Sawtooth National Forest Christmas Tree Permits go on Sale


For Immediate Release
Contact: 208-423-7500

Julie Thomas, Public Affairs Officer



Sawtooth National Forest Christmas Tree Permits go on Sale


Jerome, Idaho – October 21, 2020 The Holidays are fast approaching and permits for cutting Christmas trees for personal, family use on the Sawtooth National Forest will be available beginning Friday, November 15, 2020 and will be valid until December 31, 2020. The cost of this year’s permit is $10. This permit will allow a family to choose and cut one tree up to 20 feet tall. There is a limit of one tree per family or organization. Permits will be available at the following locations throughout the Sawtooth National Forest and surrounding areas:

Fairfield Area

Camas Creek Country Store – 6:30 AM – 8:00 PM Monday – Thursday

6:30 AM – 8:30 PM Friday, 7:00 AM – 8:30 PM Saturday, 7:00 AM -8:00 PM Sunday

Twin Falls Area

                                    Rock Creek General Store – 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM Seven days/week

                                    Hansen Quick Stop & Go – 5:00 AM – 11:00 PM Seven days/week

Burley Area

Minidoka Ranger District Office – 8:00 AM –12:00- 12:30-4:30 PM Tuesday and Thursday

Cal Ranch Store – 8:00 AM – 9:00 PM Monday –Friday, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM - Sunday

Ketchum Area

                                     Ketchum Ranger District Office – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Monday–Friday

                                     Sawtooth NRA Hdqtrs Office – 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM Monday–Friday

                                     LL Green Hardware in Hailey – 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM Monday- Saturday

Sawtooth Wood Products in Bellevue – 09:00 AM – 5:30 PM Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM Saturday


Stanley Area

Stanley Ranger Station – 8:30 AM – 12:00 - 1:00 PM–4:30 PM Monday-Friday

Lower Stanley Country Store 9:00 AM – 7:00 PM Monday-Saturday


In addition, the USDA Forest Service is modernizing its approach to selling Christmas Tree permits and making them available to purchase through beginning October 15. There is an additional $2.50 processing fee when purchasing a permit on The Forest Service moved permit sales to as an added convenience and to provide an alternative to in-person transactions at offices where staffing may be limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic. is a one-stop online resource to plan trips, share information and make reservations at more than 103,000 public lands locations nationwide.


Depending on the specific area where people choose to cut their trees, a variety of trees are available. These include lodgepole pine, subalpine fir, Douglas-fir and pinyon pine. “We strongly recommend that people check with the Forest Service office closest to the area where they plan to cut their tree,” said Julie Thomas, Public Affairs Officer. “Conditions on-the-ground vary greatly from area to area throughout the Forest. In some places it may be necessary to cross-country ski or use a snow machine to access cutting areas.” There are a few areas that are off limits for cutting Christmas trees. These include campgrounds, administrative sites, ski areas, summer home sites and organization camps. “People will be provided with information when they purchase their permit,” said Thomas. “This will include maps and rules for cutting trees.” Thomas advised people to be well prepared when going into the forest to cut their tree. “Weather and road conditions can change quite rapidly at this time of the year. In addition, some areas that have been popular for Christmas Tree Cutting in the past may have burnt in recent wildfires. Please check with your local Ranger Station to know where burn areas are and where closures may be in place. We encourage people to take extra food and clothing and let someone know where you plan to go and when you plan to return.” Additionally, in support of Every Kid Outdoors, the Sawtooth National Forest will offer one free Christmas tree permit to fourth graders who present a valid paper or durable Every Kid Outdoors pass.  The fourth grader must be present at the time the permit is issued and must be picked up before you cut your tree.  The free


Christmas tree permit will not be available at local vendors but is available at all Sawtooth National Forest offices in, Burley, , Ketchum, Stanley and Sawtooth National Recreation Area headquarters. You can receive a free Christmas Tree Permit on by entering the Every Kid Outdoors Pass number on the website when purchasing a tree.


The U.S. Forest Service is among the federal agencies that support the Administration’s Every Kid Outdoors initiative, a nationwide call to action to build the next generation of conservationists.  The initiative provides a free pass to all fourth-grade students who first go to and complete the application process.  Students can either use a paper pass or can redeem the paper pass for a durable pass at select federal lands.  The Sawtooth National Forest hopes the Every Kid Outdoors will help to inspire every young person to visit the Sawtooth National Forest!