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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 Southeastern 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! Help me keep this page complete and up to date, by reporting any corrections needed or suggesting farms to add!

My Christmas Tree guide has photos and descriptions of more than 2 dozen varieties of Christmas trees, along with a simple comparison chart!

And beware the copycat websites - from Mommy-bloggers to out-and-out plagiarists, they simply copy my work and rarely update; they are just out to make a quick buck. Since 2004, I've made updates and corrections every day!

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Pandemic Tips:

  • Keep in mind that state government COVID dictates may force many farms to cancel Santa visits, hayrides, etc. this year. 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 or have COVID-19 requirements - 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 Southeastern 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!

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Updates for January 2021

January 2021: In a normal year, most Christmas tree farms are open up to Christmas Eve; but this year many farms are selling out of trees and closing early for the season, and some decided not to open at all, due to all the COVID19 restrictions. Some are only open on weekends, or only have hayrides, Santa visits and events on weekends.  Demand will be high since people have been locked down and not allowed to do much - but you CAN go to farms. And a farm may be the only place you can take your kids to see Santa. Of course, check with the farm BEFORE YOU GO!

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Christmas tree farms, lots and activities, sorted by county

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Chaves County

Curry County

DeBaca County

Eddy County

  • Christmas on the Pecos - No Christmas trees for sale, but they do offer Boat rides on the Pecos to see the Christmas lights
    Carlsbad, NM 88220. Phone: (505) 887-6516. Email: . Tickets will go on sale September 1st. Click here for their ticket pricing page. Christmas on the Pecos River is a 50-minute tour that sets sail 12-15 times per night between 5:30 pm and 9:30 pm from Thanksgiving night to New Year's Eve. Tours depart from the Pecos River Village, a quaint, turn-of-the-century park that is transformed into a wonderland of sparkling lights and delights. Wander through a gallery full of gifts created by local artists and enjoy holiday refreshments at the Pecos River Village before and after your tour. Traditionally tours sell out quickly, especially on Thanksgiving Weekend, Fridays and Saturdays in December, and Christmas Day. (Tours are not offered on Christmas Eve.) The event has grown steadily over the years with participation increasing from 7,500 guests in 1994 to 10,500 guests in 1995 and over 16,800 in 2006 and continues to grow each year.
    Comments from a visitor on September 10, 2008:
    "Carlsbad has a wonderful holiday get away- Christmas on the Pecos- it runs Thansgiving through New Years- The homes along the Pecos river are decorated and lit in the holiday lights, there are boat trips that you can ride and it is such a beautiful site. you can call ahead and get tickets from the carlsbad chamber of commerce"

Lea County

Lincoln County

Otero County

  • 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:New Mexico Lincoln National Forest
    Supervisor's Office
    8 am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday
    9 am to 2:30pm Saturday
    Smokey Bear District
    8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday
    9 am to 2:30pm Saturday
    Sacramento District
    8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday
    9 am to 2:30pm Saturday
    Guadalupe District
    8 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday
    9 am to 2:30pm Saturday
    Any 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
    - Wal Mart Stores - Alamogordo, Carlsbad, and Ruidoso Downs (customer service department)
    - Smokey Bear Historical State Park - Capitan
    - Queen Store - Queen
    For 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 am to 4:30 pm. 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 December 23.
    The Santa Fe National Forest Supervisor's Office hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
    Coyote, Jemez, Espanola, and Pecos/Las Vegas Ranger Districts hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
    Cuba Ranger District hours of operation are Monday through Saturday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
    Walatowa Visitor Center Christmas tree sales are Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
    Espanola Ranger District satellite office at Los Alamos hours of operation are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 12:30 pm to 4:30 pm
    Vendors in Pecos selling Christmas tree permits:
    Shell Gas Station Adelo's Convenient Store Pecos Canyon station Griego's Market
    The 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
    State Highway 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.
    See the 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
    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 am to 4 pm; permits will be issued until December 24.
  • Magdalena Ranger District
    • Magdalena Ranger District Office, 203 1st Street, Magdalena, NM. Phone: 575.854.2281.
      Hours: Weekdays 8 am to noon and 12:30 pm to 4 pm; permits will be issued until December 24.
    Mt. Taylor Ranger District
    • Mt. Taylor Ranger District Office, 1800 Lobo Canyon Road, Grants, NM. Phone: 505.287.8833. Hours: Weekdays 8 am to noon and 1 pm to 4 pm; permits will be issued until December 24.
    Fort Wingate
    • 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 pm to 6 pm and Saturday 8 am to 4 pm; permits will be issued until December 21.
  • Carson National Forest - 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 late November 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
  • Gila National 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.

Roosevelt County


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