2019 Christmas Tree Permits

Decorated Christmas tree in the forest


***2019 Christmas tree permits are SOLD OUT, except for a few FREE passes for 4th graders when they bring their FREE Every Kid Outdoors passes.  Scroll down for more information.***

The Prescott National Forest will sell 600 over-the-counter Christmas tree permits starting on Saturday, November 16th.  Permits will be available at our Bradshaw Ranger District and the Supervisor’s Office on Saturday, November 16th from 8:00 AM to noon. The Supervisor’s Office is located at 2971 Willow Creek Road, Building 4 and will only sell permits on Saturday, November 16th. Please note that permits will not be sold out of our Chino Valley Ranger District as the office will be closed for renovations. The Verde Ranger District Office will start selling permits on Monday, November 18th from 8:30 AM- 4:00 PM.

2019 Christmas Tree Cutting Map (781 KB PDF)

2019 Christmas Tree Cutting Instructions (252 KB PDF)


Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone. Permits can be purchased with cash, check, or credit card, but note that exact cash is highly preferred as it will keep the lines moving. Customers will be provided a map that shows the designated cutting areas along with additional Christmas tree cutting instructions. The permit will allow the holder to cut a tree within designated cutting areas between the dates of November 16 through December 25. 


Rules for Christmas Tree Permits


  • Each Christmas tree permit is $20 and allows permit holders to cut a tree up to 10 feet tall
  • A customer may only purchase one tree permit, which is intended for his or her family
  • Permits are for personal use only
  • rees must be cut within designated cutting areas
  • No refunds on Christmas tree permits


Free Christmas Tree Permits for 4th Graders with Every Kid Outdoors Pass

In addition to the regular Christmas tree permits, up to 100 free Christmas tree permits will be issued forest-wide to 4th Graders that have a valid Every Kid Outdoors (EKO) pass. In order to receive a free Christmas tree permit, the 4th Grader must be present and possess a valid EKO pass or voucher. To obtain an EKO pass, please go to https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm and follow the instructions. Prescott National Forest personnel will NOT be able to issue EKO passes on Saturday, November 16, so please obtain an EKO pass ahead of time. 

NOTE: Be aware that winter storms can occur suddenly, so be prepared for bad weather and muddy or snowy roads. Let someone know where you are going and when you plan to return. Take a shovel, blankets, warm clothing, food and water, flashlight, matches, tire chains, tow strap and first-aid kit. If you should happen to get stranded, stay with your vehicle. Please understand that in the event of a strong storm, access to the Christmas tree cutting area may be closed for your safety and to protect natural resources. Be safe and have a happy holiday season!


Drawing of a string of christmas tree lights