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    Cottonwood Gulch: Turquoise Trail

    Cottonwood Gulch: Turquoise Trail


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Destination: United States
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: Five Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 8th, 9th, 10th
    • Gender: Girls Only
    • Category: Outdoor Adventure
    • Sub-Categories: Animals/Nature, Rock Climbing, Hiking
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16
    • Minimum Cost: $3,000 - $6,999
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    Since 1936, Turquoise Trail has been an empowering space for young, female-identifying 14-16 year olds to venture into the outdoors. TT focuses on further developing identities as members of a greater community, with an emphasis on accountability and mindfulness. This trek links young people with intersecting identities and challenges them to recognize their roles and responsibilities to each other and themselves.

    Turquoise Trail spends 5 weeks connecting with the Southwest, driven by a focus to establish healthy, harmonious relationships between trekkers and who/what they encounter. Trekkers will spend their time between our Basecamp in the Zuni Mountains of Northwestern New Mexico and on the road. TT's road loops; one in the areas bordering New Mexico and Arizona which includes visiting the Chaco Canyon region as well as traditional Zuni, Hopi and Diné lands and another in Southern Colorado, visiting the San Juan National Forest will also include at least 2 backpacking trips. 

    Cost and Session Information

    Turquoise Trail 2024 runs 6/27 - 7/31 --$6,750

    Scholarships available!