PHOENIX –The Tonto National Forest will sell Christmas tree permits starting on Thursday, November 20. Permits will be available at the Mesa and Payson Ranger Districts and the Tonto Supervisors Office Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. The Pleasant Valley Ranger District will be open for permit sales on Thursdays and Fridays, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm. In addition, the Payson Ranger District will be open on Saturdays from 8:00 am to noon, from November 22 to December 20. It is important to note that Tonto National Forest Christmas tree permits will not be sold at Big 5 Sporting Goods stores this year.
Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis until they are gone and can be purchased with cash, check, or credit card. Customers will be provided a map that shows the designated cutting areas along with additional Christmas tree cutting instructions. The permit will allow the holder to cut a tree within a designated area between the dates of November 22 through December 24.
Rules for Christmas tree permits
- Each Christmas tree permit is $15 and allows permit holders to cut a tree up to10 feet tall;
- One tree per household. One person may purchase up to four permits for other families, not living in the household;
- Permits are for personal us only;
- Trees must be cut within designated cutting areas;
- Trees may be cut until December 24;
- Trees must be under 10 feet tall; and
- No refunds onChristmas tree permits.
To help keep your tree fresh, cut two inches from the bottom of your tree when you get home and place it in water. Keep your tree watered and in a shady spot until you are ready to move it into the house. Another helpful hint is to bring an old tarp to wrap your tree in. Then when you drag your tree out of the forest, the tarp protects the tree and helps you avoid breaking branches. The tarp can also help avoid wind damage on the way home.
For more information on Christmas tree permits on the Tonto National Forest, please call the Payson Ranger District at (928) 474-7900.