Cut Your Own White Mountains Christmas Tree!
The 2009 Capitol Christmas Tree
Arizona's White Mountains
The White Mountains is where the holidays kick-off! In fact, the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests located in northeastern Arizona provided the United States Capitol with the 2009 Christmas Tree. Taller than a seven story building, the majestic tree was one of the tallest Christmas trees to ever grace the Capitol lawn in Washington, DC. Today, Arizonans can find their own holiday tree in the White Mountains.
The Forest Service, along with Big 5 Sporting Goods is now selling Christmas Tree Permits. Each permit is only $15 which allows one household, for personal use only, to cut their own tree up to 10 feet tall. Tree cutting is designated in specific areas and trees may be cut up until December 24, 2013. But the permits are limited to only about 7,000. All permits are sold on a first come â€“ first serve basis and they will sell out.
Purchase Christmas tree cutting permits at any Forest Service office or Big 5 Sporting Goods. For more information call the Christmas Tree permit hotline 928-333-6267 or visit the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forests web site: www.fs.usda.gov/asnf.
The Communities of The White Mountains
Show Low, Pinetop-Lakeside, Snowflake, Taylor, Navajo County and the White Mountain Apache Tribe welcome you to the recreation wonderland known as Arizona's White Mountains. Here, you'll find a wealth of recreational opportunities that await you. The largest stand of ponderosa pine graces this region of northeastern Arizona. Fishing, hunting and camping are plentiful throughout the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest, Arizona State Parks, and the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.
From the quiet, cool beauty of our mountain air, to the rich cultures of our communities, there's always something for every member of the family. Take a trip to the White Mountains and experience a four seasons, cool mountain air, crystal-clear streams and lakes, as well as stunning vistas. Ski, tube or sled down snow-covered hills and then get warm by a fire in one of the area's lodges, hotels or resorts. Shop for antiques, tour the historic pioneer homes, visit local and Native American artisans or catch the thrill of casino gaming and big-name entertainment.
Arizona's White Mountains is the real West filled with storied pioneers, hard-working ranchers and authentic tribal people. Join us and discover True Arizona!