Whether you want to cut your own tree, pick a live tree and have it cut for you, buy a tree already cut or buy a living tree you can plant, this page provides detailed listings of Southwest Arizona's choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms, places to buy pre-cut (also called pre-harvested and fresh-cut) trees, stands, sleigh rides, hay rides and related winter events and fun. Some listings are for tree farms, others are tree lots, and some only offer hay rides, sleigh rides or other winter events. READ EACH LISTING to know what each facility offers. The farms are listed further down this page, so scroll down the page! Since this service is free and open to ALL Christmas tree farms, not just those who belong to an association or pay for an ad, like almost all other websites do, this is the most complete and current listing available! I'm always looking for more to add, and to correct any inaccuracies or errors, so if you encounter any, please email me !
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January: Most Christmas tree farms open on the Friday right after Thanksgiving and are open up to Christmas Eve.Some are only open on weekends, or only have hayrides, Santa visits and events on weekends.
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Yes, with the following restrictions, you are allowed to go out in the following forests, find your perfect Christmas tree and cut down with your own hands:
Christmas tree permits are available over the counter at many Forest Service offices. Supplies are limited. Since not all offices offer Christmas tree permits, and some offices may be sold out, call ahead for more details and to be sure the local office responsible for the area in which you are interested offers permits, and still has them available. Please contact the forest where you intend to cut for availability and details.
- Apache-Sitgreaves - Permits may be purchased at all five ranger districts October 10 - December 24.
- Coconino-Permit sales start Friday, November 16 through December 24 for designated cutting areas in designated areas of the Flagstaff and Mogollon Rim ranger districts.
- Coronado- Christmas tree permits for Douglas Ranger District on the Coronado National Forest go on sale the 15th of November. No other districts offer Christmas Tree Permits.
Douglas Ranger District: 520-388-8436
- Kaibab-The Kaibab National Forest is selling over-the-counter and through-the-mail Christmas tree tags on a first-come, first-served basis beginning Nov. 16 through December 24.
North Kaibab Ranger District: 928-643-7395
Tusayan Ranger District: 928-638-2443
Williams Ranger District: 928-635-5600
- Prescott- Permits will be available beginning Saturday, Nov. 17 on the Bradshaw and Chino Valley Ranger Districts, and on Monday, Nov. 19 at the Verde Ranger District.
- Tonto- Permits go on sale in mid-November. Each Christmas tree permit is $15 (2018 price) and can be purchased at one of four locations on the Tonto.
- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (any species of tree)
- The Kaibab National Forest (pinon or juniper)
- Prescott National Forest (any species of tree)
- Tonto National Forest (pinon or juniper)
Here are certain restrictions:
You must have a permit to cut a Christmas tree. A limited number of permits are granted each year . In 2008, the permits went on sale for $10 to $15 each on October 10 at 12 Big Five Sporting Goods in Arizona. They allow residents to legally cut down their own tree. (Note: Forest officials announced in September 2008 they were dropping the decades-old lottery that decided who got to harvest trees for a statewide sale of permits on a first-come, first-serve basis at the stores.)
Other conditions and restrictions:
- Trees may be cut between November 9th and December 24th. BUT GO EARLY -DO NOT WAIT TO GET YOUR PERMIT!
(The Tonto National Forest sells out of Christmas Tree Permits by the end of November every year. Once all 2,000 permits available have been sold, the Payson Ranger District Office will not be open)
- The permit allows you to cut one tree under 10 feet tall, per residence, per year.
- You may harvest a tree for someone else if you have their permit with you
- No tree harvested under this program may be sold.
For more information you may call the Christmas tree hotline at 602-225-5258 or see these pages:
For details please visit the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest Passes & Permit page .
The Coconino National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree tags on Friday, mid-November, at three locations:
- 300 tags will be available at the Mogollon Rim Ranger Station,
- 200 tags will be available at the Flagstaff Ranger Station, and
- 100 tags will be available at the Forest Supervisor's Office in Flagstaff.
Visit the Coconino National Forest Christmas Tree Permits page for additional details.
The Coronado National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree permits on Tuesday, in mid-November, at the Douglas Ranger District. Please contact the Douglas Ranger District at (520) 364-3468 for additional information.
The Kaibab National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree tags in mid-November, at three locations:
- 800 tags will be available at the North Kaibab Ranger District
- 500 tags will be available at the Tusayan Ranger District
- 500 tags will be available at the Williams Ranger District.
Visit Kaibab National Forest Christmas Tree Permit page for additional details.
The Prescott National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree permits on Saturday, in mid-Novemberat two locations:
- 300 permits available at the Bradshaw Ranger District
- 100 permits available at the Chino Valley Ranger Station
- 100 permits available at the Verde Ranger District (starting Monday November 21, 2016)
Visit the Prescott National Forest Christmas Tree Permit page for additional details.
The Tonto National Forest will begin selling Christmas tree permits on Wednesday, mid-November, at the following locations:
- 500 permits at the Tonto Supervisor's Office
- 500 permits at the Mesa Ranger District
- 500 permits at the Cave Creek Ranger District
- 475 at the Payson Ranger District, and
- 25 at the Pleasant Valley Ranger District.
Visit the Tonto National Forest Christmas Tree page for additional details.