Christmas tree, harvest one

5 Dec
By:  Diane Binder

Over the river, through the woodsphoto 1

Admit it, as soon as you read the heading, you immediately heard the tune in your head, which triggered a memory or a picture.  It did the same for me.  I never knew until today that the song was about Thanksgiving Day, and I had never actually heard all of the lyrics.  The song Over the River and Through the Woods has a phrase that completely describes this years Christmas tree harvesting experience.

 Over the river and through the woods,
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes and bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

We started a tradition a few years ago of going up to the Snowy Range to cut down our own tree with friends.  This year we scheduled the date and time way ahead, and it landed on the coldest day we have had thus far.  That didn’t stop us from carrying out our tradition, and although it stung our toes and bit our noses we had a great time.

Permits required

Before heading out to harvest a Christmas tree there are several important details that you should know.  First and foremost, you need a permit.  Christmas Tree TagStop by your local Forest Service office and pick up a tag for $10.  If you are picking up tags for a group, you are allowed up to five tags per individual purchase.  There are specific areas for cutting, and regulations for doing so.  Items to remember to bring along:


  • Saw
  • Snowshoes
  • Sled
  • Warm clothes
  • Gloves
  • Water
  • Ropes/straps (if you don’t have a truck)
  • Tires Chains (if you don’t have 4 wheel drive)

Heading home

Hot cocoaOn our way home we sip on hot chocolate and stop by The Bear Tree Tavern and Cafe in Centennial (map) to warm up, and fill up, before heading back to Laramie.

Check out the video below of our third annual trip to the Snowies to harvest our Christmas tree with friends.


One Response to “Christmas tree, harvest one”

  1. Stacy December 6, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    Great job Diane!! The video was edited beautifully!

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