Albuquerque Area Christmas Tree Farms and Forests

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Nothing conjures the holiday season like a fresh Christmas tree, and finding Christmas tree farms in Albuquerque or a place to cut your own live tree can create lasting memories. Visit an Albuquerque area spot to cut down your own Christmas tree from a nearby national forest, and start a memorable tradition with your family. Although getting out to cut down your own tree at a tree farm is no longer an option, it's still possible to cut one down, which helps manage the forest.


When going to get your tree, expect to make a day of it. You'll need to dress warmly and in layers, being aware that the temperatures get cooler in the forest. Bring shoes that will hold up to trudging through the forest floor. Boots or hiking shoes are a given. Pack a picnic lunch, snacks, and make sure your vehicle is one that can do a little off roading safely. Enjoy the day with hot chocolate and don't forget to bundle up!

Updated for 2016.

Santa Fe National Forest:

The Santa Fe National Forest offers tree cutting permits in the Jemez district starting November 21 until prior to Christmas, December 24. The Jemez area is close to Albuquerque and makes for a pleasant day's outing.

As part of the White House's "Every Kid in a Park" program, every fourth grader is eligible for a free holiday permit. The student must present a valid fourth grade pass. Once the pass is printed, it must be taken to a Santa Fe National Forest office.


Purchase a permit at the Walatowa Center or Jemez District office and travel to designated areas of the national forest to cut a tree. Trees are $10 per family for trees up to 10 feet; two tags for taller trees. Certain restrictions apply. If you plan to cut your tree on Thanksgiving, get your permit ahead of time, as the Forest offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day.

Jemez Pueblo Walatowa Visitor Center
State Highway 4
Jemez, NM
Christmas trees sales and cutting begin November 23. Cash and check only.

Open seven days a week from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; winter hours (Dec) 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(505) 438-5300.
Jemez Ranger District

Other places to purchase Christmas tree permits include the Forest Headquarters in Santa Fe and at Ranger Stations in Coyote, Cuba, Espanola, and Pecos/Las Vegas, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Permits are also available at REI in Santa Fe, the Los Alamos Historical Museum, Phillips 66/Cuba Grill in Cuba, Pancho's in Pecos, Griegos Market in Pecos, and Laguna Quik Stop in Las Vegas.

Find out about cutting trees in the Santa Fe National Forest.

Cibola National Forest:

Tree cutting permits will be available so trees may be cut between November 24 and December 24. Purchase a permit and travel to a designated area to cut your tree. Certain restrictions apply. Permits are $10 for trees up to 10 feet, with $1 additional per foot over 10 feet. Permits are limited to one per household.

Christmas tree cutting will be allowed in the Mount Taylor and Magdalena districts for 2016.
Maps can be downloaded for the Magdalena District and the Mount Taylor district.

Cibola National Forest
2113 Osuna Road NE
Albuquerque, NM
(505) 346-3900
Cibola National Forest

Christmas tree permits can also be purchased at:

Magdalena Ranger District, Mt. Taylor Ranger District, Northwest New Mexico Visitor Center in Grants, and Wingate Workcenter.

Carson National Forest:

Tree cutting permits will be available November 21 at the Taos Supervisor's office and in local district offices. Permits are $5 for trees 10 feet and under, $10 for trees 10 feet 1 inch to 15 feet, and $15 dollars for trees 15 feet and one inch up to 20 feet. No more than three trees per person. You can also dig your own tree.

Carson National Forest
208 Cruz Alta Road
Taos, NM
(505) 758-6200
Carson National Forest

Other offices where permits can be purchased include Canjilon, El Rito, Jicarilla, Camino Real, Tres Piedras and Questa Ranger Districts.

No matter where you decide to cut down your tree, be sure to be aware of weather conditions, dress appropriately, and use a vehicle that can navigate the terrain.