The Cottonwood Gulch Foundation sponsors educational wilderness expeditions and outdoor programs in the American Southwest that promote personal growth, scientific, historic, and cultural discovery as well as a knowledgeable environmental ethic among all those who participate.

Explore the Wilderness of the Southwest

This is an adventure—a true expedition—through the Wild Lands of New Mexico. Backpacking, hiking, river trips, and rock climbing are at the core of everything we do.


Discover the Culture of the Southwest

We take you on world-class backpacking excursions, but the Gulch is much more than that—we also use our hands to explore Southwestern art, archaeology, reptiles, dinosaur bones, and the Native American culture that makes this land so unique.


Discover Science and Nature

The Gulch is all about hands-on learning. You'll dig through the creek, plant trees, learn about forests and fires, dinosaur bones and horned lizards. This is a place where teens fall in love with the natural world.


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