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Christmas tree permits are available for personal use and generally one tree per household. Permits are generally available mid to late November.
Prices, sale dates and availability vary by forest, and some areas will sell out earlier than others. Cutting areas are generally open from Thanksgiving until Christmas Eve. Tree cutting is limited to specific areas and may be limited to specific tree species. Trees may not exceed 10 feet in height. Contact your local office for specific information.
4th Graders - Every Kid in a Park
Fourth graders participating in Every Kid in a Park may receive one free Christmas Tree permit - while supplies last - at a participating Forest Service Office (even if your local forest has third party resellers!) when they present their valid Fourth Grade Pass. Students and a parent or adult guardian must present the pass to obtain their Christmas Tree permit.
Visit www.everykidinapark.gov for information and instructions on obtaining a Fourth Grade Pass.
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. These maps can be purchased at the Forest Service office where you obtain your Christmas tree permit.
Please be good stewards and make sure that your Christmas tree is harvested only from US Forest Service lands, as shown on the map that accompanies the permit. Remember, the last day to cut a tree is December 24th.
Christmas tree permits are available over the counter at many Forest Service offices. Supplies are limited. Since not all offices offer Christmas tree permits, and some offices may be sold out, call ahead for more details and to be sure the local office responsible for the area in which you are interested offers permits, and still has them available.
Please contact the forest where you intend to cut for availability and details.
- Apache-Sitgreaves — Permits may be purchased at all five ranger districts November 16th - December 24th, and at the Mogollon Rim Visitors Center on Fridays and Saturdays only November 27th - December 19th from 9am - 3:30 pm weather permitting.
Call the Christmas Tree Hotline at 928-333-6229 or 928-333-6280.
- Coconino—SOLD OUT
- Coronado— The Douglas Ranger District will be selling permits beginning November 27. Permits are $10. Fourth-graders with a valid Every Kid in a Park pass are elegible for one free permit.
- Kaibab—The Kaibab National Forest is selling over-the-counter and through-the-mail Christmas tree tags on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Nov. 16 and continuing until they are sold out. Permits are $15. Williams Ranger District is SOLD OUT.
- Prescott— SOLD OUT
- Tonto— SOLD OUT
Christmas tree permits will be available over the counter at many Forest Service offices. Supplies are limited. Since not all offices offer Christmas tree permits, and some offices may be sold out, call ahead for more details and to be sure the local office responsible for the area in which you are interested offers permits, and still has them available.
- Carson—Permit sale information is pending
- Cibola— Permits on sale from November 16 until December 24, at the Mt. Taylor Ranger District, Magdalena Ranger District, and the Supervisor’s Office. Trees may be cut, or live trees dug up, from November 26 until December 24. $10 per permit for trees up to 10 feet. Call for details.
Magdalena Ranger District: 575.854.2281
Mt. Taylor District: 505.287.8833
Supervisors Office: 505-346-3900
- Gila—Permits on sale from November 23 until December 24 at Gila National Forest offices. $5 per permit, one permit per household.
- Lincoln— Permits on sale until December 24, tree cutting begins after Thanksgiving. $5 per permit, one permit per household. Permits are available at the Supervisor’s Office (Alamogordo), Smokey Bear Ranger District Office (Ruidoso), Sacramento Ranger District Office (Cloudcroft) and Guadalupe Ranger District Office (Carlsbad). As an added convenience, all four Lincoln National Forest offices will also be open on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm; (Nov 21, 28, Dec 5, 12, 19).
- Santa Fe—Permits are available for purchase beginning November 23 at Forest Headquarters, Ranger District Offices and select third-party vendors.
- 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.
- Bring emergency supplies, including water and food and a first-aid kit.
- Drive safely and enjoy your quest for that perfect Christmas tree!