Monday, June 24, 2013

Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Photos are now available on the DropBox! Please e-mail Kristen Briggs to get an invite to view the pictures.

Monday, May 27, 2013


Do you need to find us?  Would you like to see where we are?  By clicking on the link below, you will be able to track us at all times.  This will not function however, until 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 29th

Happy Finding!

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Trek Pick-up and Drop-off Times & Locations

Directions for Drop-off and Pick-up locations.
Also, see the Map/Location tab or click here.

Please note the following Trek pick-up and drop-off times.

For the Vanguard Company, they are meeting at the Stake Center on Wednesday, 5/29/13 at 10AM.

For youth going on Thursday, 5/30/13, please plan to have youth arrive at the Trek site around 7:15 AM.

Pick-up time on Saturday, 6/1/13 will be around 11:30 at the pick-up point.

Drop-Off Location
The drop-off location for Thursday morning is at “Burro Camp”, near the intersection of Forest Road 20 and Forest Road 533 (about 14 miles east-southeast of Cuba).


  1. Head northwest on US-550 N toward Cuba (~50 miles from NM-528/US-550).
  2. Turn right after mile marker 52 toward County Road 11 (dirt road).
  3. Go 5.2 miles on County Road 11
  4. Turn right onto Forest Road 78.
  5. Continue east on Forest Road 78 (~2.7 miles).
  6. Stay left on Forest Road 78 toward Forest Road 20 (vs. San Miguel Road).
  7. Go 2.4 miles on Forest Road 20 to Winter Quarters on the right side.
  8. You will be directed to designated parking and drop-off locations.

Pick-up Location

The pick-up location on Saturday is at NM Highway 126 and Forest Road 20 (about 17 miles southeast of Cuba).


1.      Head northwest on US-550 N to Cuba (~62 miles from NM-528/US-550).
2.      Turn right onto NM-126 S.
3.      Head southeast on NM-126.
4.      The road splits a ½ mile out of town – stay to the right on NM-126.
5.      Continue on NM-126 until it turns into a dirt road (~10 miles).
6.      Continue on NM-126 (dirt road) (~7 miles), staying on the main road and keeping to the right at any fork in the road.
7.      Turn right onto Forest Road 20 a ¼ mile past the 17-mile marker,
8.      Head south on Forest Road 20 for about 200 feet.
9.      You will be directed to designated parking.

NOTE: The base camp is about 3 miles further south on Forest Road 20, just past the bridge.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Are You Ready?

From the Medical Committee:

Here are some reminders to help you have fun instead of feeling miserable.  To prevent painful sunburns, blisters, exhaustion, chaffing, sinus head aches or other allergy symptoms, effects of the heat and/or cold, painful treatments of dehydration, heat exhaustion, or heat stroke... (get the hint) PLEASE:

-        Use sunscreen every AM, every 3 hours, or more often if in water or perspiring excessively.
-        Place a thin (nylon like) pair of socks under a thinner (cotton like) pair of socks.  This will GREATLY help prevent blisters.  Please see 'Required Clothing List'.
-        Place a piece of silk tape over the area of your foot ASAP once you feel a raw or 'hot' spot forming.  If you are prone to blisters, you may consider placing the tape in those areas before trekking.
-        ONLY wear shoes that are comfortable and that have been “broken-in”.  Please see 'Required Clothing List'.  Again, who wants blisters?
-        Layered clothing will greatly help you stay comfortable in the cold and warm parts of the day.  Please see 'Required Clothing List'.
-        Take your allergy medications regularly as indicated to PREVENT any allergy symptoms from ruining your fun!
-        Get plenty of rest one week prior to the Trek to help prevent Exhaustion.
-        Drink extra water to stay hydrated one week prior to the Trek to help prevent Dehydration.
-        Stay out of the sun for excessive periods one week prior to the Trek to help prevent Heat Exhaustion/Heat Stroke.
-        Remember that your hats can be your best friend in helping you stay cool.  Please see 'Required Clothing List'.
-        If prone to chaffing, we have powder!
-        Prepare yourself physically any other way you might need to.  You know yourself.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Time to be to Trek

All Trekkers who are reporting on Thursday, 5/30/13, please know that you need to arrive at the actual Trek Starting Point around 7:15AM. We would like to be on the trail around 9:30AM and there are many steps to get you to the point of trekking after you arrive. 

Friday, May 17, 2013

Trek Transportation Update

Dear YMYW Leaders, Bishops, Ma's and Pa's,

This email is to provide some important information regarding transportation to/from Trek. We hope that this will help avoid the potential of last minute panic to find drivers to take youth to the Trek.

As indicated on the Ward Transportation Sign-Up Sheet previously distributed to YMYW leaders in each ward (attached to this email), each ward/branch is responsible for transporting their youth and their gear to and from the Trek. Also indicated is the following:

IMPORTANT: Trek Ma’s and Pa’s MUST NOT be used to take youth to Trek as they will be meeting at a separate location and time that morning. 

Trek Ma’s and Pa’s MAY be used to take youth home from Trek, if they are willing and able to do so. 

The reason for this is that, unlike the last Trek, the route will not be a loop. The Trek starting point and ending point are 12 miles apart, and we want to have the Ma and Pa vehicles parked near the base camp and end point. 

The above information was provided at the first Ma's and Pa's Training meeting, however, not all Ma's and Pa's were able to attend, so they may not have been aware of this, and may have already signed up to help transport youth to Trek. We are in the process on contacting all Ma's and Pa's personally to make sure they are aware of this, and will provide this info at Saturday's Ma and Pa Training. 

If any Ma's and Pa's have signed up to transport youth TO Trek, you will need to find other drivers to replace them. In addition, we have asked Ma's and Pa's to have their Trek family gear transported directly to the Trek starting point with the youth's gear. We ask for your cooperation in assisting the Ma's and Pa's with transporting this gear. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Trek transportation, please contact Cathy or Jim Mortensen (Cabezon Ward):

Jim Mortensen: / 803-6752

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Trek Emergency Contact #

Trek Leadership can be reached during Trek via satellite phone in the event of an emergency.

If you have an emergency please dial:

Please note this number is for emergency use only, and international charges apply.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Trek Footwear


It has come to our attention that there is some confusion regarding appropriate footwear for the pioneer trek. To clarify, would you please pass the following information on to the families of those who will be participating in the trek.

Appropriate footwear for the pioneer trek includes hiking books or athletic/tennis shoes. Shoes may have mesh.  It is not advisable to purchase new shoes for the trek unless adequate time has been spent to break them in. Shoes that fit well, are comfortable, and provide good support will be sufficient. In addition, those youth (priests and laurels) and adults who will be members of the vanguard company will need a pair of shoes suitable for water. No other trek participants are required to bring water shoes. With any further questions you are welcome to contact Sis. Darlene Rounsville, 771-1467.

Rio Rancho Stake Pioneer Trek Clothing and Music Committee

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Don't Bring Reminders

Note: All visitors to Trek need to wear Pioneer attire. 

Electronics (iPod, phone, music players, etc.)
Extra book items
Camelback type water containers

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Ma & Pa Training Date

Saturday, May 18th, 2013
Ma & Pa  Training
Stake Center
Relief Society Room

Friday, March 29, 2013

Rio Rancho Stake Trek 2009 in the New Era

Here is quote from Alexa Pace (who lived in the Bernalillo Ward). This was published in the July 2010 New Era.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Clothing Lists Posted

Clothing Lists Posted

Or, click above on the Youth Clothing & Equipment Lists tab.
Equipment lists coming soon.

Monday, March 4, 2013

NOW is the time to start 
BREAKING IN your Trek Shoes!
Remember, you can wear tennis shoes or hiking shoes, but make sure they are broken in. Don't want any blisters!

See the Idea Sharing tab above to SHARE WHAT YOU ARE DOING IN YOUR WARD!

Monday, January 14, 2013

5/29/13 - 6/1/13
Jemez Mountains
Forest Road 20

12-18 year olds
(12 years old by June 1st, 2013)