Gov. Lujan Grisham and the Carson National Forest on Monday announced Asher Dean, a fourth grader from Arroyos del Norte Elementary in Arroyo Seco, as the winner of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest.
Gov. Lujan Grisham and the Carson National Forest on Monday announced Asher Dean, a fourth grader from Arroyos del Norte Elementary in Arroyo Seco, as the winner of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree Essay Contest.
A special Kenworth W990, sporting a dynamic graphics wrap, will transport the 55th U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from the Nov. 6 tree-cutting ceremony in Carson National Forest in New Mexico to the tree-lighting ceremony in early December on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
“When we were contacted to see if we would be interested in transporting the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, we were honored to even be considered,”
said Shane Phipps, safety director for Wilbanks Trucking Services. “It didn’t take us long to say ‘yes.’ Everyone here is very excited about taking
part in moving this special tree. While we’re a company that specializes in heavy haul, we’re also very experienced in moving oversized loads – and
the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is just that. Moving the tree will be unique for us, but we’re more than capable. We’ll even be using our own multiple
cranes to lift the tree onto the back of the trailer.”
Wilbanks employees Josh Garcia, Brum Stephens, and Josh Rice were nominated by their peers and selected by company leadership to drive the special Kenworth W990. “They’re excited not only for the tour, but for being able to drive the newest Kenworth,” he said. “We run close to 100 trucks in our operation, including several Kenworths, but the W990 is new, so our guys can’t wait to get behind the wheel.”
For the sixth consecutive year, a Kenworth truck will deliver “The People’s Tree.”
“Over the years, we’ve heard how special this trip is for the trucking company making the delivery, and how meaningful the tour is for adults and kids alike when the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree makes its way through all the towns to Washington, D.C.,” said Laura Bloch, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing. “The annual lighting of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is an important American tradition. The tour brings American pride to all those involved, and to all those who see the special tree traveling across America. We’re especially excited that the Kenworth W990 will again transport the tree.”
The W990, which is equipped with a 76-inch mid-roof sleeper, also features the PACCAR Powertrain with the PACCAR MX-13 engine rated at 455-hp and 1,650 lb-ft of torque, PACCAR 12-speed automated transmission, and PACCAR 40K tandem rear axles. The truck is also specified with the W990 Limited Edition interior, premium Kenworth GT703 seats and audio system, Kenworth Nav+HD, predictive cruise control, 1800W inverter, 180-degree swivel passenger seat, and Kenworth TruckTech+® Remote Diagnostics.
After nearly a year of planning, the time has come to harvest the 2019 United States Capitol Christmas Tree — a 60-foot blue spruce — from
the Carson National Forest. USDA Forest Service is hosting two public events Wednesday, Nov. 6, in partnership with the Town of Red River and project
sponsors, so New Mexicans can both witness and celebrate this important moment in the yearlong campaign.
Cutting Ceremony (Carson National Forest, meet at Red River Conference Center)
The cutting ceremony will take place at 9:00 a.m. within the Carson National Forest and include brief remarks by representatives from the Forest Service, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Choose Outdoors, New Mexico Tourism, local elected officials, and project partners.
On Nov. 6, shuttles will bring attendees to and from the cutting, as parking is not available at the site. Those wishing to attend the cutting will meet at the Red River Conference Center and shuttles will run continuously starting at 7:30 a.m, with the cutting ceremony beginning at 9:00 a.m. Refreshments and bathroom facilities will be available. Once the tree is cut, it will be lifted by cranes provided by Wilbanks Trucking Services, LLC, and secured to a trailer provided by Hale Trailer before being transported out of the forest by a Kenworth W990. Attendees may remain and watch as the tree is loaded onto the trailer up until 11:30 a.m., when the last shuttle will depart to return to the Red River Conference Center. Attendees are advised that the event is outside and to dress appropriately for inclement weather, including rain or snow.
Community Celebration (Red River Conference Center, 101 River St, Red River, NM)
The community celebration at the Red River Conference Center will take place from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m. The tree will be on display for the first hour, along with celebrations for Smokey Bear’s 75th anniversary and a Christmas cookie party. Children should bring their Christmas wish lists, as Santa Claus will be in attendance.
Both events are free and open to the public, and registration is not required. We hope you can join us in person or online!
(En Espagnol) The Carson National Forest, in partnership with the New Mexico
Tourism Department and nonprofit organization Choose Outdoors, will bring the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree from New Mexico to Washington, D.C. by way
of a cross-country tour involving more than 25 communities along the way. Well-wishers will have a chance to sign banners on the sides of the truck,
learn more about the Carson National Forest and the great state of New Mexico, purchase U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree merchandise and more.
Beginning Nov.11, the tree’s journey can be tracked in real time online at capitoltreetracker.com hosted in partnership with sponsor Spireon, Inc. Check out the schedule and visit the tree in a community near you!
Monday, Nov. 11
9:00 – 10:00 a.m. Carson National Forest Eagle Rock Lake (State Route 38, Questa, NM)
11: 30 a.m. – 12: 30 p.m. Eagle Nest Town Hall (151 North Willow Creek Drive, Eagle Nest, NM)
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Veteran’s Memorial (34 Country Club Road, Angel Fire, NM)
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Taos City Hall (120 Civic Plaza Dr., Taos, NM)
Tuesday, Nov. 12
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Taos Pueblo (120 Veterans Highway, Taos, NM)
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Española Valley Chamber of Commerce (101 Calle de las Españolas #F, Española, NM)
1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Chama Town Hall (2994 4th Street, Chama, NM)
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Jicarilla Apache Supermarket Parking Lot (13603 US-64, Dulce, NM)
Wednesday, Nov 13
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Shiprock High School (US-64, Shiprock, NM)
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Bloomfield Elementary School (200 W Sycamore Ave, Bloomfield, NM)
1:30 – 2:15 p.m. St. Francis Assisi Park (State Highway 126, Cuba, NM)
4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Santa Fe Plaza (105 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM)
Thursday, Nov. 14
8:30 – 9:30 a.m. Forest Service Albuquerque Service Center (4000 Masthead St NE, Albuquerque, NM)
10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Civic Plaza (401 2nd St NW, Albuquerque, NM)
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Gila National Forest, Black Range Ranger District (1804 North Date, Truth or Consequences, NM)
Friday, Nov. 15
8:00 - 8:30 a.m. Smokey Bear Historical Park (118 West Smokey Bear Blvd, Capitan, NM 88316)
10:00. – 11:00 a.m. Mescalero Community Center & Tribal Offices (101 Central Mescalero Ave, Mescalero, NM)
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Otero County Fair Grounds (401 Fairgrounds Rd Alamogordo, NM)
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. El Paso Convention Center (1 Civic Center Plaza, El Paso, TX)
Saturday, Nov. 16: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. The Alamo (300 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, TX)
Sunday, Nov 17
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Blue Skies Air Force Village (5100 John D Ryan Blvd, San Antonio, TX)
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Downtown Plaza (710 S Main St Plaza, Georgetown, TX)
Monday, Nov. 18
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Downtown Main Street (113 S 1st St, Lufkin, TX)
5:00 – 7:00 pm. Monroe Civic Center (401 Lea Joyner Memorial Expwy, Monroe, LA)
Wednesday, Nov. 20
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Brent Elementary School (160 4th St, Brent, AL)
6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Bass Pro Shops (5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Lawrenceville, GA)
Thursday, Nov. 21
11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Federal Building Public Park (900 Georgia Avenue Chattanooga, TN)
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Titans Football Stadium (1 Titans Way, Nashville, TN), in partnership with Truckload Carriers Association
Friday, Nov. 22: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. Chilhowee Park (3301 E Magnolia Ave, Knoxville, TN)
Saturday, Nov. 23: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. White's Travel Center (2440 Raphine Road, I-81/I-64 at Exit 205, Raphine, VA), in partnership with TravelCenters of America
Sunday, Nov. 24: Delivery to Joint Base Andrews (1345 Arkansas Rd, Joint Base Andrews, MD)
*Subject to change. Monitor website for the latest updates.
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is made possible with cash and in-kind contributions from companies large and small as well as volunteers locally and across America, who provide vital support of time and resources. Sponsors include Kenworth Truck Company, Wilbanks Trucking Services, LLC, Spireon, Inc., Elvis Duran & Alex Carr, Hale Trailer, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Alaska Airlines, Meritor, Public Service Company of New Mexico, TravelCenters of America, Truckload Carriers Association, Great West Casualty Company, Taos County, New Mexico Oil and Gas Association, Presbyterian Healthcare Services, National Forest Foundation, Christmas Tree Promotion Board, National Press Club and LexisNexis VitalChek Network, Inc.
Providing 10,000 handcrafted Christmas ornaments to adorn the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and 70 companion trees is no small feat, but with the help of the community, the United States Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is well on its way to achieving that goal! Every year, the Forest Service selects a different national forest to provide the iconic tree and all the trimmings. This year, it will hail from the Questa Ranger District of northern New Mexico’s Carson National Forest, and communities from all over the state are coming together to help deliver a piece of the enchantment of New Mexico, to the rest of the country. The Village of Questa, New Mexico, and their local farmers market are great examples of the overwhelming community involvement that makes the tradition of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree possible.
Nestled among the majestic conifers of the Enchanted Circle sits the small mining community of Questa, New Mexico. Officially founded in 1842, the Village of Questa is in many ways the quintessential northern New Mexican town, while also representing a broader, small-town American, post-industrial march into modernity. The Questa Farmers Market is an expression of that social and economic transition — and a tasty one at that!
the creation of the market, this tight-knit community along the Red River decided to go back to their farming and ranching roots. From Costilla to
Taos, community members come together every Sunday during the summer, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., to sell their fresh confections, produce, meat, flowers,
and arts and crafts. Local musician Chris Arellano, a native of Costilla, frequently plays at the market, providing a uniquely New Mexican ambiance
with a splash of Nashville thrown in for good measure.
Amid the smell of freshly baked horno-bread, the jubilation of local residents dancing the marcha — a line dance traditionally danced at weddings and celebrations — and the unique rhythms of New Mexican Spanish music, market-goers stop by the Forest Service table to put their personal flair on Christmas ornaments headed to Washington, D.C. Ornament makers punch designs into tin plates and color tree cookies, creating folk-art ornaments that are distinctly New Mexican.
The roots of agriculture in the area run deep, going back before the incorporation of the town. Originally known as San Antonio del Rio Colorado (St. Anthony of Red River), the settlement was later dubbed Questa — an anglicization of the Spanish word cuesta, meaning slope or hill — referring to the hill on which the town is situated. By the time the village was officially founded in 1842, Mexican settlers had been farming the Red River valley for many years; and Native American tribes like the Jicarilla Apache, Kiowa, Ute and Navajo had hunted on the land for generations. It seems fitting that this year’s U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree should come from such a place, where agriculture has been an integral part of the local culture for so long.
Commercial mining shaped contemporary life in Questa as well. Molybdenum, a mineral used in the steel production, was mined in the area beginning in 1922. This supported the local economy and provided well-paying jobs for many in Questa and the surrounding communities. When the Chevron Corp. closed the mine in 2014, the resulting economic vacuum put the community’s resolve and resourcefulness to the test.
As the nation’s energy priorities shift and the demands on our natural resources change, small towns across the country are looking for ways to sustain themselves economically. For Questa, this means shifting their focus from mining to tourism and renewable energy. In this vein, Chevron already converted a substantial portion of the tailings facility from the now-defunct molybdenum mine into solar panels, and public meetings are being held for a possible solar farm in Cerro, New Mexico.
On the tourism front, Questa District Ranger Jack Lewis says he is committed to working with the community to help bolster tourism to the forest and surrounding areas. This includes plans to develop multiple trails for hiking, horseback riding and off-highway vehicle use, connecting the Village of Questa with the Town of Red River and its associated tourism.
The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree and the Questa Farmers Market are just a couple of examples of the exciting new things that are happening around the Enchanted Circle. Learn more about the Questa Farmers Market, trails and things to do in Questa, New Mexico, and U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree updates and events.
Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Carson National Forest on Friday announced an essay-writing contest for New Mexico fourth graders as part of the celebration of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, which will come from the Land of Enchantment. The contest winner will have the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C., to join the Speaker of the House of Representatives in lighting the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
Fourth graders from around the state are invited to participate in the contest, writing about why they love New Mexico’s forests and public lands in line with the theme of the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, “Delivering Enchantment!”
Every year, U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service selects one lucky national forest to provide the best possible Christmas tree to place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building. The tradition of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, or the “People’s Tree,” began in 1964, and in 2019 New Mexico will be providing the tree for the third time. This year, the tree will be coming from the Red River area in the Questa Ranger District of the Carson National Forest.
Ten thousand ornaments have been made by New Mexicans around the state to decorate the tree in Washington, D.C.
The “Every Kid in a Park” initiative invites all U.S. fourth graders and their families to experience our country’s natural treasures, rich history and vibrant culture. In that vein, the USDA Forest Service and Gov. Lujan Grisham invite fourth-grade students across New Mexico to tell us what you think makes our forests and public lands special. Gov. Lujan Grisham will select one winning student essay, whose author will be flown to Washington, D.C., along with a guardian, to attend festivities and light the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree during the first week of December.
The essay prompt was distributed to all New Mexico elementary schools and may also be found here. Submissions are due by October 4, 2019.
Calling all ornament makers! When your ornaments are complete, consider dropping off at one of two locations:
Drop off Event:
September 23-26 from 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
September 27 between 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Southwestern Regional Office
333 Broadway SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102
Anytime prior to October between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Carson National Forest Supervisor’s Office
208 Cruz Alta Rd., Taos, NM 87571
Visit the ornament page for more information on our project needs and suggested themes.
How do you produce 10,000 handmade Christmas ornaments and transport a 60-foot tree across the United States just in time for the holidays? That’s the
question being posed to the folks at the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico this year, and they’ve responded with a resounding, “With a
little help from our partners!”
Each year since 1970, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service has selected a different national forest to provide the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, or “People’s Tree,” to adorn the West Lawn of the Capitol Building. The chosen national forest is also charged with providing 70 smaller, companion trees and 10,000 hand-crafted ornaments. This year’s tree, a 68-year-old blue spruce, will come from the area around Red River, New Mexico, in the Carson National Forest.
Instrumental to the success of this colossal undertaking is the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps (RMYC), a service-based, not-for-profit organization that engages local youth in the outdoors and helps them gain critical life skills. As part of an ongoing agreement between the Forest Service and RMYC, a seven-member crew — composed primarily of local teens from Questa and Taos, New Mexico — spent the summer working on a variety of outdoor projects in the Carson National Forest’s Questa Ranger District. Between fencing, trail work and erosion control projects, the crew was busy decorating some of the 200 tree cookies — cross-section tree slices — that had been pre-cut by another RMYC crew earlier in the season.
The last day of their term was spent slapping a fresh coat of red paint on the panels that will form the housing for the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree as it makes its long journey from the Enchanted Circle in northern New Mexico, to Washington, D.C. “When you’re offered the opportunity to engage in something that’s going to be seen on a daily basis across the country…it means a little bit more,” said Brandon Washburn, crew leader and four-term RMYC participant.
The wooden panels, weathered and worn from the many cross-country treks that they’ve endured, were in desperate need of some TLC. The crew spent all day helping to dismantle, wash and paint the approximately 30 red panels, under threat of rain from an approaching storm system. As soon as the last panel was painted and all of the supplies were safely put away, as if on cue, the first raindrops started to fall.
At the RMYC graduation ceremony at the Civic Center in Taos, New Mexico, corps members from all over the state shared experiences and offered up valuable insights, the result of working on diverse conservation projects throughout the season. In addition to the great stories and life experiences, they gain valuable professional development skills, such as resume workshops, first aid/CPR certification and personal finance training, according to Benjamin Thomas, executive director of the Rocky Mountain Youth Corps in New Mexico. “RMYC is excited to partner with the Forest [Service] on high-priority projects while working with local youth to provide them with stackable credentials, college credit and an education award that will lead to a healthy career path,” he said.
One thing is for sure, when they see that bright-red trailer headed down the highway on its way to the Capitol, that seven-member RMYC crew will feel a sense of pride that they were able to bring a little bit of warmth and holiday joy to the cold D.C. winter. To learn more about Rocky Mountain Youth Corps, visit: www.rockymountainyouthcorps.org.
The holiday season will be a little brighter this year with the help of Wilbanks Trucking Services, LLC, as it takes on the role of transporting the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree to Washington, D.C. An annual gift to the nation, the 2019 tree will make its way to the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building from the Carson National Forest in New Mexico. This is the second time a tree has been selected from the Carson and third time from New Mexico.
Wilbanks Trucking also will provide crane support as the tree is cut in early November and prepared for the 2,000-mile expedition, which will include a series of 30+ community celebrations and culminate with the official tree lighting in early December.
Wilbanks Trucking was chosen as the hauler for this year’s tree at the recommendation of Great West Casualty Company and based on industry reputation in New Mexico, according to Bruce Ward, president of Choose Outdoors, the non-profit partner that assists USDA Forest Service with coordinating the annual public engagement initiative.
Ronnie Wilbanks started the organization in 1987 with only a few trucks in the backyard in Artesia, NM and has since grown to employing 250 with additional locations in Hobbs, NM and Odessa, TX — weathering the storms of the boom and bust oil and gas industry. Many of Wilbanks’ trucks are custom built to assist in the construction of oil and gas rigs, and employees are experts in hauling oversized, overweight loads, making them the perfect fit to transport the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.
“Wilbanks is proud to provide everyday logistics services to transport the 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree, and to represent New Mexico and its diverse resources spanning from the Oil and Gas Industry in the Permian Basin, to its beautiful national forests in Northern New Mexico,” said Shane Phipps, Safety Director, Wilbanks Trucking Services, LLC.
Three Wilbanks employees will ensure the precious cargo is safely delivered, having been nominated by peers and selected by company leadership.
Josh Garcia is a second-generation employee whose passion for trucking started from the age of 6, riding along side with his father. Garcia’s father and uncle were the first two employees of Wilbanks Trucking in 1987. Garcia joined the team professionally straight out of high school in 2004. Starting as a swamper, Garcia obtained his CDL in 2006 and has obtained the skills to operate a gin pole truck, tandem, forklift loaders, and cranes. Promoted into management, his knowledge and skills in the rig moving industry have proved vital in overseeing daily field operations. Garcia says, “I feel honored to be selected as part of the transportation of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. I have hauled thousands of oversized loads in the oil and gas industry, so hauling the Capitol’s Christmas tree will be an amazing opportunity and exciting challenge.”
Josh Rice has been a part of the Wilbanks organization for more than 15 years and driving commercial vehicles for 20 years. As a third-generation rig mover, he is passionate about his profession, primarily servicing the oil and gas industry of eastern New Mexico and west Texas. Rice has hauled over 10,000 oversized loads including sub structures and derricks which range in weight from 50,000 to 200,000 pounds. He is NCCCO lattice boom certified to operate crawler cranes as well as forklift certified, and can also operate gin trucks and tandems. Rice says, “I feel a great sense of responsibility to be able to participate in this annual tradition. Christmas is my favorite holiday! This grand tree represents family and tradition to millions of Americans across the United States, as I know it does for me. This adventure will definitely be one of the most unique and memorable hightlights of my career.”
Brum Stephens has hauled everything from cattle and cotton to farm machinery and steel beams. He started in the oilfield in 1996, originally selling drill bits before launching his own business in 2000 providing rental trailers, manlifts and field welders with trucking services and support on rig moves. Stephens ultimately sold to and joined the Wilbanks Trucking team in 2013. About the honor Stephens says, “Less people have hauled a Christmas tree to the Capitol than have won the lottery. This is my lottery win! It will definitely be something I will never forget, and something that my children and grandchildren can look upon and have a sense of pride.”
Kenworth Truck Company returns for a sixth year as a sponsor of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree program. A specially decaled Kenworth W990 will transport the 55th U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. The Kenworth W990 is equipped with a 76-inch mid-roof sleeper and features the PACCAR Powertrain with PACCAR’s MX-13 engine rated at 455-hp and 1,650 lb-ft of torque, 12-speed automated transmission, and 40K tandem rear axle. The truck is also specified with the W990 Limited Edition interior, premium GT703 seats and audio system, Kenworth Nav+HD, predictive cruise control, 1800W inverter, 180-degree swivel passenger seat, and Kenworth TruckTech+® remote diagnostics. The W990 will provide a very comfortable work environment for this year’s tour drivers.
“Kenworth is proud to once again play a part in delivering the ‘People’s Tree’ to our nation’s capital,” said Kurt Swihart, Kenworth marketing director. “The cross-country tour offers the opportunity for people to see this national symbol of celebration, and the Kenworth W990 is the right truck for this important job.”
“The annual journey is only possible with the help of strong partnerships throughout New Mexico and beyond state lines,” said Ricardo Martinez, Deputy District Ranger, Carson National Forest. “We’re grateful for the resources Wilbanks Trucking and Kenworth Truck Company are providing to help make this the best tour to date.”
Additional transportation partners include Spireon, Inc., Truckload Carriers Association, Hale Trailer, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, Meritor and LexisNexis VitalChek Network, Inc., in addition to local and national partners including Elvis Duran & Alex Carr, PNM Resources, Husqvarna, Alaska Airlines, Taos County, and Christmas Tree Promotion Board.
For related news, events and tour information, and to track the tree cross-country, visit www.uscapitolchristmastree.com, along with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
From NewMexico.org: The New Mexico Tourism Department announces the Albuquerque Isotopes home game on Friday, July 26, 6:35 pm, will be themed “Christmas in July” to celebrate New Mexico’s contribution of the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree for 2019.
“We’re very fortunate that New Mexico was selected to supply the Capitol Christmas Tree for 2019 because this provides the opportunity to showcase New Mexico’s forests, outdoor experiences, and state pride on a national level,” said Tourism Secretary Jen Paul Schroer. “We encourage all New Mexico residents to share their state pride by participating in ornament-building workshops and attending one of the many road stop events scheduled throughout New Mexico later in November when the tree begins its journey to Washington D.C.”
Families are encouraged to visit an ornament-building booth in the concourse where they will have the chance to create an ornament that will be displayed on the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree when it makes its way to Washington D.C. later this year.
The first 2,400 fans through the gates will also receive a free New Mexico True t-shirt.
The 2019 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree was selected from the Carson National Forest near Questa, NM. This will be the third time New Mexico will be supplying the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. New Mexico first supplied the tree in 1991 from the Carson National Forest, and again in 2005 from the Santa Fe National Forest. New Mexico residents who are interested in partaking in events and celebrations regarding the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree or tracking the tree’s eventual journey to Washington D.C. are encouraged to visit www.uscapitolchristmastree.com for more information on how to participate.