COTTONWOOD GULCH EXPEDITIONS
Explore the Outdoors Together
Cottonwood Gulch offers unique expeditions rooted in the culture and landscape of the American Southwest. We invite youth and adults to explore, learn, and grow whilst living in community in the outdoors!
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Trekkers in 2022
Cottonwood Gulch invites participants of all ages to engage with our programs. Our trekkers come from near and far, and we couldn’t be more excited to share our experiences with anyone seeking adventure, community, and a flair for outdoor fun!
FIELD DAYS ON TREK in 2022
Cottonwood Gulch treks are dedicated to place-based experiential education. The Southwest is a special place for outdoor learning with ample opportunity for growing technical skills, exploring nature and nurturing respectful relationships towards people and place. View our programs page to learn more.
About Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions
At the Gulch, we’ll inspire you with all of the places we explore, we will take you on world-class backpacking and hiking trails, connect you with hands-on science and nature, and engage you in the art and culture of the Southwest. Cottonwood Gulch has been leading expeditions across these incredible lands since 1926. Our staff are seasoned and gifted to ensure that trekkers and participants have a rich time while ensuring their safety in the outdoors. Our primary programs are focused on the summer months and are called, Summer Treks. However, we offer school and medical certification programs through-out the year.
The Gulch experience embodies these core activities:
- Wilderness Immersion
- Science & Nature
- Community Service & Engagement
- Arts & Culture
Cottonwood Gulch Programs
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Our Summer Treks take kids from ages 8 to 18 to our rustic Basecamp and on the road. Youth can experience a wide variety of activities such as hiking, backpacking, camping, science-driven exploration, and nature-based art while learning about the history of the people and places in the American Southwest.
Ready to put classroom learning into action? Classroom expeditions combine elements of self-discovery, place based learning, and outdoor adventure. Students can immerse themselves in the outdoor classroom, experiencing hands-on learning in the Southwest.
Treks for Adults
We host a variety of treks for adults throughout the year. From Family Trek for all ages, to YCC for young adults seeking work experience, we support adults in learning about and exploring the Southwest.
Outdoor Training Center
The Outdoor Training Center at Cottonwood Gulch focuses on creating opportunities for outdoor leaders to gain certifications in a number of fields, from wilderness medicine to mountain biking instruction.
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Summer Treks 2023
2023 Registration NOW OPEN!
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What are our trekkers up to during the summer?
Take a peek at their experiences, in their own words.
Dillon - Prairie Trek
“We found ourselves in many different lush places, like a peaceful river crossing, an elegant forest, and a killer rockslide. We traversed through these three biomes with ease. It was truly a sight to behold.”
Sophia - Turquoise Trail
Becker - Art and Music Trek
Christina - Wild Country Trek
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