Make cutting a Christmas tree in the Dixie National Forest a family tradition

Cutting a Christmas tree on the National Forest is a great holiday tradition for many families and also helps with hazardous fuels reduction by removing smaller trees from the Forest.  Following are some tips to make your experience more enjoyable.

  • Plan your trip – check the weather, bring plenty of warm clothes, water, emergency food, tire chains, shovel, a saw or axe to cut your tree, and a tarp and rope to bring it home.  Make sure you have a full tank of gas when you leave and are prepared for changing conditions in the mountains!  Also, let someone know where you are going and when you plan to be back.

  • Keep vehicles on designated roads and be aware of changing weather and road conditions.  Wet dirt roads can quickly turn to mud, making it possible to get stuck and causing damage to road, soil and water resources. 

  • Cut your tree early in the season before favorite cutting areas can’t be reached because of snow.

  • Cut the tree as close as possible to the ground and leave as little of a stump as possible.

  • Attach the permit on the tree where it will be easily visible with the tree packed or tied on your vehicle for transport home.

  • To help keep your tree fresh, cut at least one inch off the base when you get home and stand the tree in a container of water in a cool, shaded area, checking the water level daily.

    Christmas tree permits are available at the following locations.

    Pine Valley Ranger District (435) 688-3200 - Permits will be available November 4 and can be purchased at the Public Information Center located at 345 East Riverside Drive, St. George Utah 84790, Monday through Friday 7:45 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Public Information Center can only accept Cash or Check for Forest Service permits. Only Pinyon Pine and Juniper tree species may be cut.

    Cedar City Ranger District (435) 865-3700 - Permits will be available November 4 and can be purchased at the Cedar City Ranger District office located at 1789 N Wedgewood Ln., Cedar City, UT 84721, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Permits are $10.00 for a tree up to 10 feet and $20.00 for a tree 11 feet to 20 feet.  Only White Fir, Subalpine Fir, Pinyon Pine and Juniper tree may be cut.

    Powell Ranger District: (435) 676-9300 - Permits will be available November 4 and can be purchased at the Powell Ranger District office, 225 East Center Street, Panguitch, Utah from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Permits are $10.00 for a tree up to 10 feet and $20.00 for a tree 11 feet to 20 feet.  All species of trees can be cut, except bristlecone pine.

    Escalante Ranger District: (435) 826-5400 – Permits will be available November 4 and can be purchased at the Escalante Interagency Visitor Center at, 755 West Main, Escalante, Utah from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Permits are also available from vendors in the towns of Antimony, Tropic, Escalante and Boulder.  Contact the Escalante Ranger District for vendor locations.  Permits are $10.00 for a tree up to 10 feet and $20.00 for a tree 11 feet to 20 feet.  All species of trees can be cut, except bristlecone pine.

    Permits can also be purchased at:

  • Hurst Ace Hardware at 165 S Main St, Cedar City

  • Cottam’s 66 Station, 79 East Main, Escalante

  • Clarke’s Country Market, 141 North Main, Tropic

  • Antimony Merc, 10 North Hwy 22, Antimony (starting Nov. 13)

  • Hall’s Store, 425 North Hwy 12, Boulder

Each permit is valid to cut one tree and must be validated by completely filling in required information on the permit.  The permit must then be secured to the tree trunk between the limbs in a place visible during transport of the tree from the forest.

Don’t forget the rope to secure your tree before leaving the forest.





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