Memorial Tree Program

The City of Rio Rancho Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department invites you to participate in its Memorial Tree Program. Trees are one of nature's best gifts to humankind and the planting of trees has always symbolized peace, life, growth and hope for the future. The gift of a Memorial Tree is a unique way to celebrate and honor or memorialize a special individual, while adding a long-lasting aesthetic and environmental benefit to the entire community. 

One Time, $450 Fee Includes

  • Memorial ceremony 
  • Certificate of planting 
  • Installation of tree and plaque
  • Tree will be 2" caliper and 6' to 8' tall 

How the Program Works

After you fill out the online application contact City of Rio Rancho staff at (505) 891-5015 to coordinate the time, location and other details surrounding your tree planting and Memorial Ceremony. 

Your tree(s) will be planted in a public park or other public area in the spring or fall of each year. A custom plaque will be permanently placed next to the dedicated tree. A Certificate of Planting will be presented to you at the Memorial Tree Ceremony. 


Memorial Tree Program Benefits

  • A unique gift
  • A lasting tribute
  • Beautify the parks
  • Clean the air
  • Provide shade
  • Cool the temperature
  • Ease noise pollution
  • Increase property values
  • Major generators of pure oxygen
  • Aerate the soil and minimize flood damage

Memorial Tree Map

All of the Memorial Trees that have been planted throughout the city of Rio Rancho are highlighted on the Memorial Tree Map. Please click on the following link to view the virtual Memorial Tree Map.

How to Participate in the Program

To participate in the Memorial Tree Program please fill out the online application, or you can fill out the attached form (PDF) and email the completed form to, or fax it to 505-891-5205, or drop off the form at:

  • City of Rio RanchoParks, Recreation, and Community Services Department3200 Civic Center Circle NE, Suite 100Rio Rancho, New Mexico 87144

For more information about the Memorial Tree Program please call the Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department at (505) 891-5015. 

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