Arizona Wildlife Discovery Hiking Challenge


Offered: August 24–26, 2018

The three-day Wildlife Discovery Hiking Challenge brings you to the natural habitat of two amazing Arizona species: the elk and the Mexican wolf. From our base camp in the beautiful Escudilla Wilderness, we embark on expeditions to explore, learn about, and raise funds to support the Mexican Wolf Recovery Project.

Anyone can do this! If you are 18 years or older and fit or willing to prepare, join us. You will receive training, gear, and fundraising tips to get the most out of this experience.

This one-of-a-kind discovery experience will feature:

  • Hiking and telemetric species tracking.
  • Camping under the stars.
  • Educational talks and activities.

The perspective gained when you are in the amazing outdoors and hear the majestic elk bugle or the wolves howling at night will fuel your drive and determination to complete this challenge, support Arizona’s wildlife, and have an adventure of a lifetime.



8–9 a.m.: Participants meet their challenge guides* at the Arizona Game and Fish Headquarters (AGFD). The group will transfer four and a half hours by vans to the Escudilla Wilderness, where we’ll work together to set up base camp, have a briefing on the challenge ahead, and warm up via a short acclimatization hike.

AGFD wolf project personnel provide background information on the project and information pertaining to wolf DNA collection and population monitoring techniques including trail cameras, scat collection, and hair snare monitoring.

AGFD provides GPS point information for hair snares and trail cameras so participants can locate and collect information (SD cards and hair samples).

LODGING: Comfortable camping at base camp, Escudilla Wilderness

MEALS: To-go lunch, dinner, and snacks

HIKING: 2–4 mile acclimatization hike


As the backcountry kitchen is serving up coffee and delicious breakfast to fuel our full day of adventures, AGFD wolf personnel arrive at base camp to meet us and provide a briefing regarding the Mexican wolf reintroduction project.

Our guides and AGFD wolf personnel guide the group on a more than six-mile trek to an area of a known wolf den and provide a talk on monitoring techniques and genetic considerations, including a hands-on demonstration of telemetry equipment. We use the telemetry equipment to find a den and learn about pup fostering and field techniques.

In the evening, back at base camp, AGFD research branch personnel meet us and provide a talk on elk population dynamics and monitoring.

LODGING: Comfortable camping at base camp, Escudilla Wilderness

MEALS: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

HIKING: 6–12 miles


After breakfast in the crisp clean air of Arizona’s high country, our guides and AGFD research branch personnel lead the group on a six-mile trek through the Escudilla Wilderness and host an elk viewing opportunity. We learn about elk, elk-wolf dynamics, and management considerations. We hike back to base camp, share our favorite moments—stories we’ll tell our friends—and break down the base camp before we conclude this incredible experience. And as a potential bonus on the hike back, nature may offer up a wolf viewing opportunity due to mobility and rendezvous sites of local packs in the fall.

The van ride home will be buzzing with energy, stories, memories, and the excitement of getting outside, having fun, and doing good.


MEALS: Breakfast, to-go lunch, and snacks

HIKING: 6–12 miles

What’s Included?

  • Training, gear, and fundraising tips—we support you all the way!
  • Special use permits and entry fees.
  • Two nights of camping in backcountry.
  • Tents, pads, and sleeping bags.
  • All dining and common area camping equipment and firewood.
  • All meals: lunch day 1 through lunch day 3, plus snacks and water on the trail.
  • Healthy snacks and assorted drinks during van rides.
  • Safety-certified, friendly guides and fantastic AGFD biologists.

Not Included:

  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations.
  • Alcohol, as Adventure for Charity discourages alcohol on multi-day challenges.


  • Backpack rental ($45 + tax).
  • Hydration bladder purchase ($35 + tax).

Challenge Pricing and Payment Options

Payment Methods - - - >FundraiseSelf-PayCombo
Registration Fee$125$125$125
Fundraising Minimum$970-TBD
Balance Due-$970TBD

*Minimum proceeds to the Arizona Game and Fish Mexican Wolf Recovery Project are $560 per person and are raised or paid depending on the payment method you choose. And please raise/donate even more to support our wildlife! Funds received by AFC, capped at $535 per person, are cost recovery for operation of the adventure challenge.

More Information

  • The $560 minimum donation is tax-deductible for you if you self-pay. If you fundraise, 100 percent of donations/sponsorship is tax-deductible for the third parties.
  • Fundraise: You pay a $125 registration fee (not tax-deductible) to reserve your spot. Raise an additional $970 (or more!) to cover the challenge costs and support the Arizona Game and Fish Mexican Wolf Recovery Project. Eighty percent of the sponsorship is due eight weeks before the trip, and the 20 percent balance is due within six weeks of the challenge.
  • Self-pay: Participants who do not wish to fundraise pay the registration fee and balance due six weeks prior to the trip. Consult your tax advisor to discuss questions related to tax deductibility.
  • Combo: Pay the registration fee (not tax-deductible) to reserve your spot in the challenge. You decide how much you want to fundraise. Eighty percent of your total, whether fundraised or paid, is due eight weeks prior, and the 20 percent balance is due within six weeks of the trip. Consult your tax advisor to discuss questions related to tax deductibility.
  • For further explanation of payment methods options, click here.

Space is Limited. Register Now!

MIN: 8 pax | MAX: 12 pax | REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 21

Please fill out the registration information with as much detail as possible to help us deliver an experience of a lifetime for you. Also, please read the Waivers, Trip and Payment Policy. This is important for you to understand, given the nature of and payment options for an adventure challenge.