Philmont Cavalcades are similar to regular expeditions except that,
instead of hiking, crews ride horses through the rugged mountain
wilderness like the famous trappers who first explored the West.
Eight-day Cavalcades with 10 to 15 people* per crew are offered on specific dates
each summer. The final day of the Cavalcade is spent in competition at
an equestrian gymkhana.
For the safety of the rider and the horse, there is a 200-pound weight limit for all riders.
of the popularity of the Cavalcade program and the limited number of
horses, a drawing will be held each January for crews that have
expressed a desire to participate in summer Cavalcades. A group may not
participate in consecutive years.
To participate in the drawing, notify Philmont in writing. Successful groups will be notified in
February by mail and will receive a reservation form that must be
approved by the local council. The reservation will remain effective
for 30 days, pending receipt of the reservation fee ($100 per
participant) and approved reservation form.
What is the cost of a Cavalcade?
* If the crew should
number fewer than 10, the Cavalcade will be charged for 10
participants. The maximum number of crew members is 15.