Christmas tree cutting permits on sale starting early-mid November at participating Big Five Sporting Goods stores

Contact(s): Christmas tree permit hotline, 928-333-6267

Thousands of people every year cut their Christmas tree from the national forests. This year, Christmas tree cutting permits will be available for five of the six national forests in Arizona: Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab, Prescott, and Tonto.

We are anticipating that permits will be available for purchase at participating Big Five Sporting Goods Stores by early-mid November. In addition, permits will also be available for purchase at several Forest Service offices. For information on which offices are offering over-the-counter Christmas tree permits, when they will be sold, and when cutting will begin please contact the respective national forest:

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests 928-333-4301
Coconino National Forest 928-527-3600
Kaibab National Forest 928-635-8200
Prescott National Forest 928-443-8000

Each Christmas tree permit is for a specified cutting area and costs $15. The cutting season will end Christmas Eve (December 24) at midnight. This year, there are 10,650 Christmas tree permits available in all; however, some cutting areas offer a very limited number of permits and may sell out quickly. Permits for each national forest will be available as follows:


Participating National Forest

Permits Available at Big Five Stores

Permits Available at Forest Service Offices


3,700 permits - any tree species

3,000 permits - any tree species


250 permits - fir only

350 permits – fir only


900 permits - piñon and juniper

1,100 permits- species vary by district


225 permits - any tree species

225 permits - any tree species


900 permits - any tree species; primarily piñon and juniper are available



General information about the Christmas tree cutting program will also available on the Christmas tree permit hotline (928) 333-6267 and the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests Web site under “Passes and Permits”:

General Rules for Christmas Tree Permits

Each Christmas tree permit is $15 for a tree up to 10 feet tall.
One Christmas tree permit allowed per household—for personal use only. Trees must be cut within designated cutting areas.
Trees may be cut until December 24.
There are no refunds on Christmas tree permits.

Participating Big Five Stores

Avondale/Goodyear: 1623 North Dysart Road, 623-535-0384
Bullhead City: 1835 Hwy 95, 928-763-0608
Chandler: 2050 North Arizona Avenue, 480-821-9226
Flagstaff: 2775 Woodlands Village Boulevard, 928-214-0590
Glendale: 5490 West Bell Road, 602-548-5794
Kingman: 3320 North Stockton Hill Road, 928-692-4944
Mesa: 2930 North Power Road, 480-854-1889
Mesa/Gilbert: 1244 South Gilbert Road, 480-507-0137
Paradise Valley: 4623 East Cactus Road, 602-953-0305
Payson: 220 East Highway260, 928-474-2092
Phoenix/Bell Rd: 1919 West Bell Road, 602-863-1309
Phoenix/East: 3560 East Thomas Road, 602-955-9601
Phoenix/West: 7710 West Thomas Road, 623-848-4800
Prescott Valley: 6106 Highway 69, 928-759-0013
Show Low: 4441 South White Mountain, 928-537-5551
Scottsdale: 3330 Hayden Road, 480-941-4387
Thatcher: 2281 West U.S. Highway 70 Suite C, 928-428-8760
Tucson: 5695 East Speedway Boulevard, 520-296-3326
Yuma: 505 Catalina Drive, 928-726-2884

Christmas tree cutting permits on sale starting early-mid November at participating Big Five Sporting Goods stores - Oct. 23, 2013