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 Northcentral Idaho'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!
- If the name of the farm is blue with an underline; that's a link to their website. Click on it for the most current hours and information.
- ALWAYS call the farm or store BEFORE YOU GO to confirm their supply, their hours
and whether they have trees, are allowing choose-and-cut or just precut trees; and which attractions or winter activities are available.
All three can change during the short Christmas season, due to weather, demand and the farmer's business conditions! Farms get sold, shut down or run out of trees, and they don't all update me every day, let alone every year. For
more tips to make your trip fun
and successful, click here!
DON'T DRIVE OUT THERE IF YOU CAN'T REACH THEM BY PHONE OR EMAIL!
- The dates indicate when I last received an update, no date means it may
be years old!
- And please tell the farmer you visit in Northcentral Idaho that you found their farm
here! I need the farmers to realize that you found them here so that they will keep their information up to date!
- After Christmas, click here to find how
how and where to easily recycle
or dispose of your Christmas tree!
And to recycle used, broken or old Christmas lights and electronics
See this page for local options to easily recycle your Christmas holiday
And if you know of one I missed and want to add it or correct the
information, please let me know!
Updates for January 2017
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.
And next Spring, you'll want to take your children to a free Easter egg hunt
see our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt.
Christmas tree farms, lots and activities, sorted by county
Click on Resources above, if you need a county map
Salmon-Challis National Forest Christmas Tree Cutting
- Christmas trees-you choose and you cut,
Idaho. Phone: Amy Baumer (208) 756‐5145. Christmas tree tags are
now available for sale at all Salmon-Challis National Forest
district offices in Challis, Leadore, Mackay, North Fork, and
the Public Lands Center in Salmon, as well as participating
vendors in Salmon, Leadore, and Mackay. Vendors selling
Christmas Tree tags for the 2016 season in Salmon are: Cycle,
Sleds, and Saws and Service Grocery; in Leadore: Stage Stop; and
in Mackay: Sammy's Mini-Mart.
Tags are non-refundable and
must be purchased before cutting your tree. Each tag costs $5.00
per tree. A household may purchase two tags. The tag may be used
in any open area administered by the Salmon-Challis National
Forest or the Salmon and Challis BLM Field Offices.
Guidelines for cutting include:
No cutting within 300 feet of
campgrounds, streams, lakes or ponds.
Cut your tree at least
100 feet away from either side of any main road, including 200
feet from US Highway 93 and 1/3 mile from the roadside of the
Salmon River Road (Forest Road #030).
Cut tree below the
lowest whorl or limbs. Do not cut trees that measure 8 inches or
greater in diameter at the 4 1/2 feet mark.
No topping of
trees is allowed.
Areas where cutting is prohibited:
Creek Narrows - Lost River Ranger District, Mackay
and Freeman Creek Plantations - Salmon BLM Field Office, Salmon
Research areas, Signed Timber Sale Areas, and any tree
Once you have selected and cut
your tree, place the tag around the stem or a branch of the tree
before transporting. The tag must be signed and attached to the
tree in such a manner that removal will destroy the tag. Caution
is advised on snow covered roads. In many places, four-wheel
drive or chains may be needed. Be prepared for cold weather
conditions or emergencies that may present themselves by being
outdoors during winter months.
Keep your tree in water while
indoors to maintain freshness, reduce fire hazards and to enjoy
its beauty throughout the holiday season. If the base dries out,
resin will form over the cut end and the tree will not be able
to absorb water causing it to dry out quickly. Most fresh-cut
trees should last at least five weeks before drying out if
properly cared for.
The Salmon-Challis National Forest
wishes you a happy holiday season! (ADDED: November 09, 2016,
More Christmas Tree Farm listings are coming soon for Northcentral Idaho! Do you know of any Christmas tree farms or other special Christmas and winter events in Northcentral Idaho? Please tell me about them - Click here to write to me!