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You can pick up tonto tags at the office at 24th street and mcdowell

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Here is a little mor einfo on it for you.


The Tonto National Forest will be selling a limited number of Christmas tree permits to the public beginning at 8:00 a.m., Monday, November 18, 2019. 

There will be a total of 3500 permits available at $15 each, which can be paid for by cash, credit card or personal check over-the-counter (sorry, no phone or mail orders will be accepted).  Payments in cash (exact change) are preferred to keep the lines moving.  One tree per household.  One person may purchase up to four permits for other families not living in the household.  These permits are for personal use only. 

Permits are first-come, first-served until sold out, and will be sold at the following locations: 

  • 450 permit at the Cave Creek Ranger Station: (480) 595-3300 

  • 1025 permits at the Mesa Ranger Station: (480) 610- 3300 

  • 1025 permits at the Payson Ranger Station: (928) 474-7900.  The office will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 23, November 30, December 7, December 14, and December 21, 2019, as long as there are permits available. 

  • 1000 permits at the Tonto Supervisor’s Office:  (602) 225-5200 

Please note that the number of permits available will change day-to-day and will not be updated on this web page, so call the location you are planning to purchase from to check how many permits they have available. 

Trees must be cut within the designated cutting areas.  A map of the cutting area will be provided with the permit.  Trees may be cut from November 23 to December 24.  There are no refunds on Christmas tree permits. 

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It was on Tonto's page. Here is the info from Apache Sitgreaves. They are a little more difficult.

Christmas Tree Permits

It’s that time of year again! All districts on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests are selling Christmas Tree Permits. A permit may be obtained from any of the district offices on the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests or by mail. The cost of one Christmas Tree Permit is $15.00.

To purchase a Christmas tree permit by mail, please include a check or money order and a self-addressed stamped envelope. If purchasing one permit, please place one .55 cent stamp on the return envelope. For each additional permit, please add an additional .55 cent stamp to your return envelope and send to the desired district office.

Make the check or money order payable to USDA Forest Service.

Please carry the permit and place the tree tag on the tree as soon as it has been cut. Please cut only the tree species specified on the permit and only cut in the area designated on the permit and map. The sale of Christmas tree permits began October 15 and ends December 24. There are no refunds.

An armload of green branches for decorations may be taken along with your tree as part of this permit. These may be found where timber has recently been logged. Also, feel welcome to pick up pine cones for decorations. Please see district office addresses below.


Alpine Ranger District, Attention: Front Desk

P.O. Box 469, Alpine AZ 85920

Phone number: (928) 339-4323

Alpine Christmas Tree Cutting Area Map


Black Mesa Ranger District, Attention: Front Desk

P.O. Box 968, Overgaard, AZ 85933

Phone number: (928) 535-5972

Black Mesa Christmas Tree Cutting Area Map


Clifton Ranger District, Attention: Front Desk

397240 AZ 75, Duncan, AZ 85534

Phone number: (928) 687-8600

Clifton Ranger District Christmas Tree Cutting Area Map


Lakeside Ranger District, Attention: Front Desk

2022 West White Mountain Blvd, Lakeside AZ 85929

Phone number: (928) 368-6476

Lakeside Ranger District Christmas Tree Cutting Area Map


Springerville Ranger District, Attention: Front Desk

P.O. Box 760, Springerville AZ 85938

Phone number: (928) 333-6200

Springerville Christmas Tree Cutting Area Map

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Who has the info on a good spot to cut trees in tonto? Preferably some place not all the way on the far borders of the tonto? 

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I went to the ranger station off of higley... I'd call and check for availability first.  The gentleman that helped me said they were somewhere in the neighborhood of 400 tags opening morning.  I went at lunch to get mine/ours,  and there was a line out the door. 


this year, the tree cutting area is below the rim... which stinks... seen a lot of great looking trees on my buddy's elk hunt, in 4 a

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