Immerse yourself in the majestic land and cultural heritage of the American Southwest on an expedition filled with adventure. At The Gulch, we take you on world-class backpacking and hiking excursions, and our expeditions are much more than that— you’ll explore Southwestern art mediums, natural sciences, arid farming, and ancient archaeology.  Plus you’ll backpack to pristine vistas, rock climb volcanic formations, mountain bike through ponderosa forest and so much more!  Take this opportunity to learn from the people and cultural traditions of this place we call home. Come explore with us. The adventure awaits…

Zuni Mountain YCC (Employment for Ages 16-18)

Zuni Mountain YCC (Employment for Ages 16-18)

Session 1: June 9-July 8, 2018
Session 2: July 12-August 9, 2018
Co-ed: Ages 16-18
10 crew members/session
Application open until positions are filled – Interviews begin May 8th, 2018

Work opportunity for 16-18 year olds looking for professional development opportunities in the outdoor industry.
Prairie Trek (boys 14-16)

Prairie Trek (boys 14-16)

Date: June 25-July 30, 2018
Boys: Ages 14-16
15-20 members
Cost: $4650

Two backpacking excursions; live and work on a Navajo farm; learn to rock climb or master your technique; explore ancient Puebloan ruins; in-depth exploration of the science, art, archaeology, and food of the Southwest.
Turquoise Trail (girls 14-16)

Turquoise Trail (girls 14-16)

Date: June 25-July 30, 2018
Girls: Ages 14-16
15-20 members
Cost: $4650

Two backpacking excursions in Utah and New Mexico; live and work on a Navajo farm; explore ancient Puebloan ruins; in-depth exploration of the science, art, archaeology, and food of the Southwest.
Mountain Desert Trek (AGES 16-18)

Mountain Desert Trek (AGES 16-18)

Date: June 25 – Aug. 9, 2018
Ages 16-18
All genders
15-20 members
Cost: $5600

Three backpacks in the mountains and desert of the American Southwest. Live and work on a Navajo Farm; develop your own projects in art, science, archaeology, food. Longest and most challenging of our expeditions.
Paleontology Trek (ages 14-18)

Paleontology Trek (ages 14-18)

Date: July 24 – Aug. 9, 2018
Ages 14-18
All Genders
10-15 members
$2950 (College Credit Included)

Find and excavate real dinosaur bones with professional paleontologists; earn four college credits for your work; learn to live and camp in the exotic badlands of New Mexico; “behind the scenes” tour of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History.
Outfit Expedition (ages 10-12)

Outfit Expedition (ages 10-12)

Session 1: June 23-July 9, 2018
Session 2: July 14-July 30, 2018
Co-ed: Ages 10-12
15-20 members
Cost: $2575

Introduction to outdoor living for younger and first-time campers. 10 Days at the Cottonwood Gulch Base Camp, summit Mount Taylor to watch the sunrise, Explore mushroom rocks, lava tubes, one-day river trip on the San Juan River.
Wild Country Trek (ages 13-15)

Wild Country Trek (ages 13-15)

Session 1: June 23 – July 14, 2018
Session 2: July 9 – July 30, 2018
Session 3: July 19 – August 9, 2018
Ages 13-15
(12 by instructor approval)
All Genders
10-20 members
Cost: $3250

Introduction to backpacking and rock climbing. 4-day backpack, explore the volcanoes of New Mexico, wander through Chaco Canyon, restore a New Mexico wetland, 7 days at the Cottonwood Gulch Base Camp.
Adventure Conservation Trek (ages 15-18)

Adventure Conservation Trek (ages 15-18)

Dates: June 23 – July 14, 2018
Ages 15-18
10-15 members
All Genders
Cost: $3100

Explore incredible climbing areas in the four corners region, meet local characters and adventure enthusiasts, and help save our planet at the same time! This trek will focus around conservation, rock climbing, mountain biking and general adventure in the Southwest.
Art & Music Trek (ages 15-18)

Art & Music Trek (ages 15-18)

Date: July 19 – Aug. 9, 2018
Co-ed: Ages 15-18
10-15 members
Cost: $3100

Let the wilderness inspire your art and music; work with professional artists throughout the Southwest; create pottery, rugs, and painting with Native American Artisans; spend two weeks as an artist-in-residence at our Cottonwood Gulch Base Camp, and one week traveling through New Mexico’s wilderness to inspire your creative side.
Get Outdoors (G.O.) Trek

Get Outdoors (G.O.) Trek

Session 1: June 24-June 30, 2018
Session 2: July 15-July 21, 2018
All Genders: Ages 12-14
15-20 members
Cost: $600

Join us for 7 fun-filled days of adventure, art and STEM programming. Located at our base camp in the Zuni Mountains of Western New Mexico, we will rock climb, hike, mountain bike and go caving. We will also learn how to work with pottery and silversmithing tools in our Arts Workshop.

Flocks and Rocks

Flocks and Rocks

Date: May 19-May 27, 2018
Co-ed: Ages 21+
10-20 members
Cost: $1395

This trek into exotic southeastern Arizona will remind you of field schools in you university days: traveling in vans, camping out in tents, and learning all about birds, geology, and ecology from seasoned and salty professors. From the soaring canyon walls of “Yosemite of the Southwest” to the limestone labyrinths of Kartchner Caverns to organ pipe cacti found nowhere else in the US, the unusual birds live in unusual ecosystems surrounded by arresting geology. We will try to see it all.
Family Trek

Family Trek

Date: June 23-July 1, 2018
Ages: All Ages
Cost: $1250 ($800 for kids)

Unplug for a while, and explore the stunning Southwest with your family. You will get to see Canyon de Chelly(some say it’s better than the Gran Canyon) and visit the Historic Hubbell Trading Post.

- a limited number of scholarships are available. Email or call us for more information or an application -

The price for each expedition includes everything (food, transportation, staff, etc.) once you arrive in Albuquerque. Trekkers are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Albuquerque Airport, for personal spending money during the expedition, and for bringing the necessary personal gear on the packing list of their chosen expedition.

*Our cancellation policy