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Christmas tree cutting available in Golden Gate Canyon State Park

GOLDEN, Colo. — Golden Gate Canyon State Park will hold a Christmas tree cut and holiday open house the weekend of Dec. 3-4.

The visitor center will have hot drinks, cookies, candy canes and a 10 percent discount on presents from the gift shop.

Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife employees will also be collecting canned goods for a food bank.

Permits required to cut Christmas trees

A limited number of permits for the Christmas tree cut go on sale Nov. 15. Permits can be purchased for either Dec. 3 or Dec. 4. Tickets can be purchased at the Golden Gate Canyon State Park visitor center or by calling 303-582-3707.

A permit costs $25 per tree and each person is allowed up to four permits.

Trees can be cut in areas accessible to four-wheel and two-wheel drive vehicles. Some hiking will be required.

No power tools allowed

Trees must be cut with hand tools such as a handsaw or ax.  Use of chainsaws and power saws are prohibited in the park.

Christmas tree cutters will help with the thinning of overcrowded and dense vegetation in Golden Gate Canyon State Park.

It will improve the health of the forest and reduce impacts of future wildfires.