Prairie Trek

A 36-day, all-male adventure trek exploring the Southwest’s most rugged, wild, and fascinating places

Join a group of adventurous young men who enjoy being outdoors to explore the Southwest. This supportive and motivated group of young men will wander desert canyons, summit mountain peaks, learn about local culture and ecology, and work together to overcome challenges. Even for someone who has never been camping before, this trek is a great fit to learn about the outdoors, leadership skills, the Southwest, and oneself. 

The itinerary varies from year to year (see Trek Description below for a sample itinerary), but you can rest assured that each year it will be packed with opportunities for hands on learning in the amazing backdrop of the American Southwest. Some years, the PT has summited Wheeler Peak, the highest mountain in New Mexico, while other years they have hiked 15 miles in a day to get to Keet Seel, a spectacular cliff dwelling in Arizona. They may learn to read a topographic map, cook on a single burner backpacking stove, tie knots, work through conflict, select a campsite, and more. These experiences lead the teens on PT to reflect on their increased resilience, self love, and self confidence after completing their five week trek. By the end, they come away with new friends, outdoor and leadership skills, great memories, and new perspectives after five weeks of independence and exploration.

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Trek Description-Prairie Trek

Scholarship Application

QM and CA Application

Packing List

Trekker Frequently Asked Questions

Essential Eligibility Criteria 

Plans and Preparation Document

COVID-19 Information

Trek Details

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Age: 14-16

Dates: June 21-July 26

Minimum Group Size: 8

Maximum Group Size: 10

Instructors: 2

Elevation Range: 5,000 to 13,000 feet 

Average Pack Weight: 40-45 lbs. 

Course Starts and Ends: Albuquerque, NM

Full Cost: $5,300, scholarships available


“The view from the mountain today was amazing and something I will remember for the rest of my life.”

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