Christmas Tree Permits

Purchase your Christmas Tree Permit at

Christmas tree permits will be available for advance purchase at beginning in October for cutting dates in November and December.

Print the Christmas tree Permits General Conditions, for your reference and to ensure compliance with the permit.  Find updated maps and tips for tree cutting at 

Please note: Cutting or removing whitebark pine trees, whether green or dead is prohibited.


Every Kid Outdoors

In coordination with the “Every Kid Outdoors” program, fourth-graders can receive a free Christmas tree permit. 

The initiative provides a free pass to all fourth-grade students who first go to the website, complete the application process for a voucher and print the voucher.


More Tips for Permits and Trees:

We recommend downloading a Winter Travel Plan Map and Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) to your mobile device through Avenza and have a Boise NF Visitor map with you.

For those who are heading to Idaho City RD to cut a Christmas Tree, the only road that is safe to travel is State Highway 21.  View map.

The holiday season is often time for families and friends to head to the woods to play in the snow and to cut the traditional family Christmas Tree. Lifelong memories are built during these special times and the Boise National Forest is happy to help with any information gathering you'll need to make this trip a safe and enjoyable one. 

Each permit allows one tree to be cut, with a limit of three permits per family. The cost of a permit for one tree is $10, and the maximum height of a permitted tree is 12 feet. (View General Conditions for permits.) 

Permits purchased for the Boise National Forest cannot be used on the Payette National Forest. If you desire to buy a permit valid for each Forest, visit one of the vendors from the Forests of your choice. 

A Christmas tree permit is for personal use only and the use of permits for commercial use is prohibited. Purchaser must be at least 18 years in age and permits are not refundable.


Buy Your Permit from a local Vendor:

The only Boise NF vendor selling Christmas Tree permits within the Treasure Valley is: 

  • East Cleveland Beverage (208) 459-6442
    • 2518 E Cleveland / Caldwell, ID 83605
    • Open: Everyday, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Other Boise National Forest Vendors selling Christmas Tree permits and Fuelwood permits

  • Idaho City Grocery (208) 392-4426
    • 3868 Highway 21
    • Idaho City, ID  83631   
    • Open: Everyday 7 a.m. -  9 p.m.
  • Seasons  (208) 392-9777
    • 200 Main Street
    • Idaho City, ID  83631
    • Open: Everyday, 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Donna’s Place (208) 392-9666
    • 110 E Granite Street
    • Placerville, ID 83666
    • Open: Everyday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.                      
  • Ray’s Corner Market (208) 793-2391
    • 445 State Highway 55
    • Horseshoe Bend, ID  83629
    • Open Everyday: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Emmett:  B & W Fuels (208) 365-2291
    • 1900 Washington Ave
    • Emmett, ID  83617
    • Open:  Sun-Thur  - 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.
    • Fri & Sat - 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

The Interagency Visitor Center in Boise WILL NOT be selling Christmas tree permits.