PEEC Provides Family-Friendly Backpacking Trip

Kids and adults enjoyed backpacking to Name Lake last year with Tony Hinojosa and Beth Cortright, PEEC’s first family backpacking trip. Courtesy/PEEC

PEEC News:

The Pajarito Environmental Education Center (PEEC) is hosting a guided, family-friendly backpacking trip Saturday, Aug. 26 and Sunday, Aug. 27 hiking up to five miles a day in the backcountry. This family backpacking adventure will last two days and one night.

Adults and families are invited to meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the Los Alamos Nature Center for a short orientation.

The trip location will be determined nearer to the program dates and depend on weather and trail conditions. Adventurers should be prepared to carry potentially heavy packs at high altitudes. Essential backpacking gear such as tents, sleeping bags, stoves and backpacks will be coordinated at the program orientation. If needed, PEEC will provide equipment. The group will carpool from the nature center to the trailhead and back.

Environmental educators Tony Hinojosa and Beth Cortright will lead the trip. They have been teaching outdoor camps and outings together for four years. In addition to leading the backpacking adventure for teens over the past two summers, they spend much of their free time snowboarding, climbing and embarking on other outdoor adventures.

Registration is required to save a spot on this outing. The cost is $64/member adult, $48/member child, $80/non-member adult and $60/non-member child.

For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit, email or call 505.662.0460.

PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit

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