As the holidays approach, we start wondering exactly where in the crawlspace we shoved all those decorations after last season, and how to tackle turkey preparation to avoid the dreaded dry-out. These are valid concerns, but there’s another key pinnacle around which holiday happiness revolves: the tree! Of course the first step there is deciding whether to go artificial or real. For those of you opting for the real thing (good on you!), you’ll need to figure out where to obtain this magnificent conifer. We’ve got some help for that!
Today we’ll tell you where to find some good Christmas tree farms in Grand Junction CO for 2015, as well as some tips for those feeling both extra-adventurous (cut down your own in a National Forest!) or extra-efficient (pick up a freshly-cut, ready-to-go tree at an area retailer!).
Orchard Mesa Tree Farm | 2228 C Rd, Palisade
Historically, Orchard Mesa Tree Farm has been a local favorite for heading out to chop your own tree in the Grand Junction area. Conveniently located in Palisade, the farm boasts Scotch Pines, Douglass Firs, and White Pines. Details are a bit scarce online this year regarding dates, times, and other pertinent information, so if you’re considering a visit make sure to give them a call at 970-523-0401 to get all the details squared away.
Covered Bridge Ranch | 17249 6250 (Dave Wood) Rd, Montrose
There’s not much you can’t get for your holiday greenery here at the Covered Bridge Ranch – a fantastic variety of trees from Black Hills Spruce to Southwestern White Pine and Douglas Fir, as well as wreaths, garland, boughs, and pine cones! From November 27 – December 20, you get the full experience finding your tree, complete with hayrides, marshmallow roasting, a petting zoo, and gift shop. Call 970-240-0106 for details!
Get a Permit and Cut Down Your Own in Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forest | 2250 Highway 50, Delta
Permit sales start on November 16, are $8 each, and allow you to cut down your own subalpine fir, Engelmann spruce, lodgepole pine, Pinyon pine, or Juniper within certain areas of the National Forest. You can get full details on cutting and area regulations here and permits can be picked up at three locations in Grand Junction: Grand Valley Ranger District at 2777 Crossroads Blvd, Suite 1, the Grand Junction BLM Field Office, or Glade Park Store.
Pick Up a Pre-Cut Tree in Grand Junction at an Area Retailer
You can usually find pre-cut trees pretty easily in town if that’s what you’re after. Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe’s, and City Market have all sold fresh trees in the past, and there are usually also a few parking lot operations run by the Boy Scouts or Taylor Tree Lot.