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Christmas Tree Permits & Tree Lots in Reno, Sparks, and Carson City

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! If your family is looking for information on Christmas tree-cutting permits or tree lots in Reno, Sparks, and Carson City you’ve come to the right place! You have several locations to choose from when it comes to your Christmas tree cutting!

We are sharing everything you need to know about cutting permits and tree lots in Reno below!

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So you want a nice fresh-cut tree but don’t want to actually go cut it yourself? Here are some local tree lots in Reno, Sparks, and surrounding areas.

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Top Notch Christmas Tree Co | 10% Off – updating for 2023 

Location: Corner of Robb Drive and SImons Drive (above Grace church)

Hours: Mon-Fri from 12-8pm, Saturday from 9am-9pm, Sunday from 9am-8pm

Discount: Mention “Northern Nevada Moms” or show them this article at checkout and you’ll get 10% off your purchase!

Each year, Top Notch Christmas Tree Co. has teamed up with Nevada Moms to offer you a discount for these tree lots in Reno! Trees are hand-picked from Oregon and Top Notch is locally (and mama) owned!

During your visit, there will be candy canes for kids, Christmas music playing all day long, and even coffee via Short Tail Coffee Truck on Saturday/Sunday from 9am-1pm. Goats are there to love on and pet on Saturdays and Sundays as well.

Note: Delivery Available and Credit Cards Accepted

Old Stonehouse Gift and Garden

Location: 1350 Geiger Grade Rd, Reno, NV, United States, Nevada

Moana Nursery – Boy Scouts Of America

Location: 1100 W. Moana Lane, Reno, NV

Genoa Trees

Location:2181 US HWY 395, Minden, Nevada 89423

Variety of beautiful live potted Christmas trees available.

Christmas Tree Cutting Near Reno Tahoe Areas

Instead of heading to the tree lots in Reno and surrounding areas, maybe you want to go cut your own with the family. Here’s what you need to know about tree cutting permits!

Free Trees for 4th Graders

In support of the Every Kid Outdoors program, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) will offer one free Christmas tree permit to fourth-grade students who present a valid paper voucher or durable Every Kid Outdoors pass.

Select locations only, call ahead of time to verify!

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Plumas National Forest

Date: Nov. 1 – Dec. 31

Purchase: Online

Limit: 2 per household

Cost: $10 per tree

Purchase your permits online. They allow you to cut a Christmas tree within designated areas of the Plumas National Forest. Certain designated special areas are prohibited (see cutting maps).

Tahoe National Forest Christmas Tree Permits

Date: Nov. 7 – Dec. 31

Purchase: Online

Limit: 2 per family

Cost: $10 per tree

A Tahoe national forest Christmas tree permit allows you to cut a Christmas Tree within designated areas of the Tahoe National Forest! There are 4 districts to choose from.

  • American River Ranger District
  • Sierraville Ranger District
  • Truckee Ranger District
  • Yuba River Ranger District

Lake Tahoe Basin

Date: Nov. 14 – Dec. 31

Purchase: South Lake Tahoe Forest Supervisor’s office, 35 College Drive

Limit: 1 per family/address

Cost: $10

Purchase your permit in person.  The Forest Supervisor’s office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., excluding federal holidays. Permits must be purchased by the individual cutting the tree and are not transferable.

Permits will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis during regular business hours while supplies last.

Humboldt- National Forest

Date: Nov. 1 – Dec. 24

Purchase: In person. phone, and online

Limit: 2-5

Cost: $5-$10

A permit here allows you to cut Christmas trees within designated areas of the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. Areas include the Carson, Bridgeport, Austin-Tonapah, Ely, and Mountain City/Ruby Mountains/Jarbidge Ranger Districts.

Nevada BLM Carson City District 

Date: Nov. 14 – Dec. 25

Purchase: Online or In Person (addresses below)

Limit: 10

Cost: $5

Purchase your permit in person at one of the following locations:

  • BLM Carson City District Office: 5665 Morgan Mill Rd., Carson City, NV 89701
  • BLM-Nevada State Office-Reno: 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, NV 89520
  • Cal Ranch Carson City: 2035 N. Carson St., Carson City, NV 89706
  • Carson Valley Chamber of Commerce: 1477 US Highway 395 North Suite A, Gardnerville, NV 89410
  • UNR Cooperative Extension Office-Fallon: 111 Sheckler Rd., Fallon, NV
  • Middlegate Station: 42500 U.S. Highway 50
  • Consolidated Agencies of Human Services-Hawthorne: 924 5th St., Hawthorne, NV 89415

A map and permit stipulations will be provided. A permit allows you to cut a pinyon pine or juniper tree

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Tips Before You Go

Nevada Mom, Megan goes tree cutting every year with her family! It is one of their favorite traditions.  She is sharing some of her tips with us.

  • Buy your permit BEFORE you go
  • Pack lots of snacks
  • Wear good hiking shoes and/or snow boots
  • Dress in layers, the weather is unpredictable and can be cold up in the mountains and shade
  • Have a map of designated cutting areas (they can change each year)
  • Bring straps to tie the tree down securely
  • Pack a tape measure.  They have height limits and trees can be hard to gauge
  • Use a chainsaw if possible
  • After you cut your tree have your permit ON the tree as you are leaving

Christmas Tree Memories

We hope you have an amazing experience cutting your Christmas tree!  Know of Christmas tree lots in Reno, Sparks, or surrounding areas that we missed? Let us know in the comments below!

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Kacey Queen is a co-founder of Nevada Moms

Kacey received her bachelor's in Psychology while cheering for the University of Oregon. They moved to Reno in 2014 and have loved it ever since. She is a dedicated homeschooling mother to her three children.

She serves on the board for Northern Nevada Health Systems, and Northern Nevada Sports and Recreation, and she is passionate about her community.

Kacey loves exploring with her family and finding family-friendly events and activities! A few of her favorite things include family adventures, exploring the outdoors, working out, local coffee shops, and dessert!