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Irish Network Colorado Christmas Tree Expedition

  • 06 Dec 2015
  • 11:30 AM
  • Buffalo Creek National Forest and Bucksnort Saloon, Sphinx Park


  • Sign up here to request a permit. They are $10 each (this is to reimburse INCO for purchasing them on your behalf; we are NOT reselling permits).

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Our Fifth Annual Amazing and Fantastic Irish-American Christmas Tree Expedition

will be on SUNDAY, December 6th in the heart-stoppingly beautiful Buffalo Creek National Forest area.

We hope you and your family can join us for a joyous and very full afternoon of potluck tailgating, photo ops with Smokey the Bear, sledding, and tromping through the forest for a Charlie Brown-style Christmas tree.  To cap it all off, we will visit the legendary Bucksnort Saloon in Sphinx Park--the most magical of Colorado mountain pubs. 

Here are details:

We can meet at the tailgating area in Buffalo Creek SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6TH at 11:30 a.m.  BIG FUN!

We are happy to obtain a permit for you, while they are still available. They do sell out, and we will be reserving only a limited number, so please rsvp as soon as you can.  Sign up here to register and request a permit. They are $10 each (this is to reimburse INCO for purchasing them on your behalf; we are NOT reselling permits).

Please do come even if you don't want to cut down a tree (no charge!).  It's going to be a terrific day, guaranteed!


Here are directions to the Buffalo Creek cutting area from Denver.  You can also mapquest Denver to Buffalo Creek, if you like.

From C-470 take Highway 285 South toward Fairplay (21 miles).  At Pine Junction (there will be a traffic light) take a left onto CR-126 (S. Pine Valley Road).  Continue to follow CR-126 for about 10 miles to Buffalo Creek.

You will probably be stopped by Forest Service rangers as you enter the cutting area.  They may ask you for your treecutting permit.  Just let them know that your friend is holding it for you at the picnic area--or you can explain you're just attending a tailgate and won't be getting a tree.  You can ask to be directed to the picnic area where Smokey the Bear is holding court and/or look for the sign for Smokey up on the right after the interrogation spot and pull in to that picnic area.  Follow that little loop around the picnic area, and you'll see us.


Maura Clare 303.884.7091
Seamus Blaney 303.883.4995
U.S. Forest Service Morrison Office 303.275.5162



Cutting info will also be printed out with the permits we'll have for you.  No chain saws!  These are barely more than twigs we're cutting down. 


Things you might bring if you are able to (not to worry if a hassle):

--handsaw (even if not cutting a tree...we'd like to borrow yours if you have one!)
--tarp-twine-scissors (if you are cutting a tree)
--little sleds--if there's supposed to be any snow up there by Saturday
--sunscreen (probably more appropriate than sleds)
--**thermos(es) of hot apple cider**  This would be especially appreciated--could all use your help in making sure we have enough hot cider!
--if you feel like it, something to share would be nice (raw veggies, cookies, chips...); easy store-bought is FINE! 

There will be sandwiches and brandy for the cider.  Oh, and anyone can just have cider, of course.  :)


We'll pose for photos with Smokey, scout for trees, tie them to our roofs and--yes, the best part--hit the Legendary Bucksnort Saloon in the World Famous Sphinx Park!!

This will be a long day, but with all the running around we do at this time of year, it is WONDERFUL to leave the madness behind and take this one day just to enjoy the season!

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