The monsoon season in the mountains is usually during the months of July and August. Occasionally there is a brief rain shower in the afternoon. In July the daytime temperature is usually about 80-85 degrees, and at night it is about 50-55 degrees. The elevation in Colonia Pacheco is about 7000 feet. The elevation in Colonia Garcia is about the same as Pacheco.
An evening in Colonia Juarez is about as close as possible to Heaven. Experiencing amazing weather in the company of good people, hearing and sharing stories, and eating berries from the Whetten berry patch is worth more than you can imagine.
The nearest medical facility and doctor is about 33 miles away in Colonia Juarez, and excellent hospitals are located in Nuevo Casas Grandes and Colonia Dublan about 12 miles further. Several good pharmacies are also located in Nuevo Casas Grandes. Jim and Jo Jarvis have had EMT training, and several other people in the group have nursing skills and other medical training. We hope those who are medically trained will go prepared to give medical assistance if needed.
Some in our group might be traveling to Mexico for the first time. Please be aware that there are not very many public restroom facilities available, and some are not cleaned according to the standards we have experienced at home. In some restrooms we will need to provide our own toilet paper. Restroom facilities in Colonia Juarez will be similar to what we have at home. The only restrooms available for our use in Pacheco are located at the Jarvis Ranch. We plan on going prepared to provide our own comfortable and private portable toilet facilities while we are in the mountains.
American currency (bills) can be used for making almost all purchases in Mexico. It is not necessary to go to a bank and exchange American money into Mexican money.
$ 10.00 per adult/per day for lodging in Colonia Juarez (for 6 days only)
$ 12.00 per person (total) for the meals at the Jarvis Ranch in Colonia Pacheco
$ 20.00 approximate cost for each person’s Tourist Visa (if staying more than 7 days)
$ 20.00 approximate cost for each vehicle (border fee)
$ 30.00 to 80.00 for Mexican auto insurance (cost varies depending on coverage)
$ 175.00 gasoline for each vehicle (please share this expense if you are riding with someone)
$ ?? for travel food, souvenirs, etc
On Temple Hill there is a rock monument built in 1935 by the scouts/deacons of the Pacheco Ward. It marks the spot of the “Pioneer Tree” (there is a story about this). It also marks the location where the hill was dedicated in 1895 as a temple site or for sacred purposes. After the rock monument was built a bronze plaque was made and placed on it by Marion L. Wilson (Bishop of the Colonia Pacheco Ward). Some time in the 1940’s or 1950’s the plaque was taken by an unknown person. Many people would like to help make a new plaque, and many would like it to be identical to the original one. For about two years many people have searched for an old photo of the monument with the bronze plaque. The photo does exist, but it has not yet been found. It is possible that someone in your family has the original photo we are looking for, or you might know who has it. The photo shows the monument with the bronze plaque, a young girl standing next to the monument, and a few wagons behind the monument.