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…
Come explore some places off the beaten path and learn about the incredible geology and paleontology of the Southwest. There are amazing experiences for those who are brand new as well as those who would consider themselves experts.
Learn a new skill in our rustic, open air studio from a skilled teacher.
Step into a rich world of cultural history and explore the connections between those who have come before us and the people who live here today.
Whether you’re an experienced birder or just bird curious, we have an option for you!
Date: May 16th-24th, 2020
Join us for rock climbing, canyoneering, mountain biking, and more!
Dates: August 3-11, 2019
Dates: 2020 dates TBD
Co-ed: Ages 16-18
10 crew members/session
Application open until positions are filled – Interviews begin TBD
Work opportunity for 16-18 year olds looking for professional development opportunities in the outdoor industry.
Date: June 22-July 27, 2020
Boys: Ages 14-16
Date: June 22-July 27, 2020
Girls: Ages 14-16
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.
Date: June 22 – Aug 6, 2020
Date: June 20-July 6, 2020
$3275 (College Credit Included)
Session 1: June 20-July 6, 2020
Session 2: July 11-July 29, 2020
All genders: Ages 10-12
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.
Session 1: June 20 – July 11, 2020
Session 2: July 6 – July 27, 2020
Session 3: July 16 – August 6, 2020
(12 by instructor approval)
Dates: June 20 – July 11, 2020
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.
Date: July 16 – Aug 6, 2020
All Genders: Ages 15-18
Session 1: June 20-June 26, 2020
Session 2: July 11-July 17, 2020
All Genders: Ages 12-14
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.
Date: June 1st-June 9th, 2019
Ages: All Ages
- 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.