Christmas Tree Permits

Blue Christmas Tree Photo



Boise NF managers highly recommend purchasing your permit on-line through This new process adds convenience for visitors as well as providing an alternative to in-person transactions with vendors and some offices. Please help us provide greater protection for you and our local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.



Purchase your Christmas Tree Permit at

View News Release - Click Here

Christmas tree permits will be available for purchase at beginning October 14, 2021.

The benefits to online sales are the added convenience for visitors while providing a safer alternative to in-person transactions.


Permit holders may begin cutting and harvesting trees from

November 20 through December 31, 2021.



Vicinity Maps

Remember maps do not replace a permit. They are just for your information. 

Download general Christmas tree vicinity map - Click Here   

Print maps with more detail: 

North half of Forest.   

South half of the Forest. 

We also recommend downloading a 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.



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


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.



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.



Photo of 4 people holding a cut tree



Most Boise National Forest Offices are closed due to COVID-19

Call ahead before heading out and in some cases, curb-side purchases MAY be available. 


The Idaho City Ranger District (208) 392-6681

Lowman Ranger District (208) 259-3361

Emmett Ranger District (208) 365-7000

Cascade Ranger District (208) 382-7400

Mountain Home Ranger District   (208) 587-7961



More Boise National Forest Vendors selling Christmas Tree permits and Fuelwood permits (until November, 30, 2021)



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.


Garden Valley Chevron (208) 462-3869

1086 Banks Lowman Road

Garden Valley, ID  83622

Open:  Everyday - 6:30 a.m. - 9:30 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.



Photo of getting a Christmas Tree - Payette