Unplug and explore the stunning Southwest with your family! The Family Trek is an unparalleled opportunity to travel, experience, and live in the great American Southwest while sharing the experience with your loved ones. This trek is the perfect opportunity for families interested in getting outside, spending time together, and learning new skills in the incredible backdrop of the American Southwest. Experienced educators will accompany you and your family as you hike, rock climb, visit local artists, experience native pueblos, and visit historic ruins. We’ll start with a few days at Basecamp, where you’ll sleep in rustic, open air cabins and have the opportunity to learn new skills like metalsmithing, animal tracking, plant identification, mountain biking, farming, cooking, music, and rock climbing. The exact specialties of our staff vary from year to year, but we always have an incredibly talented and knowledgeable team that is excited to introduce trekkers to new skills as well as offer deeper exploration for those already familiar with a topic. Basecamp will also be the perfect opportunity to learn outdoor living and camp craft skills before putting them into practice while camping, hiking, and exploring New Mexico. You can choose to do an activity as a family, or choose separate activities to suit everyone’s interests, and come back together at meal time to share stories.
After a few days at Basecamp, Family Trek will head out to explore some incredible sights around New Mexico. Each family will have one or more tents (depending on the number of people in the family) to sleep in as we travel around. Each year the itinerary varies; see below for a sample itinerary.
Each night, at Basecamp and on the road, there will be incredible meals, warm campfires with singing, games, and other activities, and you’ll definitely head to bed tired!
Age Range: All ages
Gender: All welcome, Male, Female, Non-binary
Min Group Size: 2
Max Group Size: 5
Elevation: 5,000 to 8,000 feet
7 Days on Trek
number of days on the trek
July 3 - July 10
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we believe outdoor education is more essential than ever. While we don’t know exactly what the pandemic will look like for Summer 2022, we are hopeful that we can run small group treks in outdoor spaces. Some experiences noted in this document, such as caving, may not be possible.
Grow and strengthen these skills
Leave No Trace Awareness
Resources for Parents
The trek itineraries vary year to year, depending on permits and staff expertise
Arrive and get to know everyone
Basecamp Loop (Cottonwood)
Visit Hubbell Trading Post and Code Talkers Museum
Hike Canyon de Chelly National Monument
hike El Morro National Monument
Caving in El Malpais National Monument, trek wrap up, final banquet
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