Christmas Tradition-Cutting Christmas Trees

Last modified on Nov 14, 2015

Cutting a Family Christmas tree is a tradition for many Families. Christmas Tree Permits are now available within the Dixie National Forest for the Duck Creek, Panguitch Lake and Brian Head Ski Resort areas.

General conditions for cutting trees in the national forest

Trees must always be cut close to the ground, leaving the stump no higher than 6 inches. A shovel will come in handy to dig through the snow to reach the base of the tree. Make sure your permit is attached to the tree before leaving the cutting area. Tree topping is not allowed.

No cutting is allowed within 200 feet of riparian areas (lakes and streams), roads, campgrounds, picnic areas, administrative sites, summer home areas or within designated closed areas shown on tree cutting area maps.

Other conditions apply as specified below along with locations to purchase Christmas tree cutting permits.

Dixie National Forest | 435-865-3700 | permits available Nov. 9

  • Cedar City Ranger District | 435-865-3700

    • Cedar City Ranger District office, Cedar City | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday

    • Hurst Ace Hardware Store, Cedar City

    • Conditions: Permits are $10 for a tree up to 10 feet and $20 for a tree 11-20 feet; one permit per household and two trees maximum | The only species of trees that can be cut are sub-alpine fir, white fir and pinyon pine

  • Escalante Ranger District | 435-826-5400

    • Escalante Ranger District office, Escalante | 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

    • Antimony Merc, Antimony | 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Sunday | 435-624-3253

    • Other permit vendors may apply, call the ranger district office

    • Conditions: $10, one permit per household, one tree only | All species of tree may be cut, except bristlecone pine

  • Powell Ranger District 435-676-9300

    • Powell Ranger District office, Panguitch | 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday

    • Conditions: $10 for a tree up to 10 feet and $20 for a tree 11-20 feet | All species of trees can be cut, except bristlecone pine

  • St. George Public Lands Information Center | 435-688-3200 | Available Nov. 9

    • Visitor Center, St. George | 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays

    • Veyo Mercantile, Veyo | 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday

    • Conditions: $10, Pinyon pine and juniper are the only species of trees that may be cut | One individual may purchase up to five tags

Safety Precautions to Follow For a Safe and Fun Family Outing- the Forest Service recommends to stay updated on weather conditions. Weather is known to change in the mountains and are unpredictable. Those traveling the mountain roads are cautioned to prepare for winter weather.

Stay on designated roads and trails. Be prepared for slick, snow-packed roads and have chains, a 4-wheel drive vehicle or a snow machine available. Let someone know where you are planning to go and the approximate time you will return. Carry a cell phone; bring additional warm clothing, as well as gloves, boots and a container of hot liquid, water and a lunch or snack. Carry a flashlight, chains, shovel, first-aid kit, matches, a hatchet, ax or handsaw and rope to secure your tree.

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