The Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests eastern center of Arizona.
Where is this Forest?


Passes & Permits

The Forest Service offers many activities such as hiking, biking, skiing, camping, birding, using cabins, driving for pleasure, harvesting edible materials, and gathering firewood. Many of the facilities and services associated with these opportunities are free. However, some do require fees or permits to help maintain, manage and improve the amenities enjoyed by all. Visit the Recreation Passes and Permits and the Forest Products Permits for more information.

Click here for information about Research Permits


Mistletoe plant

2016 Christmas Tree Permit Information

  • Cutting:  Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests: October 3 -December 24.

  • Sales:  Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Supervisors Office and all five ranger districts: October 1 – December 24.

  • Mogollon Rim Visitors Center: November 25 – December 19, weather and staffing permitting.

  • If you wish to purchase through the mail, click here for instructions.

The cost per permit is $15 for a tree up to 10 feet tall. For trees over 10 feet, you must contact the ranger district and make arrangements through them.

As part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative, every fourth-grader with a valid 4th grade pass is eligible for a free Christmas tree permit. This can only be done in person at the ranger districts and the 4th-grader and his/her pass must be present. For more information on Every Kid in a Park, click here.

General Rules for Christmas tree permits

  • One Christmas tree permit allowed per household - for personal use only.

  • Trees must be cut within designated cutting areas.

  • There are no refunds on Christmas tree permits.

Christmas tree hotline (928) 333-6229

Maps of 2016 Cutting Areas        All Areas

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Ranger Districts


2016 Christmas Tree Helpful Links

Cutting Instructions

Types of Christmas Trees

Permit by Mail Instructions

Key Contacts

Alpine Ranger District 
P.O. Box 469 (mailing)
42634 Hwy. 180 (physical) 
Alpine, AZ 85933 

Voice: (928)339-5000 
Black Mesa Ranger District 
P.O. Box 968 (mailing)
2748 East AZ 260 (physical) 
Overgaard, AZ 85933 
Voice: (928) 535-7300 
Clifton Ranger District 
397240 AZ 75 
Duncan, AZ 85534 
Voice: (928) 687-8600
Lakeside Ranger District 
2022 W White Mtn. Blvd. 
Lakeside, AZ 85929 
Voice: (928) 368-2100 
Springerville Ranger District
P.O. Box 760 (mailing) 
165 S. Mountain Ave.(physical) 
Springerville, AZ 85938 
Voice: (928) 333-6200