GO Trek 1

Summer Trek




Overview of GO Trek 1

Join us for 7 fun-filled days based at Basecamp!  Each day you will wake up in rustic, open air cabins surrounded by nature in a Ponderosa and Juniper forest.  Some days, we will pack up and take off for an adventure like caving, rock climbing, or hiking to explore New Mexico and learn new skills. Other days, we will stay at Basecamp to take advantage of all the knowledge that Cottonwood Gulch staff have to offer. Each evening there will be a delicious dinner, games, and campfire activities. Prepare yourself for a star-filled sky, new friends, and an exciting week of learning new things. While at Basecamp, trekkers will 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. Each year the itinerary varies; see below for a sample itinerary. GO Trek is a great way to get to know what a Cottonwood Gulch summer is like and can serve as a prelude for Outfit Expedition (10-12 year old) or Wild Country Trek (13-14 year old).

Age Range: 8 - 10

Gender: All welcome, Male, Female, Non-binary

Min Group Size: 8

Max Group Size: 20

Instructors: 3

Elevation: 5,000 to 8,000 feet

6 Days on Trek

number of days on the trek

Cost: $995

6/25 - 6/30

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Ages: 8 – 10 Only

7/2 - 7/7

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Ages: 8 – 10 Only

Skills Outcomes

Grow and strengthen these skills


Camp Craft

Outdoor Living


Community Living

Leave No Trace Awareness

Trek Log


“We built forts, watched arrowhead making, studied crawdads, and painted with Donna. Mannix, “I studied clouds but there were too many storm clouds until the end.”

Fire and Ice

Mannix: “It was interesting,”

Lilli: “It was pretty cool.The ice collected in the cave,” Lilli.

Rebecca: “The ice cave was cool and it was hot on the volcano,” Rebecca.

Willow: “I don’t know.”

Resources for Parents

April 11-21, 2023 Itinerary

The trek itineraries vary year to year, depending on permits and staff expertise

Day 1

Arrive and get to know everyone

Day 2

Rock climbing

Day 3

Cabin in El Malpais

Day 4

Cottonwoods at Basecamp

Day 5

Slot Canyon Hike, camp in Zuni Mountains

Day 6

Cottonwoods at Basecamp, final banquet

Day 7

Head Home

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