Art & Music Trek (ages 15-18)

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Art & Music Trek (ages 15-18)

A Trek for Artists and Musicians Who Love Being Outside

The Art and Music Trek is a project-based expedition ideal for young artists and music enthusiasts. Explore Native arts, various forms of music, jewelry making, and leather working – guided by our resident experts at Base Camp, as well as special visits to New Mexico artisans. Learn how the power of the environment and culture of the Southwest influences the area’s art and music. Classes and projects  like leather working, storytelling, silver smithing, pottery, painting & drawing, percussion, harmony, and landscape art are all part of this trek. Open to all levels; no experience necessary – just the curiosity to explore and grow!

Trek Highlights:

  • Work closely with Cottonwood Gulch specialists at Base Camp
  • Attend the Festival Chipsa music celebration
  • Tour the Taos Earthship community
  • Classes and projects like leather working, storytelling, silver smithing, pottery, painting & drawing, percussion, harmony, and landscape art
  • Time on the road learning from local musicians and artisans, visiting Gulch friends around New Mexico and Arizona, and exploring the Land of Enchantment

Is this trek right for me?

  • Ideal for  high school students who love music, art, and the great outdoors.
  • No special talent or skills are necessary. Many Trekkers come to explore new interests and skills, (learn to play acoustic guitar or ukulele, or beginner silver smithing)
  • Great for enhancing artistic skills you already posses (like composing and writing original music, or collaborating with other musician or artisans)

Whatever unique project you design for yourself, you will be surrounded by nature, and will likely find inspiration in the breathtaking vistas of the Land of Enchantment! Visit the Art & Music Trek Website to see one of the projects they created in 2013.

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

2013 AMT Website
(One of the projects created that year!)


2020 Highlights:

  • Visit artists in the Taos Pueblo
  • Pecos Wilderness hike
  • Jemez hot springs
  • Explore Plaza Blanca and Ghost Ranch
  • Work on weaving, clay, and metalsmithing projects at Base Camp


“I learned that creativity is not something to fear, but rather something to embrace and unleash.”

— Maddie, AMT ‘13

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