We have a family tradition of going to the Red Feather Lakes area to cut down a Christmas tree each year. It’s a great way for family and
friends to enjoy good company and share in the festivities of celebrating Christmas! We usually bring some homemade hot cocoa and listen to Christmas music along the way but we’ve seen families set up tables and cook chili up there as well!
There are a few places to go along the front range (map) but the location in Red Feather Lakes is the closest for most Northern Coloradoans. It is sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service as a means of managing the forest growth. So it’s a fun way to get your Christmas tree as well as support the efforts of the U.S. Forest Service.
You’ll need a permit, which can be bought on site if you go on the weekend, and four wheel drive or chains as this is an off-road excursion. Make sure you take a vehicle with some clearance so that you don’t bottom out (I’ve seen it happen, not good for your car). See this U.S. Forest Service website for directions and other details.