While many of us have opted for artificial Christmas trees, the tradition of cutting your own tree in a national forest lives on here in Colorado.

The US National Forest Service has set its primary Christmas tree cutting dates for the Rocky Mountain region for December 3-11, 2016. Some areas are also allowing cutting as early as Thanksgiving and as late as December 31.

Christmas tree cutting locations along the Front Range are Red Feather Lakes (Northern Colorado), Fraser/Winter Park, Buffalo Creek, South Park/Fairplay, and Rampart Range Road (Colorado Springs area). Each location has its own rules, regulations, and hours they'd like you to follow; click on each location for their individual Christmas tree cutting pages.

Keep in mind you'll also need to have a tree cutting permit, which costs $10. For permit information, go here.

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