The WA Spring Gap Semester: Southwest program provides a combination of wilderness and backcountry experiences including exploration of Canyonlands National Park, Labyrinth Canyon, Grand Staircase Escalante and the Coronado National Forest along with a Wilderness First Responder course. Designed for college-aged students, this Gap Semester programs provides students with the opportunity to sharpen their backcountry hard skills and leadership abilities within a supportive and inclusive community.
Spend 70 days with Wilderness Adventures exploring the magnificent Southwest region. Starting in San Antonio, the group will enjoy a few days of orientation about 30 minutes away at Cibolo Gardens Nature Preserve. After getting settled the group will embark upon their grand adventure including:
- 7 day canoe trip in Big Bend National Park
- 7 day backpack in Coronado National Park
- 4 days of climbing the Cochise Stronghold
- 3 days exploring Chaco Culture National Park
- 7 days canoeing Labyrinth Canyon
- 6 day Wilderness First Responder (WFR) course
- 3 day backpack in Needle District
- 3 days exploring Moab, Utah
- 5 days rafting Cataract Canyon
- 5 day backpack and capstone experience in Grand Staircase Escalante
Between each section, the group will have time to regroup, resupply food and other necessities, take showers, and prepare for their next adventure. Every night on this program (whether in the front country or backcountry), the group will camp in tents with occasional access to running water. This is a rustic wilderness experience that shares the best of the Southwest with students while providing opportunities for challenge and growth!
Trip Price Includes
- WFR Certification
- Group gear
- Personal gear and clothing
- Airfare to and from the trip start and end
- Academic credit (optional)
My gap semester with Wilderness Adventures was nothing short of transformative, and I can't recommend the program enough to any student considering taking a gap year before or during their time in college.
Rose, 2020 Gap Semester Student