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Christmas Trees

Permits for pinyon pine and juniper Christmas Trees are issued each year beginning about November 1. Both personal-use and commercial permits are available. Forestry Map

  • Trees can be harvested anywhere on BLM lands.
  • Limit to two permits per household.
  • Tree species which can be harvested are pinyon pine (single and double leaf), Utah juniper and white fir.
  • Trees must be cut as close to the ground surface as possible.  Stump height must not exceed 6 inches.
  • Tree must be tagged at the location of harvest and the tag must remain on the tree until point of use.

Pinyon PinePinyon Pine

  • Mature trees average 25 feet high.
  • Double needle pinyon needles are 1 to 1 1/3 inches long, in clusters of two.  Single leaf pinyon needles are 1 to 2 inches long.
  • Needles feel “sharp” to the touch.
  • Found in elevations between 5,000 and 8,500 feet.  Usually found with Utah juniper.

Utah JuniperUtah Juniper

  • Mature trees average 20 feet high.
  • Needles are 1/8-inch in length, scale like in opposite pairs.
  • Needles feel “soft” to the touch.
  • Trees are usually bushy with rounded crown and a trunk that is forked occasionally with a central dominant trunk.
  • Found in elevations between 5,000 and 8,000 feet.  Usually found with pinyon pine.

White Fir 

  • Mature trees average 70 feet high.
  • Needles 2 to 3 inches long, silvery-blue to silvery-green arranged in rows on either side of the twig, flattened with rounded blunt tip.
  • Needles are soft and exude a citrus smell when crushed.
  • Trees are typically single-stemmed with a somewhat pointed crown.
  • Found at elevations above 7,000 feet.
  • CAUTION:  can be confused with Douglas-fir (which is typically more of a yellow-green and does not smell like citrus when the needles are crushed).

Notify friends or relatives where you intend to go, route of travel, make and model of vehicle, license plate number and when to expect you back.

  • Be prepared for cold, wet weather and muddy or snowy roads.
  • Check with your local news media for weather conditions in the area of travel.
  • Remember, winter storms can occur suddenly.  If one comes up, start home soon.  If you get caught in a storm, be cautious and stay on main roads, avoid short cuts.  To prevent hypothermia, stay dry, avoid overexertion.  Beware of the wind.  A slight breeze carries heat away from bare skin much faster than still air.  Carry snacks and eat them.
  • If you get stranded, stay with your party and vehicle.  Help will be on the way as soon as possible.
  • Keep a window open while using car heaters.
  • Plan to leave the cutting area before 5:00 p.m.