Flagstaff AZ (October 26, 2021) – Coconino National Forest will begin selling a limited number of Christmas tree permits online starting November 9, and permit owners will be allowed to begin cutting Nov. 16 through Dec. 31.
A total of 1,150 permits will be available for purchase on the Coconino NF Christmas Tree Recreation.gov webpage, which also lists details about designated cutting areas, maps, dates, and types of trees that may be cut.
Three hundred permits will be designated for the cutting areas within the Flagstaff Ranger District, while 850 permits will be designated for the cutting areas within the Mogollon Rim Ranger District. A small number of over-the-counter permits may be available in late November but are not available currently since all permits are being sold online starting Nov. 9.
When purchasing a permit online, it is important to carefully read the overview and need-to-know information prior to purchasing. Visitors will also need to set up or login to a Recreation.gov account to complete the transaction. Permits will be issued one per household on a first-come, first-served basis until sold out.
Many other national forests are also selling Christmas tree permits online for their districts. To find out if online Christmas tree permits are available in your neck of the woods, visit www.recreation.gov and search for “Christmas Tree Permits” to pull up a list of all the national forests that are participating.