Due to a lapse in federal funding, this USDA website will not be actively updated. Once funding has been reestablished, online operations will continue. On-going operational updates will be posted here (https://www.fs.fed.us/shutdown) as we are able to provide them.


Tonto National Forest Christmas tree permits sold out

PHOENIX, Nov. 29, 2018—For Immediate Release.  The Tonto National Forest has sold out of Christmas tree permits.  Now that the permits are sold, the Payson Ranger District Office will not be open Saturday, Dec. 1. The last day to cut Christmas trees on the Tonto is December 24. 

Forest officials remind permit holders still heading out to cut a tree to be prepared for sudden weather changes and colder conditions. Forest roads are not plowed; they may be snow packed or inaccessible. Here are a few safety tips to help you prepare for a fun family outing. 

Always let friends or relatives know where you are going and when you intend to return. Call the ranger district office nearest your destination for information on conditions. Be prepared for potential bad weather, including rain, snow and ice. Make sure you have a full tank of gas and carry emergency equipment and supplies in your vehicle such as tire chains, shovel, first aid kit, matches or flares, tow chain, warm clothing, extra food and water, flashlight, and blankets. Remember that cell phone coverage is not reliable in many areas of the forest.