Christmas tree permits available online through
Recreation.gov starting October 13th
Christmas tree permits for the Prescott National Forest will be available for purchase starting on October 13, 2022. This season 700 permits will be available to purchase online through Recreation.gov. Details about designated cutting areas, dates and types of trees that may be cut may be found here – Prescott National Forest Christmas Tree Permit in Arizona – Recreation.gov.
Christmas tree permits for 2022 will not be sold at any of our offices this year; on-line only at Recreation.gov. It is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing the permit. Visitors will also need to set up or log in to a Recreation.gov account to complete the transaction.
Rules for Christmas Tree Permits
• Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone.
• No Cutting Prior to November 1: The permit will allow the holder to cut a tree within designated cutting areas between the dates of November 1 through December 31.
• Each Christmas tree permit is $20 and allows permit holders to cut a tree up to 10 feet tall.
• A customer may purchase only one tree permit, which is intended for his or her family. However, any remaining permits after December 1 can be purchased by anyone.
• Permits are for personal use only.
• Trees must be cut within designated cutting areas.
o A map is available on Recreation.gov at time of purchase. Please download map prior to finalizing purchase online.
• No refunds on Christmas tree permits.
In order to receive a FREE Every Kid Outdoors Christmas tree permit, the 4th grader must possess a valid Every Kid Outdoors pass or voucher. This free Christmas tree permit is available with their pass online; to do so visit Recreation.gov and search for Prescott National Forest Christmas Tree Permits. At checkout select the option for Every Kid Outdoors and enter your card ID number to complete checkout and obtain the permit. If your fourth grader has not obtained their Every Kid Outdoors voucher, please go to https://everykidoutdoors.gov/pass.htm and follow the instructions.
Tree cutters are reminded to be prepared for sudden weather changes and colder conditions when in higher elevations. A fun family outing can become miserable and even dangerous with a quick change of weather for the unprepared. The permits expire at midnight on December 24; however, forest officials recommend cutting your tree early in the season before the higher elevations are snow bound. Trees can stay fresh for quite some time if cared for correctly.
For more information, please contact the Bradshaw – Chino Valley Ranger District Office at (928) 443-8000.