Christmas Tree Permits on Kaibab National Forest

The Kaibab National Forest will be available to purchase permits "online only" via Recreation.gov for each of its three ranger districts beginning Thursday, October 13, 2022 in order to allow members of the public to enjoy the popular holiday tradition of cutting one’s own tree in the forest.

Family carrying cut tree thru the snowy woodsActual cutting of the trees does not start until Tuesday, November 1, 2022 giving the public almost 4 weeks to get their permits before venturing out in to the forest to find that special holiday tree. Details about designated cutting areas, dates and types of trees that may be cut can be found on this page or at www.recreation.gov/tree-permits/kaibab.

The Forest Service has moved permit sales to Recreation.gov as an added convenience for visitors, and that no in-person (over-the-counter) permits will be issued.

To order an online permit via www.recreation.gov/tree-permits/kaibab an online account needs to be created and a small transaction fee will be applied.

The permit will allow the holder to cut up to 5 trees ($15 per tree) of any species that is not more than 10 feet in height within a designated area on the Kaibab National Forest from November 1 through December 31, 2022.

The permit is only good for a tree on the ranger district from which it was purchased and can’t be used to cut a tree on a different district unless specifically noted. No refunds will be made, even if weather conditions prevent access to cutting areas.

Individuals who purchase permits will need to download a map either from this page or via recreation.gov showing designated cutting area along with additional tree cutting instructions.

District specific permit information:

North Kaibab Ranger District

Tusayan Ranger District

Williams Ranger District


Every Kid Outdoors logoThe Kaibab National Forest is also pleased to announce that all fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid Outdoors initia‚Äčtive. 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.

In support of this initiative, the Kaibab National Forest is making available a free Christmas tree permit to every interested fourth grader with an Every Kid Outdoors pass or paper voucher. A clip art image of a Christmas tree.To acquire your free Christmas tree cutting permit get your voucher at  www.everykidoutdoors.gov then go to www.recreation.gov/tree-permits/kaibab for the details and permit.

SPECIAL NOTE! The fourth grade passes are valid September 1st through the following year on August 31st thus they will not be issued until September 1st of the year that they are requested.