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 our National Forests. Permits may be purchased by phone at the Forest Supervisors and District Offices and many forests offer Christmas Tree Permits online through Recreation.gov.

“For every tree that is found, cut and carried home as a holiday fixture, a new story is created,” said USDA Forest Service Chief Randy Moore. “These stories become the precious memories that create traditions worth carrying on for generations and further connect families with their local forests.”

Cutting a Christmas tree also improves forest health. The permit system helps to thin densely populated stands of small-diameter trees. Local forest health experts identify areas that benefit from thinning trees that tend to be the perfect size for Christmas trees. Removing these trees in designated areas helps other trees grow larger and can open areas that provide forage for wildlife.

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 (processing fee applies).

Permit availability varies by forest and district. There are a limited number of permits and some locations sell out very quickly. Permits purchased through recreation.gov incur a $2.50 processing fee in addition to the cost of the permit.

  • Call ahead prior to purchasing over the counter or curbside to determine availability.
  • Local offices can provide up-to-date road and weather conditions.
  • 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!

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