Whether you want to cut your own tree, pick a live tree and have it cut for you, buy a tree already cut or buy a living tree you can plant, this page provides detailed listings of Northwestern New Mexico's
choose-and-cut Christmas tree farms, places to buy pre-cut (also called pre-harvested and fresh-cut) trees, stands, sleigh rides,
hay rides and related winter events and fun. Some listings are for tree farms, others are tree lots, and some only offer hay rides, sleigh rides or other winter events. READ EACH LISTING to know what each facility offers. The farms are listed further down this page, so scroll down the page! Since this service is free and open to ALL Christmas tree farms, not just those who belong to an association or pay for an ad, like almost all other websites do, this is the most complete and current listing available! I'm always looking for more to add, and to correct any inaccuracies or errors, so if you encounter any,
please email me
! And beware the copycat websites - from Monny-bloggers to out-and-out plagiarists, they simply copy my work; they are
just out to make a quick buck. Since 2004, I am make updates and corrections every day! (let me know if you see
If it has just snowed; see
this page about how to make snocones from real snow!
Your kids will love it!
- If the name of the farm is blue with an underline; that's a link to their website. Click on it for the most current hours and information.
- ALWAYS call the farm or store BEFORE YOU GO
- many farms and lots are selling out of trees early this year - Call to confirm their supply, their hours
and whether they have trees, are allowing choose-and-cut or just precut trees; and which attractions or winter activities are available.
All three can change during the short Christmas season, due to weather, demand and the farmer's business conditions! Farms get sold, shut down or run out of trees, and they don't all update me every day, let alone every year. For
more tips to make your trip fun and successful, click here
DON'T DRIVE OUT THERE IF YOU CAN'T REACH THEM (by phone, email or find current information on their website or Facebook page!
- And please tell the farmer you visit in Northwestern New Mexico that you found their farm
here! I need the farmers to realize that you found them here so that they will keep their information up to date!
- After Christmas, click here to find how
how and where to easily recycle or dispose of your Christmas tree!
And to recycle used, broken or old Christmas lights and electronics
See this page for local options to easily recycle your Christmas holiday lights
And if you know of one I missed and want to add it or correct the
information, please let me know! There are affiliate links on this page. Read our disclosure policy to learn more.
Updates for July 2020
July 2020: Most Christmas tree farms open on the Friday right after Thanksgiving (Black Friday, Nov 29, 2019) and are open up to Christmas Eve.Some are only open on weekends, or only have
hayrides, Santa visits and events on weekends. A few open Saturday Nov 23rd.
And next Spring, you'll want to take your children to a free Easter egg hunt
see our companion website to find a local Easter Egg hunt - (www.EasterEggHuntsAndEasterEvents.org)
. It's the ONLY website that is updated every Easter for all Easter Egg hunts in
Christmas tree farms, lots and activities, sorted by county
Click on Resources above, if you need a county map
There are no Christmas tree farms in this area, but you can cut a
tree in a national forest - with a permit! Most are in Otero County. See below:
Christmas tree permits will be available over the counter at many
Forest Service offices. Supplies are limited. Since not all offices
offer Christmas tree permits, and some offices may be sold out, call
ahead for more details and to be sure the local office responsible for
the area in which you are interested offers permits, and still has them
Carson- Permits for cutting Christmas trees on the
Carson National Forest will be available starting Monday, in
Cibola- Christmas Tree Permit Sales begin November
Magdalena Ranger District: 575-854-2281
Supervisors Office: 505-346-3900
Gila-Permits for cutting Christmas trees on the
Gila National Forest will again be available at all ranger district
offices starting Monday, in mid-November.
Lincoln- Permits go on sale begining Tuesday,
November 13th (while offices are open for business and permits are
Santa Fe-Permits to cut your own Christmas tree on
the Santa Fe National Forest go on sale Monday, in mid-November, at Forest
Headquarters, all Ranger
District offices and select third-party
Detailed information below
- Lincoln National Forest
cut your own Christmas trees
3463 Las Palomas Road, Alamogordo, NM 88310. Phone: (575) 257-4095. Open: Lincoln National Forest Christmas tree
permits will be available from mid-November to Dec 24 on Monday-Friday 8 am to 4 pm at any of our offices. We
will also be open on the three Saturdays after Thanksgiving until mid-December from 9 am to 2:30 pm. Permits are
$10. Limit 1 permit per household; however you can purchase a permit for up to four other families.
Christmas Tree Cutting Areas: You may cut a tree with a permit anywhere within the Lincoln National Forest,,
except in wilderness areas or in temporarily closed areas. Cutting on private, state or other lands is strictly
prohibited. Office Hours:
8 am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday
9 am to
Smokey Bear District
8 am to 4 pm
Monday to Friday
9 am to 2:30pm Saturday
8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday
9 am to 2:30pm Saturday
8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday
9 am to 2:30pm Saturday
live evergreen tree up to ten feet in height can be cut down or dug-up,
in the Smokey Bear, Sacramento, or Guadalupe Ranger Districts as
designated by a map accompanying the permit. You may also purchase a permit
at the following locations:
- All Lincoln National Forest
Offices - Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, Ruidoso, and Carlsbad
- Chamber of
Commerce Offices - Alamogordo, Cloudcroft, Ruidoso and Roswell
Mart Stores - Alamogordo, Carlsbad, and
Ruidoso Downs (customer service department)
- Smokey Bear Historical
State Park - Capitan
- Queen Store - Queen
more information on the Christmas Tree program, contact the Smokey Bear
Ranger District Office at (575) 257-4095, Sacramento Ranger District
Office at (575) 682-2551, Guadalupe Ranger District Office at (575)
885-4181, and the Supervisor's Office at (575) 434-7200.
The Santa Fe National Forest Jemez District
cut your own Christmas trees, check this year's news releases see the
2019 Santa Fe Christmas Tree
guidelines here. Permits are usually available from the end of November until Christmas Eve. The
nonrefundable permits are for personal use only and may be purchased for $10 by check, credit/debit card or
cash at Ranger Stations and vendors that have permits to sell. Permit purchasers receive a tree tag, map and
guidelines for harvesting a tree. One tag is valid for a tree up to five inches in diameter and 10 feet in
height. Trees taller than 10 feet and/or wider than five inches require an additional tag. For example, a
15-foot tree requires two tags. The Santa Fe National Forest has a three-tag limit per person. Purchase permits
at the Walatowa Center or Jemez District office Monday to Friday from
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. Then go to the designated areas of the national
forest to cut your tree. Cutting can only begin on or after Thanksgiving. Christmas
tree permits on the Santa Fe National Forest may be purchased at
Forest Service offices and at the vendors listed below through
The Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor's
Office hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m.
Coyote, Jemez, Espanola, and Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger
Districts hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00
a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Cuba Ranger District hours of operation are Monday through
Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Walatowa Visitor Center Christmas tree sales are Friday, Saturday,
Sunday, and Monday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m. to
Espanola Ranger District satellite office at Los Alamos
hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from
8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Pecos selling Christmas tree permits:
Shell Gas Station Adelo's
Convenient Store Pecos Canyon station Griego's Market
Christmas tree permit authorizes the permit holder to cut down or
dig up any live evergreen tree up to 10 feet in height as designated
by an issued map accompanying the permit.
Jemez Ranger District Jemez Pueblo Walatowa Visitor Center
- cut your own Christmas trees
4, Jemez, NM. Phone: (505) 438-5300. Open: 7 days a week from 8 am
to 5 pm;
December hours are 10 am to 4 pm.
Jemez Ranger District Christmas Tree Area Map here.
See the Cuba Range Jemez National Forest Christmas tree area map here.
Cibola National Forest
cut your own Christmas trees
Magdalena Ranger District
2113 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque, NM. Phone: (505) 346-3900.
Tree cutting is available for the holiday season beginning
mid-November. You must buy a permit first, then go to the designated area to
cut your tree. Trees may be cut in either the Magdalena Ranger District or Mt Taylor Ranger District between
November 28 and December 24, 2019. The cost is $10 per tree for trees up to 10 feet or free if your 4th grader
has a Every Kid Outdoor pass. Trees taller than 10 feet, up to the maximum of 15 feet, will cost an additional
$1.00 per foot. The permit may also be used to dig up a living tree. Conifer species such as Pinon and Juniper,
Douglas Fir, Ponderosa Pine, Blue Spruce, Engelmann Spruce, and Sub-alpine Fir may be cut from designated areas
only. Maps and permit purchase information can be downloaded from the
Cibola Christmas Tree information page
. Christmas Tree permit tags may be purchased at the following locations:
Cibola National Forest and
National Grasslands Supervisor's Office
- 2113 Osuna Road. NE; Albuquerque, NM. Phone: 505.346.3900. Hours: Weekdays 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; permits
will be issued until December 24.
Mt. Taylor Ranger District
- Magdalena Ranger District Office, 203 1st Street, Magdalena, NM. Phone: 575.854.2281.
8:00 am to noon and 12:30 pm to 4:00 pm; permits will be issued until December 24.
- Mt. Taylor Ranger District Office, 1800 Lobo Canyon Road, Grants, NM. Phone: 505.287.8833. Hours:
Weekdays 8:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm; permits will be issued until December 24.
- Wingate Work Center, located on Painted Horse Trail in Fort Wingate, NM. Fort Wingate is off NM400 at
exit 33 on I-40. Hours: Tuesdays and Fridays 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm and Saturday 8:00 am to 4:00 pm; permits
will be issued until December 21.
- Permits sold beginning mid-November at the Supervisor's Office in Taos.
Local district offices will begin selling them usually beginning the Monday before Thanksgiving in November, call the local office before you go to purchase one.Prices are $5 dollars for trees 10 feet and under; $10 dollars for
trees from 10 feet 1 inch to 15 feet and $15 dollars for trees between
15 feet 1 inch up to 20 feet. No more than three tree permits will be issued per household. El Rito Ranger Station will be open on Saturdays beginning
until mid-December from 8 am to 1 pm. You may either cut or dig up your tree. Permits can be
purchased at the Supervisor's Office in Taos and all ranger district offices in Peñasco, Questa, Tres Piedras,
El Rito, Canjilon and Bloomfield. Please be aware that office hours and availability of personnel with the
authority to sell permits may vary at each office. Call ahead to the office you plan on visting to confirm if
permit sales are available. All offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. To protect forest resources, tree
cutting activities are not allowed within wilderness areas, or within 100 feet of forest roads, state highways,
stream and rivers, and any campground or trail.
Carson National Forest Personal Use Christmas Tree Tag Information and Regulations. Weather conditions can change quickly, we recommend a
4-wheel drive vehicle or chains. We also recommend taking the following equipment: extra clothing, food and
water, tire chains, extra gas, shovel, axe and tow rope..
- Supervisor's Office (Taos) 575-758-6200
- Canjilon Ranger District 575-684-2489
- El Rito Ranger District 575-581-4554
- Jicarilla Ranger District (Bloomfield) 505-632-2956
- Camino Real Ranger District (Peñasco) 575-587-2255
- Tres Piedras Ranger District 575-758-8678
- Questa Ranger District 575-586-0520
Forest - Christmas trees permits will be available at all Ranger District offices (open Monday through
Friday) usually from mid-November until Christmas Eve. A permit is required for each tree cut and removed from
National Forest System land. The pinon tree permit is free; any other species are $5.00 per tree.
Non-traditional holiday season trees (century plant, agave, and yucca stalks) may be obtained with a Decorative
Material permit. Limit
of one permit per household. . Permits include the tree
tag, an information sheet on cutting regulations, and maps of the designated
cutting areas. Tree cutting is not allowed within wilderness areas, river and
stream area and within 200 feet of paved roads and developed recreation sites.
Rio Arriba County
San Juan County
Note: all of the listings for this area are on one page. Clicking on the map
takes you to the page of all listings for this state.