Christmas Tree Program

Arizona | New Mexico | Yuletide Tips

Christmas treeChristmas tree permits are available for personal use. Each household is allowed one tree and it may not exceed 10 feet in height. Christmas tree permits are usually available about mid-November. Cutting areas are generally open from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve.

General area maps are provided with each permit purchased to assist you in locating the specific national forest area open for Christmas tree cutting. If you plan to combine your Christmas tree hunt with other activities such as hiking or camping, you may want to purchase a forest visitor map. Those maps provide more detailed information on roads, trails and other geographic features. They can be purchased at the Forest Service office where you obtain your Christmas tree permit.


Christmas tree permits are available at participating Big 5 Sporting Goods Stores throughout Arizona. They are also be available over the counter at many Forest Service offices. Supplies are limited.

Please contact ontact the forest where you intend to cut for availability and details.

  • Apache-Sitgreaves — Tree cutting until December 24
  • Coconino—SOLD OUT!
  • Kaibab—Tree cutting until December 24.  Williams District: SOLD OUT!
  • Prescott—SOLD OUT!
  • Tonto—Purchase your permit M-F at Supervisors Office, Mesa or Payson Ranger District Offices; Th-F at Pleasant Valley;  Call for details and directions.

New Mexico

All Christmas tree permits will be available over the counter at Forest Service offices. Most are available mid to late November. Cutting areas are usually open from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. Since not all offices offer Christmas tree permits, call ahead for more details and to be sure the local office responsible for the area in which you are interested does offer permits.

  • Carson—Permits on sale until December 23
  • Cibola—Please call for information
  • Gila—Tree cutting until December 24
  • Lincoln—Permits on sale until December 24
  • Santa Fe—Please call for information

Yuletide Tips

  • Plan ahead!  There are a limited number of permits and some areas sell fast.
  • Dress warmly. Mountain areas can be 15 to 20 degrees cooler than lower elevations. Mountain weather can change quickly; be prepared.
  • Call the ranger station serving your cutting area for up-to-date road and weather conditions before your trip.
  • Drive safely and enjoy your quest for that perfect Christmas tree!

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