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 2021

The Programs at Cottonwood Gulch allow for kids to see a wide expanse of the American Southwest. Our Treks cover areas of the Bisti Badlands Wilderness to the San Juan, and Santa Fe National Forests. 

FIELD DAYS ON TREK in 2021

Cottonwood Gulch staff dedicate their days to creating opportunistic education. We want to inspire trekkers and percipients in a wide range of outdoor, community and personal skills. 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
  • Arts & Culture

Cottonwood Gulch Programs

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Summer Treks

Our Summer Treks take kids from ages 8 to 18 all across the American Southwest. Activities such as Hiking, Mountain Biking, Camping, Skills Development and more are just the beginning of what a trek has to offer.

SCHOOL PROGRAMS

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

Treks for Adults, Young and Old are all other programs hosted at Cottonwood Gulch through-out the year. These events range from Semester in the Southwest, Wilderness Medical Certification Courses, YSC, and more.

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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Featured Program

Summer Treks 2022

Registration Open Now

Registration for Summer Treks in 2022 are now open! We are excited to welcome trekkers to Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions for another season of trekking across the American Southwest.

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Trek Log

Our trekkers keep a log while on their trek. Below are some of their experiences.

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

“floating clouds a desert’s delight drifts through the gray sky in purposeful might”

Becker - Art and Music Trek

“Wake up. Eat breakfast. Do details. Long drive. Five gas stations. No water. Travel center. Water finally. Eat lunch. Free ice cream (Carrie paid). Driving again. See deer. Lock eyes. Nature moment. Deer blinks. Runs away. Overlook stop. Geology lesson. Get to campsite. Eat dinner. Go sleep.”

Christina - Wild Country Trek

“We went to Chaco Canyon with Rob, the basecamp archaeologist!, Rob showed us how one of the canyon walls had been turned into a natural amphitheater, and we took turns testing it, magnifying our voices to fill the canyon, Rob took us through a network of the Pueblo’s rooms and explained what they were used for, while giving a more extensive account of the Chacoan people’s brief but exciting history!”

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