SFNF Cut-Your-Own Christmas Tree Permits On Sale Nov. 25; 4th Graders Can Get One Free

Contact(s): Julie Anne Overton

SANTA FE, NM – Nov. 12, 2019 – Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) go on sale Monday, Nov. 25, at Forest Headquarters in Santa Fe and at all Ranger District offices

As part of the “Every Kid Outdoors” initiative, every fourth grader is eligible for a free holiday tree permit.  In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass, downloadable at www.everykidoutdoors.gov.  Accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18, fourth graders should bring the printed pass to the nearest SFNF office to pick up the permit.  The free permits can only be fulfilled at a Santa Fe National Forest office.

The SFNF’s nonrefundable Christmas tree permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for $10 by check, credit/debit card or cash through Dec. 24, 2019.  Permit purchasers will receive a tree tag, map and guidelines for harvesting a tree. 

The public may purchase Christmas tree permits at all Santa Fe National Forest offices Monday through Friday during business hours.  The offices will be closed on Nov. 28 for Thanksgiving Day.  This year, the Coyote, Cuba, Pecos and Las Vegas offices will also hold Saturday hours from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Nov. 30, Dec. 7, Dec. 14 and Dec. 21.  Permits are also available at the Los Alamos Historical Museum Sunday through Monday and at REI in Santa Fe on Saturdays only (excluding Dec. 7).

One tag is valid for a tree up to five inches in diameter and 10 feet in height.  Trees taller than 10 feet and/or wider than five inches require an additional tag.  For example, a 15-foot tree requires two tags.  The Santa Fe National Forest has a three-tag limit per person. 

Permit holders should be prepared for unpredictable weather changes and colder conditions at higher elevations.  Forest Service staff may be in the cutting areas to check permits and answer questions. 

Permit holders are asked to practice good stewardship.  SFNF Christmas tree permits are valid only on land within forest boundaries.  Tree cutting is prohibited within 300 feet of streams, rivers and paved roads, and in all recreation camp areas and congressionally designated wilderness areas.

See the following list of locations and hours for SFNF Christmas tree permit sales.  For additional information, please contact Forest Headquarters at 505.438.5300.




Coyote Ranger Station
Coyote, NM

(575) 638-5526

Mon-Fri:  8am-12pm, 12:30-4pm
Sat 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21:  8am-1pm

Cuba Ranger Station
Cuba, NM

(575) 289-3264

Mon-Fri:  8am-12pm, 12:30-4pm
Sat 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21:  8am-1pm

Jemez Ranger Station
Jemez Springs, NM

(575) 829-3535

Mon-Fri:  8am-4:30pm

Pecos Ranger Station
Pecos, NM

(505) 757-6121

Mon-Fri:  8am-12pm, 12:30-4:30pm
No sales after 3pm on Wed
Sat 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21:  8am-1pm

Las Vegas Ranger Station
Las Vegas, NM

(505) 425-3534

Mon-Fri:  8am-12pm, 12:30-4:30pm
No sales after 3pm on Wed
Sat 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 12/21:  8am-1pm

Española Ranger Station
Española, NM

(505) 753-7331

Mon-Fri:  8am-12pm, 12:30-4pm

Supervisor’s Office
11 Forest Lane, Santa Fe, NM

(505) 438-5300

Mon-Fri:  8am-4pm

Regional Office
333 Broadway SE
Albuquerque, NM  87102

(505) 842-3292

Mon-Fri:  8am-4:30pm




REI (hosted by SFNF)
500 Market Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

(505) 982-3557

Sat only 11/30, 12/14, 12/21:
Cash or check only. No sales 12/7.

Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center
7413 Highway 4
Jemez Pueblo, NM 87024

(575) 834-7235

Saturdays only until further notice:
8am-12pm, 1-5pm
Cash or check only.

Los Alamos Historical Museum
Fuller Lodge Lobby
1050 Bathtub Row
Los Alamos, NM  87544

(505) 695-5250

Mon-Fri:  9am-5pm
Sat-Sun:  10am-4pm

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