Capitol Christmas Tree From Local Forest

This year, the Christmas tree that will adorn the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol is coming from the Grand Mesa Uncompahgre National Forest that surrounds Telluride. The 55-foot-tall Engelmann Spruce is being trucked around to small towns on the Western Slope for a viewing before it heads to Washington DC. (You can actually track its progress at

Check out this video to learn more about how the tree was selected and felled: