Dixie National Forest Christmas Tree permits available online

Release Date: Nov 2, 2020

CEDAR CITY, UTAH, November 2, 2020 – Christmas tree permits for National Forest System lands on the Dixie National are available for purchase online through Recreation.gov, designated forest and local vendor locations, starting Monday, Nov. 2.

The U.S. Forest Service Christmas Tree Program is designed for families, businesses, and institutions wishing to cut their own trees for decorating. Christmas tree permits are issued on a first-come, first-serve basis, with a limit of two trees per household. Permits are nonrefundable and nontransferable, and only valid through Dec. 31, 2020.

The Forest decided to move permit sales to Recreation.gov as an added convenience for visitors, as well as provide an alternative to in-person transactions at Dixie National Forest offices that remain closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To purchase a Christmas tree permit online valid for the Dixie National Forest, visit Recreation.gov National Forest Christmas Tree Permits at http://bit.ly/dixie-christmas-trees. It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Visitors will need to set up or login to a Recreation.gov account to complete the transaction. Please be aware that if purchasing through Recreation.gov there will be an additional fee of $2.50 per transaction.

Cutting a Christmas tree on the National Forest is a great holiday tradition for many families and help with hazardous fuels reduction by removing smaller trees from the Forest. 

Details about designated cutting areas and types of trees that may be cut can be found at http://bit.ly/dixie-christmas-trees.

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.

Permits are $10.00 for a tree up to 10 feet and $20.00 for a tree 11 feet to 20 feet with an additional $2.50 added to the online transaction at www.recreation.gov.

Christmas tree permits are available at the following locations and can be used on any district in the Dixie National Forest. Once you arrive at the Office listed below call the number on the Christmas Tree Poster in the window to get your permit.

Permits can be purchased from our local vendors:

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

Pine Valley Ranger District The Public Information Center is currently closed and unable to sell permits. For questions related to permits, please call the Public Information Center (435) 688-3200 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Only Pinyon Pine and Juniper tree species may be cut.

Cedar City Ranger District (435) 865-3700 - Permits will be available November 9 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. – 4:30 p.m.  Only White Fir, Subalpine Fir, Pinyon Pine and Juniper tree may be cut.

Powell Ranger District: (435) 676-9300 - Permits will be available November 2 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. All species of trees can be cut, except bristlecone pine.

Escalante Ranger District: Escalante Interagency Visitor Center is currently closed and unable to sell permits. Permits will be available beginning November 9 from vendors in the towns of Antimony, Tropic, Escalante and Boulder.  All species of trees can be cut, except bristlecone pine.  

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.

Additionally, in support of Every Kid Outdoors, the Dixie National Forest will offer one free holiday tree cutting permit to fourth graders who have a valid paper or durable Every Kid Outdoors pass.  The free holiday tree cutting permit will not be available at local vendors, but is available online at http://bit.ly/dixie-christmas-trees and curbside at Dixie National Forest offices listed above and the Public Information Center in St George. The tag may be used in any open area administered by the Dixie National Forest.

The U.S. Forest Service is among the federal agencies that support the Administration’s Every Kid Outdoors initiative, a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of conservationists.  The initiative provides a free pass to all fourth-grade students who first go to www.everykidoutdoors.gov and complete the application process.  Students can either use a paper pass or can redeem the paper pass for a durable pass at select Forest Service offices.  The Dixie National Forest hopes Every Kid Outdoors will help to inspire every young person in Southern Utah to visit the Dixie National Forest.