Christmas Tree Permits

Child marveling at a coniferous tree.

Photo by Michael Carpinelli

The selection and cutting of a Christmas tree has been a treasured New Mexican tradition for many generations. Lifelong memories are built during these special times and we are happy to be able to offer tree permit sales and help with any information gathering you’ll need to make your trip a safe and enjoyable one.

Christmas Tree Cutting Permits can be purchased beginning November 8th for the Mt. Taylor, Magdalena or Mountainair Ranger Districts. Cutting is allowed from Thanksgiving Day through December 31st. Each permit is good for one tree and two trees per household may be purchased.

Where do I get a permit?

In 2021, the Cibola National Forest will be offering Christmas Tree Permits through This new online service offers a convenient purchasing option during these unprecedented times.

Permits may also be purchased by phone at the Magdalena, Mountainair, and Mt. Taylor Ranger Districts Offices or the Cibola Supervisor's Office. The Cibola National Forest has implemented safety procedures for permit sales at office locations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Masks are required to be worn within all Forest Service offices.

Where can I cut my tree?

On the Magdalena Ranger District

On the Mt Taylor Ranger District

On the Mountainair Ranger District

Every Kid Outdoors

Fourth-Grade Students are eligible for a free Christmas tree through the Every Kid Outdoors Program! You will be asked for your pass or voucher number when ordering on Every Kid Outdoors is a nationwide call to action to connect kids to nature. All fourth graders are eligible to receive an Every Kid Outdoors pass that allows free access to federal lands and waters across the country for a full year.