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The Tonto National Forest, Arizona, embraces almost 3 million acres of rugged and spectacularly beautiful country, ranging from Saguaro cactus-studded desert to pine-forested mountains beneath the Mogollon Rim. This variety in vegetation and range in altitude (from 1,300 to 7,900 feet) offers outstanding recreational opportunities throughout the year, whether it's lake beaches or cool pine forest.

As the fifth largest forest in the United States, the Tonto National Forest is one of the most-visited “urban” forests in the U.S. (approximately 5.8 million visitors annually). Its boundaries are Phoenix to the south, the Mogollon Rim to the north and the San Carlos and Fort Apache Indian reservations to the east. Read more about the Tonto National Forest

2018 Christmas Tree Permits

String of Christmas lights with pine boughs

The Tonto National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree permits at 8 am on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Each Christmas tree permit is $15 and can be purchased at select locations.

Please note that the number of permits available will change day-to-day and will not be updated on this web page, so call the location you are planning to purchase from to check how many permits they have available.

Trees must be cut within the designated cutting areas.  A map of the cutting area will be provided with the permit.  Trees may be cut beginning November 17  There are no refunds on Christmas tree permits.

More information including permit sale locations and times can be found on the 2018 Christmas Tree Permit page.

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