Gulch expeditions are an opportunity to immerse you in the majestic land and cultural heritage of the American Southwest. At The Gulch, we take you on world-class backpacking and hiking excursions, but our expeditions are much more than that— we use our hands to explore Southwestern art, science, farming, and archaeology, and we take time to learn from the Native American traditions of the Navajo, Zuni, and Acoma people.

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
Co-ed: Ages 16-18
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
Co-ed: Ages 14-18
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
Co-ed: Ages 13-15
(12 by instructor approval)
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)

Date: June 23 – July 14, 2018
Co-ed: Ages 15-18
10-15 members
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.
Flocks and Rocks

Flocks and Rocks

Date: May 19-May 27, 2018
Co-ed: Ages 21+
10-20 members
Cost: $1250

Explore the ornithology and geology of the Southwest with local experts. Hike on lava fields at El Malpais, look for the rare Pine Grosbeak from the slopes of Mt. Baldy in Arizona, and explore the Gila National Forest: a country immortalized by Aldo Leopold in A Sand County Almanac.
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.

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.

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