Here’s everything you need to know

Now that Halloween is firmly behind us and Thanksgiving is quickly approaching, people are already getting ready for Christmas by pulling their decorations boxes from the attic and dusting off their garlands. While artificial trees are the new normal for many families, others still love the timeless tradition of cutting down their own trees.

Christmas tree cutting is allowed in Arizona national forests. Permits are available in Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Kaibab and Tonto national forests. Permits for Prescott National Forest are sold out for 2023.

Visit to choose which forest you’d like to visit and purchase a permit to cut down your tree.

Here’s everything to know about cutting your own Christmas tree in Arizona.

Do you need a permit to cut a Christmas tree in Arizona?

Yes. You need to purchase a permit to be able to cut your own Christmas tree.

Each national forest has its own permit rules. Your permit will specify what type and size of tree may be cut and the area of the forest it can be cut from.

Where do I get a Christmas tree permit in AZ?

Purchase your Christmas tree-cutting permit at

You’ll be able to type in your location and select the forest you wish to cut from. The permit will lay out the areas where you’re allowed to cut your tree, the height and stump maximums and how to identify different types of trees.

Where in Arizona can you cut a Christmas tree?

These Arizona national forests have 2023 Christmas tree permits available:

  • Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest: You can cut up to three trees for $15 each. Permits went on sale Oct. 13, and cutting began the same day.
  • Coconino National Forest: You can cut one tree for $15. Permits go on sale on Nov. 9, and cutting begins Nov. 17.
  • Kaibab National Forest: You can cut up to five trees for $15 each. Permits went on sale Oct. 12, and cutting began Nov. 1.
  • Tonto National Forest: You can cut one tree for $15. Permits go on sale Nov. 9 , and cutting begins Nov. 18.

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J.D. Manning
Author: J.D. Manning founder and administrator. Arrowhead resident and Realtor, The Arrowhead Agent with eXp Realty