Frequently Asked Questions


Topics

Planning
People
Campgrounds
Packing and Supplies
Clothing
Electronics
Vehicles
Miscellaneous

Planning

How early can we schedule our trek?

Church members can schedule a summer trek for their own family beginning on April 1 of the year prior to the trek. Church units can schedule summer treks a year prior to the trek as follows:

• Units within 320 miles can schedule beginning April 1.
• Units within 760 miles can schedule beginning May 1.
• Units within 1,300 miles can schedule beginning June 1.
• Any unit can schedule beginning July 1.

How much does it cost?

You will be charged a fixed cost of $16.00 per person for those age 12 years and older, regardless of how many days you stay. 

Where can we find ideas for organizing our trek?

See Handcart Trek Reenactments: Guidelines for Leaders on LDS.org.

Are leaders required to attend Trek Leader Training prior to trekking?

Trek Leader Training is required for all groups larger than 25 people and is recommended for smaller groups. Call or email for dates and other information.

How late can we register for a trek during the current year?

As long as there is availability in the site’s schedule, a group of 25 or fewer people can schedule a trek with a minimum of one week’s notice. Leaders of groups larger than 25, however, will be required to attend trek leader training (held in April or September) prior to the trek date and will need to plan accordingly.

Will missionaries be with us the whole time we are on the trek?

Missionaries are available to help you with your trek. They will meet with you at the beginning of the trek and assess your needs and can provide help in other ways as well. For example, they will walk with you while on the trail. However, they do not camp overnight with trek groups.

Can we vary from our scheduled itinerary?

Your arrival time at the site may vary due to unforeseen circumstances, but once you begin the trek, you will need to follow the scheduled itinerary. Because other trek groups will be on the trails, any itinerary change may cause overcrowding on the trails. 

Where can we go to church on Sunday?

There is a branch at Martin’s Cove that starts at 10:00 a.m. The neighboring towns of Lander, Riverton, Casper, and Rawlins also have Church services.

People

How many people should we plan per handcart?

Larger groups are usually divided into “families,” with 10 people per handcart.

How many medical personnel do we need?

You need two medical personnel for the first 100 people and one additional medical attendant for every 100 people after that. This applies to wards, stakes, and families.

Do medical personnel walk with the trek groups?

Yes, they should be with the trek group at all times.

Can we bring children younger than 12 on a trek?

Yes. There are no age restrictions.

Campgrounds

Do we have any cleaning assignments before leaving our campground?

Yes. You will need to have your group walk through the campground and pick up all trash. You are also responsible to clean all the restrooms assigned to your group. Cleaning supplies are provided at the campgrounds.

What do we do with our trash?

We are a “pack it in, pack it out” facility. You must take your trash with you. After you finish your trek, you may dispose of your trash at a city dump in one of the nearby towns for a fee. Please do not leave your trash at any service stations or roadside rest areas.

Packing and Supplies

Can we pack only what will fit in our handcart?

Most personal items will go in your handcart. Sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, and similar larger items should be packed separately. You are responsible for transporting these extra items to your campground in your own support vehicles.

How many five-gallon buckets will a handcart hold?

A handcart measures 4' x 4' and will hold 10 five-gallon buckets and 2 large water coolers.

What size of flag can we have on our carts?

Flags can be pennant style or rectangular and no larger than 2 feet x 2 feet. The flag holders on the handcarts hold ¾ inch PVC pipe (schedule 40 recommended). Flagpoles are to be no longer than 3½ feet.  

Where is the closest grocery store?

Rawlins and Casper are 60 minutes from Martin’s Cove. Lander and Riverton are 40 minutes from Sixth Crossing. All have full-size supermarkets.

Do we need to bring our own water supply?

No. The well water in the campgrounds is tested regularly and is cold and fresh. We also provide “water buffalos,” large water storage units on trucks that transport water to the trek groups at Rocky Ridge and elsewhere as needed.

Clothing

Do we need to wear pioneer clothing for the trek?

You are not required to wear pioneer clothes, but dressing in period clothing may help set the mood of the trek.

What kind of fabric is best for trek clothing?

Natural fibers, such as cotton, linen, and wool, are best because they allow the skin to breathe. Synthetic fibers can cause the wearer to sweat more, which increases the chance of dehydration.

Do we really need coats and rain gear in the middle of the summer?

Yes. The weather in the area is unpredictable—a sunny day can easily turn to one with rain, hail, snow, or high winds.

Electronics

Are sound systems available?

Yes. At Martin’s Cove there are sound systems available at the river crossing, the rescue statues, the area for the men’s callout and women’s pull, and the Dan Jones Amphitheater. If you want to connect your MP3 player, tablet, or other electronic device to them, various jacks and connections are available for doing so.

Sixth Crossing also has sound systems available at various locations along the trail.

Do we need to bring speakers and music for square dancing?
 

The campgrounds have speakers and MP3 players available and will have them set up for your square dance music. You only need to provide the caller.

Is there electricity in the campgrounds?

No. Please contact the trek office if you need to charge something during the day, such as a medical device.

Can generators be run in the campgrounds?

Generators may run from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Can we use drones to take pictures of our trek?

No. The Church’s agreement with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) does not permit drones to be used.

Vehicles

Are semitrailers allowed for transporting items?

No semis are allowed; however, enclosed utility trailers work well.

Is parking available at the campground?

Yes. Two vehicles per 100 campers are allowed to park next to your campsite. One of these should be the medical person’s vehicle. A vehicle and trailer count as two vehicles. Additional vehicles may be parked in the surplus parking area adjacent to the campgrounds.

Can we bring motorcycles or ATVs to use at camp? What about pedal bikes?

Motorcycles, ATVs, and bicycles are not permitted at camp or on the trails.

Do you have accommodations for transporting disabled people?

We have several rickshaws (two-wheeled chairs with long handles for one or two people to ride in while being pulled by one or two people) available. We also have two wheelchair handcarts. Call ahead to reserve.

Miscellaneous

Can we bring musical instruments?

Yes. Small instruments, including harmonicas, flutes, clarinets, and violins, are recommended, as they are easier to travel with.

Are pets allowed?

No. However, service animals are permitted.

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