GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Officials at Genesee Park have announced the release of a limited number of permits for the annual Christmas tree sale.
Those with permits can cut their own tree at the park from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2.
Genesee Park is located west of the Denver metro area off Interstate 70.
Permits cost $25. They are valid for live Douglas-fir, ponderosa pine, lodgepole pine and Rocky Mountain juniper trees up to 15 feet tall or 6 inches in trunk diameter.
Officials say cutting down trees “helps the Colorado State Forest Service and Denver Mountain Parks improve forest health in the park and reduce the impacts of future wildfires by thinning overcrowded, dense vegetation.”
Trees must be cut with hand tools, such as a handsaw or an axe. Chainsaws are prohibited.
Four-wheel drive vehicles are not necessary to reach the sale areas, except during periods of adverse weather.
Permits can be obtained through the mail by calling the CSFS Golden District office at (303) 279-9757. They will be available until Nov. 20, or until sold out. A detailed map of sale areas and additional information will be provided with each permit.