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Turquoise Trail

An all-women’s 36 days of exploration across the Southwest’s most rugged, wild, and fascinating terrain

Join a group of adventurous young women who enjoy being outdoors to explore the Southwest. This supportive and motivated group of girls 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 TT 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 TT 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.

More Information:

Turquoise Trail Trek Description

Scholarship Application

QM and CA Application

Packing List

Trekker Frequently Asked Questions

Essential Eligibility Criteria 

Plans and Preparation Document

 

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Age: 14-16

Dates: June 21-July 26

Minimum Group Size: 8* (In multiple small groups to abide by NMDOH group size restrictions)

Maximum Group Size: 20* (In multiple small groups to abide by NMDOH group size restrictions)

Instructors: 2-4

Elevation Range: 5,000 to 13,000 feet 

Average Pack Weight: 40-45 lbs. 

Course Starts and Ends: Albuquerque, NM

Full Cost: $, scholarships available

“I think TT will always be my favorite expedition.  I have never gotten as close with anyone as I have with the girls in my Trek.  To be in the TT is to be given the opportunity to let your hair down and truly be as weird as you want.”

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