Christmas tree cutting permits for the Dixie Natio

Last modified on Nov 18, 2014

Holiday tradition for many includes cutting their own Christmas tree. Permits are now available for Christmas Tree cutting in the Dixie National Forest. Below are details and conditions for obtaining a permits the Duck Creek, Brian Head Ski Resort and Panguitch Lake areas of the Dixie National Forest.

General conditions for cutting trees in the national forests

Tree topping is not allowed

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.


Public safety precautions

The Forest Service reminds people to know the weather conditions and remember that weather conditions in the mountains are unpredictable and preparation for winter weather is advised.

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 approximate time you will return. Carry a cell phone; bring additional warm clothing, and 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.

  • Dixie National Forest | 435-865-3700 |permits available now

    • Cedar City Ranger District | 435-865-3700

      • Cedar City Ranger District office, Cedar City | 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday | 435-865-3700

      • 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.

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