Christmas Tree Permits in the Southwestern Region

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.

Many National Forests offer Christmas Tree Permits online through Recreation.gov. Permits may also be purchased by phone at the Forest Supervisors and District Offices. Permits purchased through recreation.gov incur a $2.50 processing fee in addition to the cost of the permit.  Call your local office prior to purchasing over the counter or curbside to determine availability.  

Fourth and Fifth 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 (processing fee applies).

  • Plan ahead!
    • Availability varies by forest and district!
    • There are a limited number of permits!
    • 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.
  • Pack out what you packed in. 
  • Drive safely and enjoy your quest for that perfect Christmas tree!

2020 Christmas Permits

Forest Rules and Limitations

Regional Office
Albuquerque, NM
Not Available

  • Please visit your local Forest Supervisor's or District Offices for permits.

Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests
Springerville, AZ
Purchase Online 

  • 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
Taos, NM
Purchase Online
 

  • Phone sales, credit card payments, mailed to customer.
  • 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
Albuquerque, NM
Purchase Online
  • Phone sales, credit card payments with curbside pickup or mailed to customer.
  • Mountainair, Mt. Taylor and Magdalena Districts only.   
  • Cutting season runs through December 31.
  • Each permit is good for one tree. Two trees per household may be purchased.
  • Cost: $10 for up to 10 foot tree.  $12 up to 12 foot tree; $15 up to 15'
Coconino National Forest
Flatgstaff, AZ
SOLD OUT
  • 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.
Coronado National Forest
Tucson, AZ
Permits by Phone
  • Douglas Ranger District only
  • Phone Orders: Call Douglas Ranger District, Permits will be mailed
  • Tree height: 10 feet maximum or maximum 6 inches in stump diameter
  • Take the whole tree. Do not remove the top of the tree; cut down the entire tree
  • maximum stump height 6 inches
  • Each permit is $10.00 (any species)
Gila National Forest
Silver City, NM
Purchase Online
In Person and Curbside available
  • In Person and Curbside sales available.  Call the Ranger District for specific instructions. 
  • 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
Williams, AZ
Purchase Online
  • Williams Ranger District is SOLD OUT
  • Limited permits remain at other districts
  • Tree height: No more than 10 ft. in height.
  • Cut close to the ground leaving no more than a 6 inch stump.
  • Cut all live green limbs from the stump to avoid the tree growing into a bush.
  • Scatter around the ground any slash or limbs left from cutting the tree.
  • Whatever you pack in with you to find a tree please pack it out like any food or trash.
Lincoln National Forest
Alamogordo, NM
Purchase Online , In-Person at our offices or over the phone
  • 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.
  • Cutting Season ends Dec 24.
Prescott National Forest
Prescott, AZ
SOLD OUT
Santa Fe National Forest
Santa Fe, NM
Purchase Online
Limited curbside pickup
  • Curbside Pickup at Espanola Ranger District while supplies last.  M-F 8am - 3:45pm. 
  • Tree Height: up to 10 feet
    • Taller than 10 feet requires two permits
  • 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
Scottsdale, AZ
Online SOLD OUT
Limited Permits by Phone
  • Phone Orders: Call District, Permits will be mailed. 
  • 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.

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