About Cottonwood Gulch

Welcome to the Southwest!

Who We Are:

Cottonwood Gulch is a leader in outdoor education, running wilderness expeditions in the Southwest since 1926 –  one of the longest running wilderness immersion programs of its kind.

Join us on our world-class backpacking and hiking excursions, with hands-on experiences in Southwestern art, science, biology, and archaeology, as well as immersion in Native American traditions of the Navajo, Zuni, and Acoma people.

Our Mission:

The Cottonwood Gulch Foundation sponsors educational wilderness expeditions and outdoor programs in the American Southwest that promote personal growth, scientific, historic, and cultural discovery as well as a knowledgeable environmental ethic among all those who participate.

What Adventures We Offer:

Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions admits participants of any race, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, and national or ethnic origin.