Rod Torrez was born in Williams Arizona, and has lived most of his life in the West. Love for the outdoors and an ethic to care for the land was instilled in him during his childhood in Arizona and Colorado, where he learned to enjoy hiking, camping, fishing, hunting and cross-country skiing. Descended from New Mexico families, and with ties to Pueblo culture, his roots run centuries deep in the region.
After studying at Colorado State University and the University of Colorado, Rod worked as a firefighter, naturalist and resource educator in numerous places from coast to coast. He now lives in Northern New Mexico and enjoys hiking and exploring the Southwest.
For Rod, HECHO, is about acknowledging centuries of Hispanic heritage in the West, encouraging Hispanic families to strengthen their connections to this land through recreation, and giving voice to the beloved landscapes as issues arise that affect them.