Forest Service cuts tree near Meeker, Colorado for US Capitol

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. - A 73-foot-tall Colorado spruce tree is heading to the U.S. Capitol for Christmas.

The U.S. Forest Service said the tree cut Friday at Ripple Creek Lodge east of Meeker has passed inspection and will make its way to Washington, D.C., over the next week.

Former U.S. Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell and the lodge owner will be driving a truck that will carry the tree in a special cradle.

Sen. Mark Udall went out on a scouting trip to look for 10 or 12 candidate trees this summer. The tree's journey is paid by donations.The Association of Convenience Stores donates the gas. Others give food and hotel rooms to tour staff.

The tree will feature Christmas ornaments made by Colorado children.