Online Purchase of Christmas Tree Permits

Christmas Tree Permits at Recreation.gov for the Forest Service Southwestern Region

Christmas Tree Permits allow people to cut down a Christmas tree from designated locations in your local forest. Lifelong memories are built during these special times and we are happy to be able to offer tree permit sales and help with any information gathering you’ll need to make your trip a safe and enjoyable one.

Several National Forests offer Christmas Tree Permits online through Recreation.gov. Permits may also be purchased by phone at the District Offices. Permits purchased through Rec.gov incur a $2.50 processing fee in addition to the cost of the permit.

Fourth-Grade Students can get a free Christmas Tree through Every Kid Outdoors Program! Use the pass ID number on Recreation.gov to claim your free permit (plus the processing fee).

Forests Offering Permits Online

Forest Supervisor Office Rules and Limitations
Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest
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Springerville, AZ
  • Tree Height: 15 feet maximum
  • Stump height: 6 inches maximum
  • Take the whole tree. Do not remove the top of the tree; cut down the entire tree
  • If snow is on the ground, remove it from around the stump so you can accurately measure the stump and tree height.
Carson National Forest
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Taos, NM
  • The tree may be cut, or dug up and removed as a transplant. The ground starts freezing as early as November. Please fill in the hole created when digging up a live tree. 
  • Do not cut or transplant Bristlecone Pine
  • Stump height: 6 inches maximum
  • Each permit is $5 (for any species) up to 10 feet, $10 for over 10 feet - up to 15 feet, and $15 for over 15 feet - up to 20 feet
  • Take the whole tree. Do not remove the top of the tree; cut down the entire tree
Cibola National Forest
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Albuquerque, NM
  • The tree cutting season begins on November 14 and runs through December 31.
  • Each permit is good for one tree. Two trees per household may be purchased.
  • Tree Height: 10 feet maximum. Trees taller than 10 feet will cost an additional $1.00 per foot.
Coconino National Forest
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Flatgstaff, AZ
  • Take the whole tree. Do not remove the top of the tree; cut down the entire tree
  • If snow is on the ground, remove it from around the stump so you can accurately measure the stump and tree height.
Gila National Forest
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Silver City, NM
  • Tree Height: 10 feet maximum
  • Take the whole tree. Do not remove the top of the tree; cut down the entire tree
  • If snow is on the ground, remove it from around the stump so you can accurately measure the stump and tree height.
Kaibab National Forest
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Williams, AZ Refer to the forest website.
Lincoln National Forest
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Alamogordo, NM
  • Take the whole tree. Do not remove the top of the tree; cut down the entire tree
  • If snow is on the ground, remove it from around the stump so you can accurately measure the stump and tree height.
Santa Fe National Forest
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Santa Fe, NM
  • Tree Height: 10 or 15 feet maximum, depending on permit
  • Stump diameter: 5 inches maximum
  • Take the whole tree. Do not remove the top of the tree; cut down the entire tree
  • If snow is on the ground, remove it from around the stump so you can accurately measure the stump and tree height.
Tonto National Forest
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Scottsdale, AZ
  • Tree Height: 10 feet maximum
  • Take the whole tree. Do not remove the top of the tree; cut down the entire tree
  • If snow is on the ground, remove it from around the stump so you can accurately measure the stump and tree height.

Yuletide Tips

  • Plan ahead!
    • There are a limited number of permits and some areas sell fast!
  • Dress warmly.
    • Mountain areas can be 15 to 20 degrees cooler than lower elevations. Mountain weather can change quickly; be prepared.
  • Call the ranger station serving your cutting area for up-to-date road and weather conditions before your trip.
  • Bring emergency supplies, including water and food and a first-aid kit.
  • Drive safely and enjoy your quest for that perfect Christmas tree!




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