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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October: 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:
- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest (any species of tree)
- The Kaibab National Forest (piñon or juniper)
- Prescott National Forest (any species of tree)
- Tonto National Forest (piñon 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!
(UPDATE: December 6, 2016. The Tonto National Forest has sold out of 2016 Christmas Tree Permits. Because all 2,000 permits available have been sold, the Payson Ranger District Office will not be open on Saturday, December 10, 2016.
- 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, November 18, 2016, 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, November 15, 2016, 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 on November 16, 2016, 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, November 19, 2016 at 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, November 16, 2016, 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.
- PROGRAM RULES
- APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
- The Online application is not available in 2007. They encountered technical difficulties.
- APPLICATION FORM (for printing)
- APPLICATION PICK-UP LOCATIONS (hard copy application booklet)
- MAP of cutting areas
- CUTTING INSTRUCTIONS
- FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs))