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.

Arizona

Christmas tree permits will be available beginning November 9 at participating Big 5 Sporting Goods Stores throughout Arizona. Thet will also be available over the counter at many Forest Service offices beginning November 18. Supplies are limited.

Contact the forest where you intend to cut for more details.

  • Apache-Sitgreaves —Permits sales start on November 18; tree cutting dates: November 16-December 24
    928-333-6280
  • Coconino—Permits sales start on November 22; tree cutting dates: November 22-December 24
    928-527-3600
  • Kaibab—Permits sales start on November 18; tree cutting dates: November 23-December 24
    928-635-8200  
  • Prescott—Permits sales start on November 4; tree cutting dates: November 23-December 24
    928-443-8000  
  • Tonto—Permits only available at Big 5 stores; tree cutting dates: November 15-December24
    602-225-5200  

General information about the Arizona Christmas tree cutting program will also be available on the Christmas tree permit hotline at 928-333-6267.

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—Permit sales start on November 25 for $5, $10, or $15 depending on size
    575-758-6200  
  • Cibola—Permit sales start on November 18, $10 for trees up to 10 feet in height
    505-346-3900  
  • Gila—Permit sales start on November 25 for $5
    575-388-8201  
  • Lincoln—Permit sales start on November 1 for $5
    575-434-7200  
  • Santa Fe—Permit sales start on November 25, $10 for trees up to 10 feet in height
    505-438-5300  

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!