Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on the Santa Fe National Forest (SFNF) are available for purchase beginning Monday, Nov. 19 at SFNF Headquarters, all SFNF Ranger District offices, and select third-party vendors.
As part of the “Every Kid in a Park” initiative, every fourth grader is eligible for a free Christmas tree permit.
In order to redeem the free permit, the student must present a valid fourth-grade pass, downloadable at www.everykidinapark.gov. Once the pass is printed, the fourth grader must be accompanied by a parent or guardian over the age of 18 to pick up the permit from the SFNF office of choice. The free permits can only be acquired at an SFNF office.
The nonrefundable Christmas tree permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for 10 dollars by check, credit/debit card, or cash through Saturday, Dec. 24. Permit purchasers will receive a tree tag, map, and guidelines for harvesting a tree.
One tag is valid for a tree up to five inches in diameter and 10 feet in height. Trees taller than 10 feet and/or wider than five inches require an additional tag. For example, a 15-foot tree requires two tags. The Santa Fe National Forest has a three-tag limit per person.
Permit holders should be prepared for unpredictable weather changes and colder conditions at higher elevations. USDA Forest Service staff may be in the cutting areas to check permits and answer questions. Permit holders are asked to practice good stewardship.
Christmas tree permits purchased at an SFNF office or authorized vendor are valid only on land within SFNF boundaries. Tree cutting is prohibited within 300 feet of streams, rivers and paved roads, and in all recreation camp areas, as well as congressionally designated wilderness areas.
The public may purchase Christmas tree permits at any SFNF office during nnormal business hours. Offices will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12 for Veterans Day and on Thursday, Nov. 22 for Thanksgiving Day. Since vendors will receive a limited number of permits, call in advance to check availability.
|FOREST SERVICE OFFICE||TELEPHONE||PERMIT SALES HOURS
|Coyote Ranger Station
|(575) 638-5526||Mon-Fri: 8am-12pm, 12:30-4pm|
|Cuba Ranger Station
|(575) 289-3264||Mon-Fri: 8am-12pm, 12:30-4pm|
|Jemez Ranger Station
Jemez Springs, NM
|(575) 829-3535||Mon-Fri: 8am-4:30pm
|Pecos Ranger Station
|(505) 757-6121||Mon-Fri: 8am-12pm, 12:30-4:30pm
No sales after 3 pm on Wednesdays
|Las Vegas Ranger Station||(505) 425-3534||Mon-Fri: 8am-12pm, 12:30-4:30pm
No sales after 3pm on Wednesdays
|Española Ranger Station
|(505) 753-7331||Mon-Fri: 8am-12pm, 12:30-4pm|
|(505) 438-5300||Mon-Fri: 8am-4pm|
|OTHER VENDORS||TELEPHONE||HOLIDAY BUSINESS HOURS
|(505)983-5155||Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6pm|
|Los Alamos Historical Museum
Fuller Lodge Lobby
|(505) 695-5250||Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm|
6454 Main Street (US Hwy 550)
|Pueblo of Jemez Welcome Center||(575) 834-7235||Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Cash or check only – no credit cards
|Pancho’s Minute Men Shell Station
|(505) 757-2620||Mon-Fri: 6am-9:30pm
|Laguna Vista Quick-Stop
167 Hwy. 518
|(505) 425-7706||Mon-Fri: 6am-7pm
Thanksgiving Day: 7-11am