Christmas Tree Permits

Photo of two people carrying a Christmas Tree.


photo of two Christmas trees with sold out text.Christmas tree permits will be available to purchase online through beginning November 9. Details about designated cutting areas, dates and types of trees that may be cut can be found here:

“Adventuring out to a National Forest to cut a Christmas tree for the holidays has been a treasured tradition for many generations," said Forest Supervisor Jeff Marsolais. "Even with a large part of the landscape affected by the Caldor Fire, there will still be many places to find a special tree."

To purchase a Christmas Tree permit, visit and look for Eldorado National Forest Christmas Tree Permits. It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Visitors will also need to set up or login to a account to complete the transaction. Setting up an account prior to November 9th is recommended for a quicker check out process.

Permits went on sale Tuesday November 9th at 9:00 am PST, online only, at and sold out within a few hours.

Permits are $10/ tree (limit of two trees per household) with an additional $2.50 processing fee. The 2021 tree quota is expected to sell out quickly and no additional permits will be issued after they sell out.

Please be aware that the Caldor Fire area, including Mormon Emigrant Trail and Silver Fork Road, will not be open this season for tree cutting.

Please plan accordingly. The permit is printed at home following purchase and carried with you on your trip to find your tree. You will also need to print or download a Christmas Tree Permit map to locate legal cutting areas. 

Cutting a Christmas tree also improves forest health. The permit system helps to thin densely populated stands of small-diameter trees. Local forest health experts identify areas that benefit from thinning trees that tend to be the perfect size for Christmas trees. Removing these trees in designated areas helps other trees grow larger and can open areas that provide forage for wildlife.

For more information about the Eldorado National Forest, visit the forest website at Visitor information specialists are available by phone from 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday:

  • Forest Supervisors’ Office – 530-303-2412
  • Georgetown Ranger District – 530-334-6477
  • Pacific / Placerville Ranger District – 530-644-2324
  • Amador Ranger District – 209-259-3774