Getting to the beginning of the CDT requires some planning. 

We offer a shuttle to help hikers get to the Crazy Cook Monument trailhead.

Our Services

We try to have everything a hiker could need to start their CDT hike. 

Located in Hachita, New Mexico, it’s the closest town to the Crazy Cook Monument.

We leave at 6am. This will ensure you to get on the trail before it starts to get too hot. 

We offer Water Caching, Free Camping Indoors, and Fuel Canisters!

It’s also a place for hikers to gather before they start, to make sure they are prepared, share information, and ready themselves for the area they are about to hike out into. 

About Us

Triple Crown Thru-Hiker Dion Pagonis and Andrea Rego, are the operators of Crazy Cook Shuttle Services. You might know them from hiking with their son, Buddy Backpacker, the youngest triple crown hiker at 9 years old.

Along with the help of a few friends, we are bringing the CDT trail community to Hachita.

The Hachita Hostel Project

We run the shuttle every year to raise money to build a dream hostel in Hachita. So far we have bought an acre of commercial land and have raised some funding.


“Dion and Andrea made my CDT start go so smoothly and enjoyable! They’re both very knowledgeable about the trail, and an absolute pleasure to be around. Not only did they get us to the border monument in one piece, they also made us a wonderful dinner the night before our departure. It was a great way to start what ended up being an amazing journey to Canada. I can’t speak highly enough of them!”

Jesse “Cap’n Kirk” Niemeir 

“The Buddy Backpacker Shuttle was a stress-free and convenient way to start our CDT thru-hike in 2018. Dion was friendly and knowledgable about the area and gave us great advice for our first few days in the New Mexican boot-heel. I’m thrilled we were able to start at the Crazy Cook terminus and have the epic monument to kick off our hike. Even better — we didn’t have to drive the very rutted and twisting roads to the terminus ourselves. We’d highly recommend using the Buddy Backpacker Shuttle.”

Allie “Knock on Wood ” Ghaman & Clif “Honeybuns” Reeder

“The service Dion and Andrea offer is invaluable for any hiker in need of getting to/from the Crazy Cook terminus, which lies a couple hours drive over very rough and confusing roads. Dion was very friendly and knowledgeable about the trail, and made the logistics of getting from Lordsburg to the terminus as simple and stress-free as possible.  I would certainly use their service again, and highly recommend it to anybody planning to hike the CDT.”

Bennet Murch

“Buddy Backpacker went above and beyond to make sure I got to that monument.  When my Greyhound was delayed by 15+ hours, he reorganized the schedule of everyone to make sure we all got there.  He saved my butt, had great stories, and gave us valuable tips as we drove out to the wasteland that is Crazy Cook.  A+ in every way.”

Grant “Gusha” Leonardi

The Legend of Crazy Cook

The start Continental Divide Trail is named for a very dark reason.

Frank Evans was born on June 12, 1865. As an adult, he became a member of a crew building a fence along the US-Mexico border. On the morning of May 1, 1907, he mouthed off to his crew’s cook. The cook picked up an axe and murdered him in cold blood.

A marker at the Crazy Cook Monument tells the gruesome story.