Unplug and explore the stunning Southwest with your family
The Family Trek is an unparalleled opportunity to travel, experience, and live in the great American Southwest while sharing the experience with your loved ones. This Trek is designed for Alumni to revisit the Gulch, or for new families interested in getting outside and learning the skills necessary to experience the four corners with confidence. Experienced educators will accompany you and your family as you hike, rock climb, visit local artists, experience native pueblos, and visit historic ruins. With Family Trek, you get to spend your time as you wish, and we’ll offer plenty of fun, outdoors-oriented options. This is a chance to explore New Mexico while using the natural world to create a stronger family bond.
Is this trek for me?
- Explore the natural world and create a stronger family bond
- Perfect for all ages and ability levels
- A great introduction to outdoor adventure and Southwest culture for all family members
This Trek is designed for alumni to revisit the Gulch, or for new families interested in getting outside and learning the skills necessary to experience the four corners with confidence.
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
Families 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.
For more logistical questions, visit our FAQ page, or give us a call: 505-248-0563.
- Visit Jemez Historic Site and the Jemez Falls
- Explore Bandelier National Monument
- Caving in El Malpais National Monument
- Hike El Morro National Monument
“My knees are more tired now than just after our hikes. I was in a bit of culture shock when I got home, I walked into a Dunkin Donuts to get some breakfast before driving home and walked out again. I couldn’t stand the plastic atmosphere and the music. I’m sure this also will pass, but I’m not sure I want it to. What a great adventure with great companions!”
— Lynn: Family Trek, Turquoise Trail, and Women’s Trek Alumna