Christmas Tree Permits

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You can either cut or dig your Christmas Tree.
No commerical Christmas Tree Sales. 

Permits for cutting Christmas trees on the Carson National Forest will be available starting Monday, November 19. Each permit is $5 (for any species) up to 10 feet, $10 for over 10 feet - up to 15 feet, and $15 for over 15 feet - up to 20 feet. As many as three permits can be purchased per person. You may either cut or dig up your tree.

Permits can be purchased at the Supervisor’s Office in Taos and all ranger district offices in Peñasco, Questa, Tres Piedras, El Rito, Canjilon and Bloomfield.  Please be aware that office hours and availability of personnel with the authority to sell permits may vary at each office.  Call ahead to the office you plan on visting to confirm if permit sales are available.  All offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

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Every Kid in a Park

As part of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, every fourth grader is eligible for a free Christmas tree permit.  In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid fourth-grade pass, downloadable at  Once the pass is printed out, the fourth grader must bring a parent or guardian over the age of 18 with them to the nearest Carson National Forest office to pick up the tree permit. 

RegulationsDo not cut tree tops

A Christmas tree tag, map, and guidelines for harvesting your tree are included with the permit. To protect forest resources, tree cutting activities are not allowed within wilderness areas, or within 100 feet of forest roads, state highways, stream and rivers, and any campground or trail.

Personal Use Christmas Tree Tag Information and Regulations

General Precautions

  • Weather conditions can change quickly, we recommend a 4-wheel drive vehicle or chains.
  • We also recommend taking the following equipment: extra clothing, food and water, tire chains, extra gas, shovel, axe and tow rope.

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