New Mexico Adventures

New Mexico Adventures

If you’ve been telling your family or partner for years about hiking in the Pecos Wilderness or eating real New Mexico green chilis, now’s your chance to do more than just talk about it. We are offering, for the first time, two opportunities for alumni and their families or friends to engage with the Southwest we all know and love.

Turn your reunion into an adventure. Stay on after your reunion (for classes celebrating the first weekend) or come a few days early to experience New Mexico!  UWC-USA is offering New Mexico Adventures from August 1-5 for alumni, their families and friends between the two reunion weekends. Two adventure tracks are offered — a wilderness adventure or a culinary adventure.

Wilderness Adventure

With campus as your basecamp, enjoy three days of day hikes for all levels into the beautiful surrounding wilderness. The hikes will be guided by experienced and trained UWC-USA staff. Trips are dependent on weather and fitness of participants, but possible destinations include Hermit’s Peak, Sebastian Canyon, and other locations in the nearby mountains. Upon return from your hikes, re-energize in the hot springs and plan the next day’s expedition.

Culinary Adventure

With campus as your basecamp, enjoy three days of culinary delights with an epicurean immersion into New Mexico. Experience a tasting tour of Las Vegas, a cooking class at the Santa Fe Cooking School, and a day at the UWC-USA farm learning about cultivation, baking bread in a traditional horno and harvesting ingredients for dinner.

Monday, August 1

4pm – 9:30 pm –  Registration at Welcome Center.  (Please note that those who attend the reunion July 29 – August 1 will remain in the room you stayed during the reunion. For those attending the reunion on August 5 – August 8 will remain in their rooms through the reunion.)

5:00 pm – 10:30 pm – Hors d’oeuvres and bar open in Castle Lobby.

Tuesday, August 2

Wilderness Adventure – Day of Hiking

Culinary Adventure – Tasting tour of Las Vegas, NM

Wednesday August 3

Wilderness Adventure – Day of Hiking

Culinary Adventure – Day in Santa Fe: Cooking class at Santa Fe Cooking School and explore the old town.

Thursday, August 4

Wilderness Adventure – Day of Hiking

Culinary Adventure – Day at UWC-USA Agroecology Research Center (The Farm)

Fiesta Dinner at the Farm – Wilderness and Culinary Adventure groups

Friday, August 5

8:00 – 11 am –  Brunch in the Dining Hall. 

6:45 am – noon Check out in the Castle Lobby.

* A minimum of 20 participants is required for each adventure.  Due to space limitations the two adventures may not be combined.

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