Over 190 youth from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Tucson South Stake) spent four days (February 21-24) re-enacting a Mormon pioneer trek on Las Cienegas National Conservation Area (LCNCA). Between 1856 and 1860 three thousand Mormon pioneers, who could not afford to join wagon trains to travel to Salt Lake City, made the 1,100 mile trip on foot pulling handcarts carrying their belongings.
The trek re-enactment allows participants to experience the hardships and challenges encountered by their ancestors. Dressed in period clothing the youth pulled handcarts between four LCNCA locations (Cieneguita, Ag Fields, Airstrip, and Empire Ranch Headquarters) travelling more than 23 miles on foot and camping in below freezing temperatures.
Click here for photos of the last day of the trek.