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Mormon Handcart Historic Sites
Reservations for Summer 2020 will begin on September 1, 2019.
Each campsite has a per night fee based on capacity. In addition to the camping fee, you will pay a per person fee for each trek that you reserve. The “Trek to Martin’s Cove” and the “Trek at Sixth Crossing” cost $3 per person. The “Trek over Rocky Ridge” costs $8 per person ($3 plus a $5 permit fee required by the BLM). The amphitheaters and square dancing corrals are reserved at no cost.
Trek Leader Training is required for all groups larger than 25 people and is recommended for smaller groups.
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.
Missionaries are available to help you with your trek. They will meet you when you arrive at the site and assess your needs. They will walk with you while on the trail to help you. They do not camp overnight with trek groups.
Larger groups are usually divided into “families,” with 10 people per handcart.
You need two medical personnel for every 100 people. This applies to wards, stakes, and families. The medical personnel should be with the trek group at all times.
Yes. There are no age restrictions.
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.
We are a “pack in, pack 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
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 support vehicles.
A handcart measures 4 x 4 ft. and will hold 10 five-gallon buckets and 2 large water coolers.
Flags can be pennant style or rectangular and no larger than 2 x 2 ft. The flag holders on the handcarts hold three-fourths-inch PVC pipe (scheduled 40 recommended). Flagpoles are to be no longer than 3½ feet.
Rawlins and Casper are 60 minutes from Martin’s Cove. Lander and Riverton are 40 minutes from Sixth Crossing. All have full-size supermarkets.
No. The well water in the campgrounds is tested regularly and is cold and fresh. We also provide “water buffalo”—large water-storage units on trucks that transport water to trek groups at Rocky Ridge and elsewhere as needed.
You are not required to wear pioneer clothes. Dressing in period clothing may help set the mood of trek.
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.
Yes. The weather in the area is unpredictable—a sunny day can easily turn to one with rain, hail, snow, or high winds.
No. Please contact the trek office if you need to charge something during the day, such as a medical device.
Yes. Generators may run from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
No. The Church’s agreement with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) does not permit drones to be used on BLM land. The Church also does not allow drones on Church-owned property due to safety issues.
No. Semitrailers are not allowed. However, enclosed utility trailers work well.
Yes. Parking is available close to your campsite.
Motorcycles, ATVs, and bicycles are not permitted at camp or on the trails.
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.
Yes. Small instruments, including harmonicas, flutes, clarinets, and violins, are recommended, as they are easier to travel with.
No. However, certified service animals are permitted.