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Holiday Photos & Tree Cutting Locations

Embrace the holiday spirit and create lasting memories with our curated list of the best photo spots in Denver and the Colorado foothills. Join us on a journey through these enchanting destinations, where festive decorations and natural beauty come together to create the perfect backdrop for your holiday snapshots.
Union Station
Denver, CO
This historic train station in downtown Denver is beautifully decorated during the holidays, making it a charming spot for photos.
Denver Botanic Gardens
Denver, CO
Explore the beautiful gardens, especially during the holiday season when they are adorned with festive lights and decorations.
16th Street Mall
Denver, CO
Stroll along this pedestrian-friendly street adorned with holiday decorations and street performers. The twinkling lights make for a charming backdrop.
Lookout Mountain
Golden, CO
Head west to Lookout Mountain for breathtaking views of Denver and the surrounding foothills.
Mount Falcon Park
Morrison, CO
Explore the trails and capture the beauty of the foothills and distant mountain ranges.
Evergreen Red Barn
Evergreen, CO
The iconic red barn along Highway 74 is a favorite spot for photographers, especially when it's surrounded by snow.

As the holiday season approaches, many of us are eager to find the perfect tree, and Colorado offers a wealth of options for tree cutting! Before you grab your saw, keep in mind that most of these places require a permit to chop down a tree and only allow doing so during specific dates. Your holiday traditions should always align with responsible practices, so make sure to double-check before cutting down a public tree.
Denver / Front Range
This region is the most extensive area where you can chop down your own tree. This tree permit encompasses several national forests, including Arapaho, Roosevelt, Pike, San Isabel, and White River National Forests. You can purchase permits for Arapaho and Roosevelt National Forests HERE. Permits range from $5 to $20 depending on location.
Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests
For a unique tree-cutting experience, consider the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre & Gunnison National Forests. Permits go on sale starting November 13th. To ensure a responsible harvest, be sure to review the full list of restrictions for this area. CLICK HERE to buy a permit.
CreekSide Tree Nursery
The nursery offers a range of options, from pre-cut trees to living ones. You can also cut your own tree, which can be quite the adventure! Depending on your preference and budget, trees at Creekside range from $80 to $650, ensuring there's something for everyone. CLICK HERE for more info.

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