Dallas Creek Valley and the Sneffels Range

The San Juans in southern Colorado are a high altitude range of mountains that straddle the Continental Divide. The snow capped Sneffels Range was photographed from the Dallas Creek Valley in the Uncompahgre National Forest near Ridgway, Colorado. Photo Credit: JeffGoulden (iStock).

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (AP) — The Christmas tree scheduled to be on display at the U.S. Capitol Building throughout the holiday season will come from the Uncompahgre Plateau, the U.S. Forest Service said.

The Forest Service said in a statement Thursday that the tree stands 55 feet (17 meters) tall and 25 feet (8 meters) wide. The agency announced in November that the tree would be chosen from somewhere in the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests.

The tree was selected over 10 other candidates, The Daily Sentinel reported.

“The challenge in selecting a tree for the West Lawn is making sure it is symmetrical, full and in the perfect scale to gracefully adorn the U.S. Capitol,” said Jim Kaufmann, director of Capitol Grounds and Arboretum for the Architect of the Capitol, in a statement. “In a normal year, we scour the forest for this special tree. Due to the pandemic, we used videos, pictures and measurements supplied by the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests to identify a suitable Engelmann spruce that all Coloradoans can be proud of.”

The tree is scheduled to be harvested in November and arrive at the Capitol Building later that month. It will be decorated by thousands of ornaments made by Colorado residents.

Newsletters

Get OutThere

Signup today for free and be the first to get notified on new updates.

(0) comments

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.