    • Pack out your trash.
    • Teach family members what to do in case they get lost.
    • Bring a hand saw. Chainsaws, axes, and power saws are not allowed.
    • Please be at the area entrance no later than 2:30 p.m. to allow for plenty of daylight to find and cut your tree. The sun sets early during the holiday season and darkness falls around 4:30 p.m.

Holiday Spirit:

Plan on making your tree cutting experience one to remember with friends and family! Bring lots of warm clothes, a picnic lunch, cameras, and Santa hats!

South Platte Ranger District Office:

30403 Kings Valley Drive, Suite 2-115

Conifer, CO 80433

Phone: (303) 275-5610

Office Hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 4:30pm.

Closed Federal holidays and weekends.

Access to the district office is through the upper parking lot of the King’s Valley Marketplace.


  • The South Platte Ranger District office is closed due to COVID-19.
  • We expect all weekend permits to sell out.
  • By removing these smaller trees you are contributing to forest health and reducing fire danger.
  • Persons cutting or removing trees from National Forest System lands without a valid permit are subject to a fine of up to $5000 and/or 6 months imprisonment.
  • Please observe all rules and conditions.

South Park Ranger District Holiday Tree Program

Pikes Peak Ranger District Holiday Tree Program





Free Covid Testing in Decker’s

November 27, 2020

Good Afternoon Everyone!

After months of dealing with Covid-19, the State of Colorado, through Curative, is currently offering FREE COVID TESTING, at its mobile site, in Decker’s, Colorado.

Curative’s Story

Curative was founded in January 2020 with the initial aim of developing a new test for sepsis. The company pivoted to COVID-19 testing in early March 2020 as supply chains became strained and the need for a new testing process arose.

Curative’s Mission

Curative’s mission is to end the COVID-19 pandemic by providing simple-to-use and painless testing at scale to produce reliable data for patients and health officials. We know that broad access to testing, robust contact tracing, and a vaccine are necessary to end the pandemic. Since then we have successfully developed a COVID-19 test that uses an orthogonal supply chain to keep critical test materials readily available. Our team of doctors, scientists, engineers, and health industry experts continue to focus on making COVID-19 testing more accessible and pain-free as we scale to process 1 million tests per week.

Hours of Operation

Curative’s mobile testing site will be operational in the Decker’s Resort parking lot, in front of the Deckers Corner Cafe.  8570 S. Hwy 67, Sedalia, Colorado  80135.  They will be operational each Friday, from 9am-1pm. For more information about this testing site and others, please visit

Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

What a year it has been folks! As we inch closer to the end of the year and hopefully an end to the Covid-19 Pandemic, I would like to take a few moments to share how thankful I am this holiday season. First of all, I would like to send condolences and prayers to everyone that has suffered a loss of a loved one to this horrific virus. As someone who lost his own mother just a year prior to this pandemic, I couldn’t imagine the pain that many are going through, as they deal with absence of the ones they love, especially during the Holidays. For me, it’s times  like these that we really must reflect on what’s most important, taking care of each other and putting our petty differences aside.  You see my friends, this Covid virus has robbed many people of everything they hold dear. While many have been able to transition from going to their workplace to working from home, others have lost everything. Abrupt closures, inconsistent reopenings, changes in public healthguidance for operations and other state-mandated orders have pushed the food service industry to the brink. We continue to struggle to come to terms with the mandated shut-downs, the denial of going to our place of worship, and the impending fear of “what might happen next.”  Here’s a few facts from a report provided by Yelp, in a July study, Yelp revealed the stark reality of permanent closures for an alarming number of restaurants, which already ran on thin margins.  The review site’s latest Local Economic Impact Report, released in late July, showed that 60% of the restaurants that temporarily closed due to the pandemic have since shuttered for good  There were 26,160 total restaurant closures on Yelp as of July 10 and 15,770 of those have made the decision permanent, according to Yelp. As I have personally felt the impact of the service industry basically shutting down, I find myself like many others, wondering what to do next?  Restaurants have lost more revenue and jobs than any other industry, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. A survey from the National Restaurant Association in June showed food service lost nearly $120 billion in sales during just the first three months of the pandemic. Many small business have had to adapt or completely change how they do business, and those that don’t have the capital to invest in new equipment or the capacity to make the necessary changes, the struggle is almost insurmountable. In addition to the grim reality for restaurants, bars and clubs have endured an especially high closure rate as a result of coronavirus.  The bar and nightlife industry, which is six times smaller than the restaurant industry, tallied 5,454 total business closures — 2,429 of which are permanent — according to Yelp.  Many food service workers have been forced to abandon the industry and search for a way to bring their skills to a new working environment. Many have turned to the retail side of food service, filling open positions in the grocery stores and other food retail environments. Some have turned to the health care industry, taking positions in hospitals and assisted living communities. However, this also comes with a price. With small work places, tiny break rooms, and working with an already higher-risk population, these workers have become the front line recipients of the pandemic. In an effort to provide relief to essential workers, ranging from doctors and nurses to delivery drivers and janitorial staff, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and California Rep. Ro Khanna proposed an Essential Workers Bill of Rights earlier this summer  that they hope will be included in the next federal coronavirus relief package. The policies within include providing health and safety protections, higher compensation and universal paid sick leave.  So, with all of this being said, we must continue to be diligent in our efforts to diminish the rising spread of the pandemic, be conscious of  our actions, and try to do our best to help those that need a new job or career. We must be willing to teach new skills to those that need them and  offer any assistance we can.  Above all, be kind to one another. It’s times like these that we must truly be thankful for what we have, EACH OTHER.