2020 Christmas Tree Permits

Blue Christmas Tree Photo


Sale of Christmas Tree permits for the Boise NF will start Nov. 18 through Rec.Gov. Vendors will start selling Nov. 21. All cutting will start Nov. 21 and continue through Dec. 25.



Boise NF managers highly recommend purchasing your permit on-line through Recreation.gov. This new process adds convenience for visitors as well as providing an alternative to in-person transactions with vendors and some offices. Please help us provide greater protection for you and our local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Purchase your 2020 Christmas Tree Permit at Recreation.Gov!

View News Release - Click Here



Remember maps do not replace a permit. They are just for your information. 

Please go to Recreation.gov or one of the Boise NF vendors (scroll down on page) to purchase your permit.

Download general Christmas tree vicinity map - Click Here   

Printable maps with more detail are also available.   North half of Forest.   South half of the Forest. 

We recommend downloading a Motor Vehicle Use Map (MVUM) to your mobile device through Avenza and have a Boise NF Visitor map with you.

For those who are heading to Idaho City RD to cut a Christmas Tree, the only road that is safe to travel is State Highway 21.  View map.


The holiday season is often time for families and friends to head to the woods to play in the snow and to cut the traditional family Christmas Tree. Lifelong memories are built during these special times and the Boise National Forest is happy to help with any information gathering you'll need to make this trip a safe and enjoyable one.


The Boise National Forest is offering online Christmas tree permits through Recreation.gov this holiday season. Click here to purchase your Christmas tree permit online! What you need to know about the new e-permits:

Please note, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Boise National Forest offices may be closed to in-person business. We recommend calling ahead to check if the office is open.

The Interagency Visitor Center in Boise WIIL NOT be selling Christmas tree permits. 

There is one vendor selling Christmas Tree permits within the Treasure Valley this year:

East Cleveland Beverage (208) 459-6442

2518 E Cleveland / Caldwell, ID 83605

Open: Everyday, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

(Scroll down this page for a list of additional vendors)


Online permits purchased through Recreation.gov must be printed and with you in your vehicle to be valid. You will not need tags if you purchase your permit through Recreation.gov. (only the printed permit.There is a $2.50 transaction fee to purchase your Christmas tree permit online.


Traditional Christmas tree permits are still available for purchase at Boise National Forest participating vendors.  If you purchase a permit through a vendor, you will receive a tree permit and a tag to wrap around a branch of the tree.  


Each permit allows one tree to be cut, with a limit of three permits per family. The cost of a permit for one tree is $10, and the maximum height of a permitted tree is 12 feet. (View General Conditions for permits.) 

Permits purchased for the Boise National Forest cannot be used on the Payette National Forest. If you desire to buy a permit valid for each Forest, visit one of the vendors from the Forests of your choice.

A Christmas tree permit is for personal use only and the use of permits for commercial use is prohibited. Purchaser must be at least 18 years in age and permits are not refundable.


In coordination with the “Every Kid Outdoors” program, fourth and fifth graders can receive a free Christmas tree permit. The initiative provides a free pass to all fourth and fifth-grade students who first go to the website https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm, complete the application process for a voucher and print the voucher.

Keep a copy of the voucher in your car.  It will serve as your permit - cards may not be available in 2020.

If  you are utilizing the optional online system at recreation.gov, you may enter the name and voucher number when prompted. There is a $2.50 recreation.gov transaction fee to utilize the voucher registration system. It is not required.


If an unusually heavy snowfall occurs in southwest Idaho, and forest roads become a safety concern for the public, some areas may be closed early to Christmas tree gathering. Forest roads are not plowed. Please do not block private or county roadways at any time. 





Photo of 4 people holding a cut tree



Boise National Forest Offices - 208-373-4039 

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Interagency Visitor Center in Boise WIIL NOT be selling Christmas tree permits in 2020.

Boise NF Offices may be closed due to Covid-19 pandemic, call ahead before heading out or plan to visit one of the vendors!


The Idaho City Ranger District (208) 392-6681


Lowman Ranger District (208) 259-3361


Emmett Ranger District (208) 365-7000


Cascade Ranger District (208) 382-7400


Mountain Home Ranger District   (208) 587-7961



Boise National Forest Vendors


Idaho City Grocery (208) 392-4426

3868 Highway 21

Idaho City, ID  83631   

Open: Mon - Thursday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Fri - Sun, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.


Tom’s Service/Sinclair (208) 392-4900

243 State Highway 21

Idaho City, ID  83631

Open: Everyday, 5 a.m. - 11 p.m.


Seasons  (208) 392-9777

200 Main Street

Idaho City, ID  83631

Open: Everyday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m.


East Cleveland Beverage (208) 459-6442

2518 E Cleveland

Caldwell, ID 83605

Open: Everyday, 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.


Ray’s Corner Market (208) 793-2391

445 State Highway 55

Horseshoe Bend, ID  83629

Open Everyday: 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.


Garden Valley Chevron (208) 462-3869

1086 Banks Lowman Road

Garden Valley, ID  83622

Open:  Everyday - 7 a.m. - 9 p.m.


Emmett:  B & W Fuels (208) 365-2291

1900 Washington Ave

Emmett, ID  83617

Open:  Mon-Sat  - 6 a.m. - 10 p.m.

           Sunday - 6 a.m. - 9 p.m.




Photo of getting a Christmas Tree - Payette