Each year we spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving in the mountains cutting a live Christmas tree. The trees aren’t the beautifully full and rounded farm grown trees you might get from a lot, and they’re not as easy to access as the artificial tree in the attic, but they are definitely worth it! It has become one of our favorite family traditions.
Christmas tree permits are cheap and easy to obtain. We pay only $10 to cut each tree in the Manti-LaSal Forest. You can obtain one of the limited permits by finding the different locations that sell the permits. This year they are in Nephi, Ephraim, etc. Though it is a bit of drive down to the Sanpete Valley, you can make it in about an hour. You can check this website for more complete information and for more locations. Christmas Tree Permits
There are other national forests that sell Christmas Tree Permits. Two that we know of are in Heber and Spanish Fork, but these two locations sell out fast!!! If you type in Christmas tree permits utah into google…you will usually find the information that you need.
Our family goes a few miles up Ephraim Canyon (an unpaved road) in trucks, SUVs, and vans to cut trees. Be sure to dress warm as there will be snow even if the valleys are dry. After the trees are cut, we go sledding with the kids, ride ATVs, and have snowball fights. I have included some of our pictures from this 2010 trip.
|The boys next to our freshly cut Christmas tree.
He loves the snow!
Sledding with Dad is always fun.