About Cottonwood Gulch

Welcome to the Southwest!

Who We Are:

Cottonwood Gulch is based in Albuquerque with our base camp in Thoreau, New Mexico.  An early leader in outdoor education, we’ve been running wilderness expeditions in the Southwest since 1926. This also means our programs are unique and like no other.

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.  This makes our New Mexico outdoor education program one of a kind.

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.