Christmas tree permit information is starting to show up on national forest websites. Arizona has listed five national forests where, in 2011, you can get a permit to cut your own Christmas tree. Generally, the permits are available from private vendors, but four of the five forests will also sell over the counter in some, not all, of their offices.
Christmas tree permits in Arizona available from October 13, 2011
The Christmas tree permits in Arizona cost $15 and go on sale at private vendors from October 13, 2011, and at designated Forest Service offices from mid-November. Only one permit is allowed per household and you must go to a designated Christmas tree-cutting area. The official map has not been published yet but the list of vendors has been created, albeit without information on which vendor sells which Christmas tree permits.
Most major Arizona cities have at least one outlet, and RV Boondockers should be able to get a permit in Yuma when it’s time from an unspecified vendor at 505 Catalina Dr, Yuma; call 928-726-2884 .
Cut your own Christmas tree in Arizona after November 19
You have between November 19 and December 25 to cut your tree; if you’re an RVing boondocker, you might want to use a toad since snow is likely at those times. On the other hand, it’s nice to have a small Christmas tree, especially if you’re going to stay in an LTVA or other long-term accommodations for the winter. A tree-cutting event is also a chance to get together with stick-house friends and family for the day.
Since only a limited number of Christmas tree permits are issued for each cutting area, you can call the 24-hour Christmas Tree hotline on 928-333-6267 to check availability. Forests where you’ll be able to get over-the-counter Christmas tree permits are listed below
Contact numbers for over-the-counter Christmas tree permits in Arizona (from mid-November)
- Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest: 928-333-6200
- Coconino National Forest: 928-527-3600
- Kaibab National Forest: 928-635-5600
- Prescott National Forest: 928-443-8000
An educated guess, based on the official vendor list of available tree-cutting areas, suggests that the fifth cut-you-own Christmas tree option this year will be Tonto National Forest.
If you want to cut your own Christmas tree in Arizona this winter, keep an eye on the websites of those forests listed above for more information about the 2011 Arizona Christmas tree permits season.
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Sources and further reading:
- Christmas tree permits Arizona official vendors
- Cut your own Christmas tree in Arizona official page
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