Christmas trees in Southern UtahIt’s time for everyone around St. George and other Southern Utah areas to turn off the IPAD, get off the sofa, load the children into the car and get to chopping trees in Southern Utah’s Dixie National Forest. You and your family can take a walk in the woods to find the perfect tree for Christmas. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to plan an outing to find the perfect Christmas tree for your holiday season. However, there is still time if you have not done it yet.

You can purchase a permit for $10 to $20 dollars depending on the height of your tree. Trees under ten feet are $10 and over 10 feet are $20. This fee goes directly back into a local fund that directly benefits recreation users of the Dixie National Forest.

Permits are available at the Dixie National Forest Offices for the following areas:

St. George

Cedar City

Panguitch

Escalante

Ace Hardware

Cedar City

Boulder Exchange

Boulder Clark’s Market

Cottam’s Canyon Country

When you are ready to find that perfect Christmas tree for your family, keep in mind alternative routes to access Cedar Mountain due to the closing of SR-14. Dixie National Forest can be accessed through Parowan and Utah’s Patchwork Parkway – Scenic Byway 143. The upper portion of SR-14 is still accessible through Mammoth Creek Road. Or, you can take Highway 143 which connects with US-89.

A few suggestions and ideas to keep-in-mind for maximizing your journey to find the perfect tree include taking the time to take in the scenery. You’ll find views and vistas at every turn and lots of winter activities including cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and guided snowmobile excursions at the higher elevations.

For additional information about permits for cutting your very own tree, you can call 435-865-3700 or visit your local Forest Service office.

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