Campaign for The Gulch

We’re 91 Years Old – Help Us Reach 181?


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How We’re Doing 

Each year Cottonwood Gulch is hosting more Trekkers than ever before. That’s great news! And we have big plans to meet the ever-growing demand by enriching our programs, scholarships, and infrastructure. Here’s how we’re doing, and how you can help us reach our goals.

  • We exceeded our summer enrollment goals, realized our stated capacity, and had many treks on waiting lists.
  • Welcomed 167 summer trekkers, and 1,333 school group students.
  • Logged 6,000 days on the trails of NM, CO, AZ, and UT.
  • Gave over $70,000 in scholarships to summer trekkers, and $20,000 in grant-based scholarships to Title 1 school groups.
  • Increased diversity and availability of treks to even more socioeconomic classes.
  • Made it possible for a wide range of youth to get outdoors, unplug and connect with nature and each other.

Find more information about supporting Cottonwood Gulch on our Support Us page.

What We’re Planning

Developing capacity:

  • Kitchen update and expansion
  • Addition of six new cabins
  • New bunk house for three-season use to extend the season

Land stewardship:

  • Land management and forest health
  • Thinning, chipping, tree removal
  • Prescribed burn
  • Wildfire risk reduction

Infrastructure updates:

  • Water-catchment and reclamation systems
  • Updated latties
  • New shower house


  • Narrowing the access gap in outdoor education through more robust scholarship funds
  • Focus on expanding participation for students of all ethnicities in the Southwest
  • Continuing to increase diversity and availability of treks to all socioeconomic classes

Your Donation Will Be Matched 1:1!

We’ve received a matching grant! Your donation will be matched one-to-one, but the deadline is December 31, 2017. A group of generous donors has challenged us to raise $600,000 from new donors*. We have until the end of the year to meet the challenge! No matter the size, your donation counts.

*matching grant applies to new donors and those who did not give between 11/2011 – 11/2014

Our Progress

In our campaign to raise $3M, we’ve reached $2.2M, and we’ve got $800K left to go!

How to Help

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Find more information about supporting Cottonwood Gulch on our Support Us page.