Cut Your Own Christmas Tree

by Jackie Robles | December 3, 2019
Family Friendly Outdoor Adventure Nature & Recreation Winter Activities

Wander into the Black Hills National Forest and cut your own Christmas tree for this holiday season. What better way to create lasting memories with family and loved ones than picking out a tree together and taking it home.

To cut down a tree, you must first obtain a permit. Christmas Tree Permits are available until Christmas Eve. As you wander through the 12 million acres of the Black Hills National Forest, you will see Ponderosa Pine, Spruce and Juniper trees. A permit is required for each tree that is cut down and each permit costs $10. Fourth graders get a free tag as long as there is a fourth-grade voucher brought in at the time of purchase at Forest Service Offices only. There are two locations in which you are able to purchase Christmas Tree Permits in Spearfish:

Northern Hills Ranger District

2014 North Main Street

Spearfish, SD 57783

Phone: 605-642-4622

Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Minitman Two 

(accepts cash or check ONLY)

611 East Jackson Blvd.

Spearfish, SD 57783

Mon. – Sun. 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Each Permit is accompanied by a handout with guidance about appropriate tree removal. The maximum allowable height to cut trees is 20 feet and that you leave no more than six inches of stump when cutting it down. The cut, unused branches must be laid flat on the ground. The permit tag purchased must be attached to the tree before it is removed. Once you have arrived at home, place your tree in water as soon as possible to keep your tree and it’s needles fresh!

From all of us in Spearfish – have a wonderful holiday season!

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