How to cut your own Christmas tree this year in southern Utah

Officials recommend cutting down your tree earlier in the season when the weather is better.

It’s time for a favorite holiday tradition on public lands in the West, with the Bureau of Land Management and U.S. Forest Service announcing the opening of their annual Christmas and holiday tree permit programs.

Hundreds of people go out each year and find unique, naturally grown trees on lands in the Dixie National Forest and the Arizona Strip. Permits allow people to cut down a tree and take it back home, typically at a much lower cost than a store-bought tree.

You won’t have to trudge through deep snow to find the tree of your dreams in southern Utah, but officials urge caution for those heading out on public lands. Be prepared for snow-packed roads and carry chains. Use four-wheel-drive vehicles or snow machines and stay on roads and trails.

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