Kaibab National Forest Christmas Tree Permit

Kaibab National Forest

This permit allows you to cut a Christmas Tree within a designated Ranger District of the Kaibab National Forest. The permit is only good on the Ranger District for which it was purchased and can’t be used to cut a tree on a different Ranger District or National Forest. No modifications, cancellations, or refunds can take place once you complete the purchase of the permit.

Maps displaying areas open to cutting on each Ranger District (Williams, Tusayan, and North Kaibab) are availible for download below. 

Please be sure to read and agree to all the tips and guidelines when selecting your tree. 

The cutting season will start November 16, 2020 and run through December 24, 2020.  

Lifelong memories are built during these special times and we are happy to help with any information gathering you'll need to make this trip a safe and enjoyable one. 

Need to Know

Where to Cut Your Tree

The permit is only good for a tree on the ranger district from which it was purchased and can’t be used to cut a tree on a different district or National Forest.

Do not cut on private land, in Wilderness areas, designated campgrounds and recreation areas or existing tree plantations. 

Do not cut in active timber sales or areas that have been planted with new trees. 

"No cutting areas" for each Ranger District are shown on the included maps. Be sure to download and/or print a copy of the map that corresponds to the Ranger District on your permit and take it with you when cutting.  

For the latest Forest warnings and closures (including road closures) visit: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/kaibab/alerts-notices

Reach out to our Ranger District Offices (see Contact Us section) if you have any specific questions about where to find or cut your tree. 

Selecting Your Tree

Each forest has limitations on the size of the tree you can cut and the species of trees that are permitted. See below to help you measure and choose a tree that meets your permit's guidelines. 

Before you leave home, be sure to measure the space where you plan to place the tree in your home (height and width), and measure the space in your vehicle where you will be transporting the tree.

If there is snow on the ground, remove it from around the stump so you can accurately measure the stump and tree height.

This permit allows the holder to cut a tree of any species that is not more than 10 feet in height.

Cut the tree as close to the ground as possible leaving a stump no more than six (6) inches in height. 

Cut down the entire tree. Do not remove only the top of a tree. 

Cut all live tree limbs and branches proturding from stump of the tree. Scatter any slash. 

Planning Your Trip

How to Plan Your Trip

For the latest Forest warnings and closures (including road closures) visit: www.fs.usda.gov/alerts/kaibab/alerts-notices

Cell service may be spotty or unavailable. Be sure someone knows where you are and when to expect you back.

Drive safely and obey all Kaibab National Forest Travel Management rules. Free paper Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) are available at the district offices or can be downloaded from www.fs.usda.gov/main/kaibab/maps-pubs/.  

Before leaving home, check weather conditions for the area you plan to cut. Dress warmly and take extra dry clothes. Expect possible winter weather, including cold temperatures, snow and winds. Roads may not be plowed. Carry tire chains, shovel(s) and a tow chain.

Bring plenty of food and water with you as well as an overnight survival kit in case you become stranded.

Be sure your vehicle has a full tank of gas.

Please help protect Condors by ensuring that no garbage, toxic materials, or open fluid containers are accessible and left in the open. If you encounter a Condor while cutting, do not interact with it/them and immediately contact the Ranger Station and report to the District Biologist. 

Park in areas so that traffic can get by safely, and do not block gates. 

Start your day early. Be sure to find your tree and leave the woods before dark.

Please comply with fire requiremetns and current restrictions to prevent forest fires. If having a campfire, please extiguish it completely before leaving and do not leave it unattended. 

Please help keep our forest beautiful by packing out all trash and litter. 

Be aware that you are not the only forest user in the woods this time of the year. You may encounter other recreation users, firewood cutters, loggers, and possibly hunters. You may want to consider wearing an article of brightly colored, highly visible clothing while walking in the woods. 

Helpful Cutting Tips

Tools you might want to consider bringing with you include a measuring tape to ensure you select a tree that fits in your home; handsaw to cut your tree; gloves to protect your hands; boots to protect your feet; a tarp to sit on and/or to move your tree once it's cut; and rope or straps to secure your tree to your vehicle.

Carry your tree carefully out of the woods. Dragging the tree will rub off needles and bark. 

If the tree is too big to transport inside of your vehicle, wrap it in canvas to prevent wind damage. 

Once home, cut the bottom of the trunk off and place the freshly cut trunk in a bucket of water. Replenish water as needed. 

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