Santa Fe National Forest offices and various vendors in Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Pecos, and Las Vegas will begin selling Christmas Tree cutting permits Nov. 25.
Trees may be cut between Nov.25 and Dec. 24. If you plan to cut your tree on Thanksgiving Day, please purchase your permit ahead of time, because all Forest Service offices will be closed Thanksgiving Day.
Cost is $10 per tree (up to 10 feet). For trees taller than 10 feet, an additional permit must be purchased. The tags are also good to dig up a living tree.
For Christmas tree maps, guidelines, Forest Service and vendor office hours, and holiday safety information, visit the Santa Fe National Forest website: http://www.fs.usda.gov/santafe/. Note that sale hours for Christmas tree permits may vary slightly at each district office.
Be prepared for winter weather – wet, muddy or snowy roads. Let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. Winter storms can occur suddenly. If one comes up, start heading home. As a minimum, we suggest you take the following items with you:
- Tire Chains
- Tow Chain
- First Aid Kit
- Warm clothing
- Full gas tank
- Matches or flares
Don’t rely on your cell phone as it may not work in many areas of the forest. We suggest you consider the Weather Ready Driving Safety Tips provided through the Weather Channel: http://www.weather.com/activities/driving/drivingsafety/drivingsafetytips/snow.html