Christmas Tree Cutting

pine trees covered in snow in the Boise National Forest

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.  

Purchase your Christmas Tree permit at  (printer required), local vendors or Ranger District offices. 

Improve your experience and safety with these Pro-Tips: 

Plan Ahead and Prepare

  • Review the brochure provided with your permit!

  • Bring the right tools (saw, shovel, and tarp recommended)

  • Wear winter clothing, carry plenty of food and water, use a 4-wheel drive vehicle.

  • Let someone know where you plan to go and when you will be back.

Know Before You Go! Have your maps downloaded in the Avenza app (Christmas Tree Cutting map and Winter Travel Map recommended) 

  • Review the brochure provided with your permit! 

  • Bring the right tools (saw, shovel, and tarp recommended) 

  • Wear winter clothing, carry plenty of food and water, use a 4-wheel drive vehicle. 

  • Let someone know where you plan to go and when you will be back 

  • Know where you can cut your tree—300 ft from roadways, no cutting along streams, within campgrounds, timber sales, or on private property! 

  • Whitebark pine is a threatened species and cutting/removal is prohibited. 
  • Forest roads are not plowed. Call ahead and check websites ahead for road conditions before heading out. Please do not block private or county roads at any time. Download the Christmas Tree Map to your Avenza app ahead of time, the GPS function will ensure you are cutting on approved Forest Service land. 


Ranger District Offices & Interagency Visitor Center 
Open: Mon-Fri 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Idaho City only 
Open: Sat & Sun 9:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. 
(Nov. 25-26, Dec. 2-3, Dec. 9-10, Dec. 16-17) 
East Cleveland Beverage and Tackle   
2518 E Cleveland   
Caldwell, ID  
Open: Daily 5:30 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Ray’s Corner Market   
445 State Highway 55   
Horseshoe Bend, ID  
Open: Daily 6 a.m. - 9 p.m. 

Horseshoe Hardware   
110 Foss St  
Horseshoe Bend, ID  
Open: Mon- Sat 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.,  
Sun 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  

Garden Valley Market   
284 Village Circle  
Garden Valley, ID  
Open:  Sun- Thurs 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.,  
Fri & Sat 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.  

B & W Fuels  
1900 N Washington Ave.   
Emmett, ID  
Open:  Sun- Thurs 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.,  
Fri & Sat 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. 

Anderson Hardware & Supply  
3845 Hwy. 21  
Idaho City, ID  
Open: Daily 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.  
Closed Tuesdays   

Idaho City Grocery  
3868 Hwy. 21  
Idaho City, ID  
 Mon 7:40 a.m.- 8 p.m. 
 Tues- Thurs 7:40 a.m.- 9 p.m. 
 Fri & Sat 7 a.m.- 9 p.m.  
 Sun 7 a.m.- 8 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, print the voucher, and bring into a Ranger District Office for a free permit.  

Every Kid Outdoors vouchers are NOT for use at local vendors and must be used on either or at a Boise National Forest Ranger District Office.