Adventure Conservation Trek (ages 15-18)

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Adventure. Climbing. Mountain Biking. Conservation.  ACTion.

Do you love a challenge? Do you want to help preserve natural resources for generations to come? Then you’ll fit right in on the Cottonwood Gulch Adventure Conservation Trek! We will travel throughout the Four Corners region exploring amazing rock climbing crags, mountain biking, and completing conservation projects. As part of this trek, you’ll learn technical climbing skills and techniques as well as mountain biking skills while working on community conservation projects. An amazing summer of adventure, climbing, biking, rappelling, and personal discovery!

Is this trek right for me?

  • Ideal for high school students interested in rock climbing and conserving the amazing natural resources of the American Southwest.
  • No need for any rock climbing experience or mountain bike specific experience
  • Comfort on a bike is recommended

On ACT, trekkers will work to make a difference in community conservation and along the way will get to climb, explore many amazing climbing crags, and bike 47 miles over 3 days.

Flexible Itinerary

A note on “The Gulch Way”

The major differentiating factor between The Gulch and other outdoor experiences is “The Gulch Way”. It’s one part careful preparation, and two parts improvisation.

Each season we outline the Trek plans, then allow our knowledgeable staff to embrace unique opportunities that couldn’t otherwise be planned. We often adjust our itineraries when we’re invited to a ceremonial feast day, local flea market, or rug auction. We may be asked to help excavate an archaeological dig, or participate in a local art installation (both have happened!).

The nature of outdoor education reserves innate changes due to shifts in weather, wildfire, and trail or road closures. This is all part of the adventure that distinguishes Cottonwood Gulch.

What is included in the cost?

Tuition includes everything once you arrive in Albuquerque:

  • All meals
  • All transportation
  • Staff, educators, field specialists
  • All gear necessary for group expedition
  • Special activities (rafting, mountain biking, art classes + more) and backcountry permits

Trekkers are responsible for covering travel costs to and from Albuquerque the first day and last day of the trek. Gulch staff will be at the Albuquerque Sunport to greet incoming Trekkers.

Consider adding Trekker spending money when you register (to use for gifts, souvenirs, and trinkets to remember their experience). Trekkers are also responsible for providing personal belongings outlined in the packing list for their chosen expedition.

For more logistical questions, visit our FAQ page, or give us a call: 505-248-0563.

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  • All Genders: Ages 15-18
  • 10-15 members
  • Cost: 
  • Dates: 2021 dates coming soon

Packing List

2020 Highlights:

  • Conservation projects on public lands
  • Supported bike packing trip in the Cibola National Forest
  • World-class rock climbing in Northern New Mexico
  • El Malpais caving
  • 8 days at Base Camp

Places We Go

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