Christmas tree cutting, Red Mountain Cross lighting coming to Glenwood Springs

Kenneth Logsdon of Glenwood Springs captured this image of the near-full moon setting over the illuminated Red Mountain cross at 4 a.m. on the Winter Solstice, Dec. 21, 2018.
Kenneth Logsdon

For the upcoming holidays, everyone is invited to come cut a Christmas tree in the Thompson Divide. 

Join Defiende Nuestra Tierra Wilderness Workshop and the U.S. Forest Service to find and cut down your own Christmas tree. 

The event is slated for 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Babbish Gulch Trailhead, located past Sunlight Mountain Resort on 4 Mile Road.

The Posada celebration will have free Christmas tree permits, extra tools, hot drinks and traditional tamales to enjoy. 

Forest Service staff, including the renowned Smokey the Bear, will be on-site to teach the best way to pick out a Christmas tree and care for it through the holidays. Please register in advance to save your spot and your free permit.

Along with cutting your own Christmas tree, the Red Mountain Cross will be lit up this year during the following times:

  • Thanksgiving through Christmas season
  • Palm Sunday through Easter
  • Memorial Day weekend
  • Veteran’s Day weekend

The Red Mountain Cross Preservation Association, a non-profit organization, said in a prepared statement that it is grateful for all the prayers and support received from the local community and those afar. 

“Contributions are appreciated as they’re used to offset operating expenses associated with lighting the cross,” RMCPA said in a news release 

Contributions should be sent to the Red Mountain Cross Preservation Association at Glenwood Springs Alpine Bank, 2200 Grand Ave.

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