Christmas Tree Permits Go on Sale Thursday, Nov 14

The Lincoln National Forest will begin selling Christmas Tree permits on Thursday, November 14 for $10.00 each. A limited number of permits will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. You may purchase one permit per household, and up to four permits for four separate households. The last day to purchase a permit is December 24.

To purchase a permit please visit one of our offices Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. excluding federal holidays. As an added convenience, all four Lincoln National Forest offices will also be open on Saturdays from November 30 to December 14 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Office Locations:

Supervisor’s Office: 3463 Las Palomas Rd. Alamogordo, NM, 575-434-7200

Smokey Bear District: 901 Mechem Dr. Ruidoso, NM, 575-257-4095

Sacramento District: 4 Lost Lodge Rd Cloudcroft, NM, 575-682-2551

Guadalupe District: 5203 Buena Vista Dr. Carlsbad, NM, 575-885-4181

With a permit, a tree may be cut in most areas within the Lincoln National Forest, except in a wilderness or designated closed area. A map and cutting guidelines will be provided when you purchase the permit to ensure you cut a tree only on the national forest and not on state land or private property.

Additionally, all fourth graders are eligible for a free Christmas tree permit through the Every Kid Outdoors Program. Fourth graders can visit any Forest Service office to receive a free fourth grade pass. When they present the pass or paper voucher with any accompanying parent or guardian, they can receive a free Christmas Tree permit. To learn more about the program, please visit