Philmont Itinerary Descriptions

Scouts hiking near Baldy Town

ITINERARY 1 - Challenging

Is your crew looking for a program packed itinerary in addition to seeing the sunset at Philmont's highest camp? Look no further. This trek starts by hiking past Cathedral Rock and the picturesque Cimarroncito Reservoir. Check out the Demonstration Forest and hike by Window Rock before climbing several new rock climbing routes at Cimarroncito. From there, the cool hike up the North Fork Cimarroncito Creek will let you focus on the wildflowers and aspens instead of the heat! At Cyphers Mine, Charlie Cyphers and his miners will teach you how to blacksmith, mine for gold, and treat you to mining music at night! Next, the trek up Mount Phillips will be challenging, but seeing the sunset over Wheeler Peak and the Moreno Valley will be an unparalleled reward. You will then meet the mountain men of Clear Creek while shooting .50 caliber black powder rifles before resting at Comanche Creek Camp for the night. From there you will learn how the homesteaders made a living in the mountains at Crooked Creek before working with our Conservation Department on a trail project near Buck Creek. At Apache Springs, you will shoot 3-D animal archery targets and learn the ways of the Jicarilla Apache. Enjoy the hike down the Agua Fria to Fish camp where you will tour Mr. Phillips fishing lodge, learn how to tie flies, and fish the same waters that Waite loved so dearly. Enjoy the hike down Rayado Canyon past Lookout, Crater, and Rayado Peak on your way to the Notch and then help the staff at Carson Meadows with an important search and rescue mission. From there, enjoy a delicious Mexican dinner and a cool root beer at the cantina, but be sure to prepare yourself for the final leg of your journey Lovers Leap and The Tooth of Time!

ITINERARY 2 - Challenging

This program intense itinerary will give you a chance to shoot shotguns and black powder rifles, ride horses, and climb spar poles! Camp at gorgeous Hawkeye Camp before reloading and firing your own shotgun shells at Harlan's picturesque shooting range. Work with our Conservation Department on a new trail before camping at Aspen Springs. Then hike through Hidden Valley, by Window Rock, and past the Cimarroncito Reservoir before touring Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge. Enjoy the cool North Fork Cimarroncito Creek to Cyphers Mine where you will learn to blacksmith, mine for gold, and be treated to an evening of entertainment at the Stomp. Climb up and over Comanche Peak and Mount Phillips before reaching Clear Creek for the night. There, the booming .50 caliber black powder rifles will be a great end to your day (or start to the next)! Enjoy relaxing under enormous Douglas Fir trees and learning about how homesteaders survived in the mountains at Crooked Creek. You will then head to Beaubien to test your roping skills, eat a chuck wagon dinner, enjoy a cowboy campfire, and ride horses down beautiful Bonito Canyon. Side hike to Fish Camp to tie flies and fish the same waters Mr. Phillips loved so much. Check out the B24 bomber wreckage on top of Trail Peak and continue on to Crater Lake, where the Continental Tie and Lumber Company will greet you. You will climb spar poles, cut railroad ties, and enjoy the loggers Company Meeting Campfire while overlooking the Tooth of Time. Enjoy the view at Aguila and drink a cool root beer at Abreu before being treated to the Rededication to Scouting Ceremony and a delicious Dutch Oven dessert! Tour western pioneer Kit Carson's home before making the triumphant return to Base Camp!

ITINERARY 3 - Challenging

This program packed itinerary will give you all sorts of exciting options as you navigate through Philmont's gorgeous Central and South Countries. At Harlan, your crew will learn how to reload shotgun shells before practicing their marksmanship at a scenic shooting range. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department before hiking on to Lost Gap. From there, try several new climbing routes at Cimarroncito before side hiking Hidden Valley and Window Rock. Be sure to tour Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge and visit the Demonstration Forest. Depending on the weather, your crew may then have an opportunity to side hike the Tooth of Time from Shaefers Pass. Next, hike over Black Mountain for the view or hike the lush North Fork Urraca Creek for its beauty and multiple stream crossings. At Black Mountain Camp, post-Civil War Union Soldiers will welcome your crew and share their knowledge of living on the western frontier. You'll shoot .58 caliber black powder rifles and learn blacksmithing skills that were vital for the time period. Your crew will then head to Beaubien for horse rides, a chuck wagon dinner, and cowboy campfire. Take the opportunity to side hike to Fish Camp on your layover day and leave no questions unanswered as to why Mr. Phillips loved to spend time on the banks of the Rayado and Agua Fria. Hike over Trail Peak to Crater Lake for spar pole climbing and camp at serene Bear Caves for the night. Enjoy the view from Aguila and cap off your trek with a wonderful Mexican dinner and root beer at Abreu. Hike through Zastrow for your final geocaching challenge. Next stop...Base Camp!

ITINERARY 4 - Challenging

This challenging itinerary is overflowing with wonderful program opportunities and will give your crew the option of hiking all of Philmont's Central Mountains if you're up to the challenge! You will begin your trek hiking along the beautiful Rayado Creek. Drink a cool root beer and learn about the Mexican Homestead at Abreu before spending your first night at Old Abreu. Your crew will then help the staff at Carson Meadows with an important search and rescue mission! Enjoy the hike to and view from The Notch before entering into Rayado Canyon and descending to Crags for the night. The hike to Fish Camp and Phillips Junction will leave no questions unanswered as to why Waite Phillips loved to spend time on the banks of the Rayado. Spend two nights at Beaubien where you will side hike Trail Peak and enjoy branding, a chuckwagon dinner, and a wonderful cowboy campfire. Work on a project with the Conservation Department before your crew faces a tough mountain challenge. Hike over beautiful Bonito Peak on your way to Red Hills. Be sure to hike all the way to the west side of Mt. Phillips for the best views of Wheeler Peak, the Moreno Valley, and Baldy Mountain. You will then continue your mountain journey over Comanche Peak, Big Red, and Black Mountain! At Black Mountain Camp, you will be greeted by post-Civil War Union Soldiers and booming .58 caliber black powder rifles. From there, enjoy blacksmithing, gold mining, panning, and The Stomp at Cyphers Mine. Tour Mr. Phillips Hunting Lodge, hike by Window Rock and Hidden Valley, and rock climb at Cimarroncito. Visit the Demonstration Forest on your way to Upper Clarks Fork before you begin the final challenge...The Tooth of Time!

ITINERARY 5 - Challenging

If your crew enjoys a lot of program and fishing cool mountain streams, the FISHING TREK is a great choice! Feel free to bring your fishing equipment and fish some of the best mountain streams you will ever come across. Start your trek by visiting famous pioneer Kit Carson's home at Rayado, along the Santa Fe Trail, before following the river to Olympia and Abreu. Enjoy the Mexican Homestead, cantina, and a delicious Mexican dinner as you listen to the waters of the Rayado rush past your campsite. Help the staff at Carson Meadows with an important search and rescue mission before entering beautiful Rayado Canyon. Your next stop at Fish Camp is where you will discover why Waite Phillips loved to spend time on the banks of the Rayado and Agua Fria. Tour Waite's historic fishing lodge and fish the Agua Fria all day on your way to Apache Springs. From there, hike to Phillips Junction and fish the Rayado all the way to Porcupine, and on to Clear Creek, where you will hear booming .50 caliber black powder rifles as you hike into camp. The Rocky Mountain Fur Company will welcome you and let you take target practice with their rifles and tomahawks. The trek up Mount Phillips will be challenging, but viewing Wheeler Peak, the Moreno Valley, and Baldy Mountain will be an unparalleled reward. Drop down into Cyphers Mine for the evening Stomp with Charlie's musician miners. From there, you'll be able to fish the picturesque Cimarroncito Reservoir, tour Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge, hike to Window Rock & Hidden Valley. Test your rock climbing skills at Cimarroncito before camping at Deer Lake Mesa for the night. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department at Visto Grande and wrap up your trek fishing on the Cimarron River. Keep cool by the rushing water and enjoy casting while you wait for your ride to Base Camp!

ITINERARY 6 - Challenging

Your crew will climb mountains, shoot guns, overcome challenges, and enjoy the serene wilderness on this program packed trek in Philmont's South, Central, and North Country. Hike over Lovers Leap and rugged Urraca Mesa where you will participate in challenge events that will help your crew work together for the duration of your trek. Enjoy the evening campfire filled with ghost stories, music, and legends of the Santa Fe Trail. Be sure to wake up early and watch the sunrise from Inspiration Point. You will then be able to visit a Mexican homestead, drink cold root beer at the cantina, and enjoy a Mexican dinner at Abreu. Enjoy camping next to the rushing Rayado. Be sure to hike over Trail Peak and check out the wreckage of a B24 bomber that crashed while on a training mission in 1942. At Beaubien, enjoy branding, eating a chuckwagon dinner, taking part in a cowboy campfire, and riding horses down beautiful Bonito Canyon. Work on a project with the Conservation Department and continue your journey over beautiful Bonito Peak and Big Red to Red Hills Camp. From there, be sure to hike to the far western side of Mt. Phillips to view Wheeler Peak, the Moreno Valley, and Baldy Mountain before continuing over Comanche Peak. At Sawmill, you'll shoot and reload .30-06 rifles at one of Philmont's state of the art shooting ranges. Enjoy the hike down Sawmill Canyon to Ute Springs before your crew reloads and fires your own shotgun shells at Harlan. Burro racing at Harlan and rock climbing & rappelling at Dean Cow will cap off an incredible Philmont expedition! Next stop...Base Camp!

ITINERARY 7 - Challenging

This program intense trek follows rushing streams, discovers mountain meadows, and traverses lofty peaks across Philmont's South and Central Country. You will start your trek with a gorgeous sunset at Toothache Springs. Stop by Abreu for a cool root beer before hiking to Carson Meadows where your crew will help the staff with a search and rescue mission that will require everyone to work together. From there, hike west to the Notch and enjoy the overlook of Rayado and Bonito Canyons. Stellar views of Rayado, Crater, and Lookout Peaks will then be seen from the south side of the canyon as you continue on to Fish Camp. Enjoy fishing the same banks of the Rayado and Agua Fria Creeks as Waite Phillips. From there, your crew will spend two days in some of the most pristine country the southwest has to offer at Apache Springs. You will learn about the Jicarilla Apache and test your bow and arrow skills on our lifesize 3-D game targets. Enjoy the sweat lodge and work on a trail project with our Conservation Department near Buck Creek before exploring the homestead at Crooked Creek. Your hike to and stay at Wild Horse is guaranteed to be memorable, as it is one of our most beautiful trail camps. Next, booming .50 caliber black powder rifles and mountain men await you at Clear Creek before the challenging hike up Mt. Phillips. The hike will be tough, but seeing the sunset over Wheeler Peak and the Moreno Valley will be an unparalleled reward. From there, climb over Comanche Peak and Big Red on your way to Comanche Pass. Enjoy gold mining, panning, blacksmithing, and The Stomp at Cypher's Mine before testing your skills on several new climbing routes at Cimarroncito. Visit the Hunting Lodge, Demonstration Forest, and Clark's Fork for horse rides before ascending the Tooth of Time on your way into Base Camp!

ITINERARY 8 - Challenging

This action packed itinerary will encourage your crew to work together as you explore Philmont's South and Central Country. Start off by trekking over Lovers Leap before heading to Urraca Mesa for initiative games and challenge events that will encourage your crew to work together throughout the trek. Be sure to wake up early to see the sunrise from Inspiration Point and be amazed as first light hits the Tooth of Time. From there, visit a Mexican homestead at Abreu and help the staff at Carson Meadows with a search and rescue mission. Hike west to the Notch and enjoy the overlook of Rayado and Bonito Canyons. Stellar views of Rayado, Crater, and Lookout Peaks will then be seen from the south side of the canyon as you continue onwards. Enjoy Fish Camp just like Waite Phillips, as you fish the banks of the Rayado and Agua Fria Rivers. Spend two days hiking through some of the most pristine country the southwest has to offer while you camp at Agua Fria, work on a trail project with the Conservation Department near Buck Creek, and camp at Crooked Creek. From there, mountain men, booming .50 caliber black powder rifles, and tomahawks await you at Clear Creek. Next, the trek up Mount Phillips will be challenging, but seeing the sunset over Wheeler Peak and the Moreno Valley will be an unparalleled reward. Hike over Comanche Peak on your way to Sawmill where your crew will then enjoy learning how to reload .30-06 rifle rounds before shooting them at our state of the art firing range. Enjoy the cool hike down Sawmill Canyon where your crew will rest for the evening at Ute Springs. From there, enjoy hiking through Hidden Valley and by Window Rock before visiting the Demonstration Forest. Horse rides, a delicious chuckwagon dinner, and cowboy campfire will help your crew have a wonderful night as you prepare for the final leg of your journey..The Tooth of Time!

ITINERARY 9 - Challenging

This program intense trek follows rushing streams, discovers mountain meadows, and traverses lofty peaks across Philmont's South and Central Country. You will start your trek with a visit to famous pioneer Kit Carson's home along the Santa Fe Trail before camping at Rayado River for the night. Next, hike through Abreu and drink a cool root beer at the cantina before helping the staff at Carson Meadows with a search and rescue mission that will challenge your crew to work together. From there, enjoy the hike to Crags through the Notch and be one of the lucky few to sleep at the bottom of Rayado Canyon. Stellar views of Rayado, Crater, and Lookout Peaks will be seen from the trail on your way to Fish Camp where you will learn to tie flies and fish just as Waite Phillips enjoyed doing at the intersection of the Agua Fria and Rayado Creeks. Encounter the Jicarilla at pristine Apache Springs and work on a trail project with the Conservation Department near Buck Creek. Next, you'll learn how to homestead at Crooked Creek before hiking to Porcupine, which is guaranteed to be memorable as it is one of Philmont's most beautiful trail camps. Tomahawks, mountain living, and booming .50 caliber black powder rifles await you at Clear Creek. The hike up Mt. Phillips will be tough, but seeing Wheeler Peak, the Moreno Valley, and Baldy Mountain is something your crew will never forget. Hike over Comanche Peak to Red Hills and then over the beautiful highline between Big Red and Bonito Peak. Swing down to Beaubien for roping, branding, a chuckwagon dinner, and cowboy campfire. Hike Trail Peak on your way to visit the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Crater Lake. Enjoy the Company Meeting Campfire and rock climbing at Miners Park. Your final challenge...the Tooth of Time!

ITINERARY 10 - Challenging

This Valle Vidal itinerary will enable you to see an incredible assortment of wildlife, enormous grass filled vegas, large ponderosa pine stands, and rugged mountains to the north of Philmont. You will also have the opportunity to let pack burros carry a portion of your gear! Start your trek with thought provoking initiative games and challenge events that will bring your crew together at Dan Beard. From there, you will help our staff with an important search and rescue mission at Seally Canyon. Navigate your crew over the north ridge and visit the historic Ring Place before riding some of the best mountain biking trails in northern New Mexico at Whiteman Vega. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department and preview your Baldy Mountain ascent from the meadow on the north end of McCrystal Creek, as it is an unparalleled vantage point. Enjoy the serenity of Iris Park and Greenwood Canyon before continuing south back onto Philmont property. Take time to review all of the ground you covered in the Valle Vidal from Baldy’s northern ridgeline and peak! Visit French Henry and explore Lucien Maxwell's gold producing Aztec Mine and historic Baldy Town. Shoot booming .50 caliber black powder rifles, pick up burros at Miranda, and camp at Baldy Skyline for the night. Enjoy the hike down the South Ponil Canyon or along Dean Skyline before dropping off your burros and capping off your trek at Ponil. Cowboy Action Shooting, boot branding, roping, a chuckwagon dinner, cantina show, horse rides, and a cowboy breakfast will leave your crew with amazing memories of their trek just before making the triumphant return to Base Camp!

ITINERARY 11 - Challenging

This program packed SHOOTING itinerary will give your crew an opportunity to shoot all three disciplines (shotgun, rifle, & black powder) that Philmont's beautiful Central and South Country have to offer. Start your trek by reloading and shooting your own 12 gauge shotgun shells at Harlan. From there, enjoy the hike to Deer Lake and test out several new climbing routes at Cimarroncito. Hike through Webster Parks and walk a lightly traveled trail on your way into Sawmill Canyon. Enjoy the gorgeous canyon and reload/shoot .30-06 rifles when you arrive at Sawmill. Just east of Comanche Peak Camp, an unparalleled sunrise awaits before tackling Mt. Phillips. From Mt. Phillips western summit, views of the Moreno Valley, Wheeler Peak, and Baldy Mountain will be a prized reward for the hard work that it took to get there! Enjoy firing .50 caliber black powder rifles at Clear Creek before camping at Comanche Creek for the night. At Beaubien, you'll be able to work on a project with the Conservation Department, test your roping skills, eat a chuckwagon dinner, ride horses, and kick back for a cowboy campfire. Side hike down to Black Mountain to blacksmith and shoot .58 caliber black powder rifles with post-Civil War Union Soldiers. Next, hike over Trail Peak to check out the B24 bomber that crashed on top in 1942. Continue on to Carson Meadows where your crew will help the staff with a search and rescue mission that will encourage everyone to work together. Stop at Abreu for a cold root beer and to experience the Mexican homestead before making your way to Zastrow for the night, where you will be treated to a delicious Dutch oven dessert and the Rededication to Scouting Ceremony. The final leg of your journey will include a hike along the Rayado Creek to tour western pioneer Kit Carson's home at Rayado. Learn about his adventures before making the triumphant return to Base Camp!

ITINERARY 12 - Challenging

Beautiful peaks, lush valleys, and exciting program fill this Central and South Country trek. Your crew will have a great first night at Ute Springs before rock climbing at Cimarroncito. If there's time, side hike to Window Rock and be excited to camp at serene Webster Parks for the night. The next day, you'll enjoy hiking a lightly traveled trail on your way to beautiful Sawmill Canyon. Learn to reload and shoot .30-06 rifles when you arrive at Sawmill. Hike over Comanche Peak on your way to Mt. Phillips Camp and be sure to watch one of the best sunsets at Philmont from the western summit. Views of the Moreno Valley, Wheeler Peak, and Baldy Mountain will be a prized reward for the hard work that it took to get there! Enjoy firing .50 caliber black powder rifles at Clear Creek and learning how to homestead at Crooked Creek before camping at Porcupine for the night. At Beaubien, test your roping skills, eat a chuckwagon dinner, ride horses, and kick back for a cowboy campfire. Side hike Bonito Peak and work on a project with the Conservation Department before hiking over Trail Peak to check out the wreckage of a B24 Bomber that crashed on top in 1942. Continue on over Fowler Mesa and through Aguila where another view awaits your arrival. Hike on to Abreu where you'll enjoy a cold root beer at the Cantina and a Mexican dinner at the Mexican homestead. Next, continue on to Urraca, where you will test your crew's skills on the challenge course and be treated to an evening campfire that tells of the mesa's haunted past. Wake up early and watch the sunrise from Inspiration Point to preview your final challenge. Navigate across Lovers Leap, scale the Tooth of Time, and hike all the way to Base Camp to finish your trek!

ITINERARY 13 - Challenging

This great itinerary will give you plenty of options for participating in exciting program and bagging rugged mountains in Philmont's Central and South Country. Start by hiking over Lovers Leap on your way to visit the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Crater Lake. There, you will climb spar poles, cut railroad ties, and take part in the loggers Company Meeting at a picturesque campfire bowl overlooking the Tooth of Time. From there, choose whether you want to hike the lush North Fork Urraca Creek or hike over Black Mountain on your way to Black Mountain Camp. Post-Civil War soldiers will welcome you to their outpost and let you shoot their booming .58 caliber black powder rifles. From there, you have another chance to hike Black Mountain before hiking over beautiful Bonito Peak on your way to Porcupine, Phillips Junction and Buck Creek for the night. Work with the Conservation Department on a trail project west of Buck Creek Camp close to the Philmont border. Stop by our most remote staff camp and learn to homestead at Crooked Creek before camping at beautiful Wild Horse. Next, the climb up Mt. Phillips will be challenging, but seeing the sunset over Wheeler Peak and the Moreno Valley will be something your crew never forgets. Hike over Comanche Peak and Big Red before descending to Lamberts Mine. Side hike to Cyphers Mine for gold panning and a mine tour. From there, hike the Middle Fork Cimarroncito Creek to the Hunting Lodge, where you'll see how Waite Phillips would have lived and hunted in the 1930's. Hike by Window Rock and through Hidden Valley and test your skills on several new climbing routes at Cimarroncito. Hike past the Cimarroncito Reservoir and visit the Demonstration Forest before your final challenge...The Tooth of Time!

ITINERARY 14 - Challenging

This program intense trek covers a lot of ground in Philmont's rugged North and Central Country. Start off by visting the Historic Chase Ranch and seeing the world's only confirmed T-Rex track. It's right here in the North Ponil Valley! From there, visit the fascinating petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloan people at Indian Writings and test your hunting skills with an atlatl. Next, your crew will visit historic Ponil where you will learn to rope, eat a chuckwagon dinner, enjoy a cantina show, and eat a cowboy breakfast before hiking to Dean Cow along Dean Skyline for rock climbing and rappelling. Get an early start on your way to Vaca and have fun burro racing at Harlan. Work on a great trail project with the Conservation Department and camp at Ute Springs for the night. Enjoy the cool hike up Grouse and Sawmill Canyons, where you'll be able to focus on the wildflowers and aspens instead of the heat! At Sawmill, Philmont's world class .30-06 reloading room and shooting range is guaranteed to be a highlight of your trek. From there, hike up to Comanche Peak Camp, but be sure to wake up early and watch the sunrise east of camp. It's one of Philmont's best! Next, the side hike over Comache Peak and Mt. Phillips will be challenging, but viewing Wheeler Peak, the Moreno Valley, and Baldy Mountain will be an unparalleled reward. Retrieve your gear and continue on to Big Red before descending to Comanche Pass and then to the Middle Fork Cimarroncito Creek. Relax at Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge, fish the Cimarroncito Reservoir, and side hike Window Rock. Visit the Demonstration Forest on your way to Clarks Fork. Then your final test awaits...The Tooth of Time! Enjoy the peak and your last night on the trail, before hiking into Base Camp.

ITINERARY 15 - Challenging

If your crew is interested in rock climbing, this CLIMBING TREK will be their first choice! This trek will give you an opportunity to climb at both Dean Cow and Cimarroncito. Your two day stay at Cimarroncito will give you a chance to climb the standard rock routes and give you a hands on learning experience, before providing you with an opportunity to climb several newly established routes not previously used at Philmont. Start your trek with a cool root beer at the Ponil cantina before spending the night at Bent. Hike over Wilson Mesa on your way to climb spar poles, cut cross ties, and enjoy the Company Meeting Campfire at Pueblano before camping at Pueblano Ruins for the night. Next, hike the South Ponil Creek to French Henry and explore Lucien Maxwell's Aztec Mine on your way to historic Baldy Town. A two day stay at Baldy Town will give you time to climb Baldy Mountain and throw tomahawks at Miranda. Then, hike to Head of Dean to participate in challenge events that will bring your crew together. Continue your journey to Dean Cow, where your crew will participate in the first round of rock climbing & rappelling. You will also test your knot skills at an "Anchor Rodeo." Practice those knots on your way to Harlan where you will shoot shotguns and race burros after dinner. You will then work on a trail project with the Conservation Department before camping at Devil's Wash Basin. From there, hike to Cimarroncito for your second day of rock climbing. See if you can make it around the climbing wall and test your knots with the Cimarroncito staff. Put those knot skills to use during the advanced rock climbing instruction on your second day, climbing several new routes near Cimarroncito. Be sure to hike through Hidden Valley and by Window Rock before touring Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge. Continue to the Cimarroncito Reservoir and Demonstration Forest on your way to the Cimarroncito Turnaround. Next stop...Base Camp!

ITINERARY 16 - Rugged

This rugged trek will let your crew hike, shoot, ride, and climb your way into Base Camp via the Tooth of Time! Not long after you begin from Turkey Creek turnaround, your crew will shoot clay pigeons with shotgun shells they learned to reload at Harlan. The cool hike up Grouse and Sawmill Canyons will let you focus on the wildflowers instead of the heat! At Sawmill, our world class .30-06 reloading room and shooting range is guaranteed to be a highlight of your trek. Camp at Comanche Peak and enjoy the best sunrise at Philmont from just east of the campsites. Continue on to side hike Comanche Peak and Mt. Phillips. Once on top of Phillips, views of the Moreno Valley, Wheeler Peak, and Baldy Mountain will leave lasting memories for your crew! From there, you'll be able to scale Big Red and learn to homestead at remote Crooked Creek. Next, your crew will shoot 3-D archery targets at Apache Springs before heading to beautiful Lost Cabin for the night. Tour Fish Camp to fully understand why Waite Phillips enjoyed spending so much time in the backcountry. From there, hike to Beaubien for branding, roping, a chuckwagon dinner, a cowboy campfire, and horse riding down one of the most beautiful canyons the southwest has to offer. Work on a project with the Conservation Department and hike over Trail Peak to see the wreckage of a B24 Liberator that crashed in 1942. Continue on to Crater Lake where the Continental Tie and Lumber Company will challenge you to climb their spar poles and provide you with an evening of entertainment at their Company Meeting Campfire. Rock climb & rappel at Miners Park before your last night on the trail at North Fork Urraca. Rest up and prepare for the the final challenge...the Tooth of Time!

ITINERARY 17 - Rugged

Start this rugged trek by seeing the only confirmed T-Rex track in the world! From there, be one of a few crews to camp at Campos Canyon, located on the Heck Tract of Ted Turner's Vermejo Park Ranch. You will hike past bizarre rock outcroppings on your way to rock climb and rappell at Dean Cow, before camping at New Dean for the night. Hike to Head of Dean and test your crew skills with initiative games and challenge course events that will encourage your crew to work together. From there, work on a trail project with the Conservation Department at Baldy Skyline before camping for two nights at one of Philmont's most beautiful camps, Ewells Park. Check to see if the southeast campsite is available so you can watch the sunset over Baldy while eating dinner. Get your rest and wake up early to climb over Baldy Mountain and visit historic Baldy Town. From Ewells, visit French Henry to explore Lucien Maxwell's best gold producing Aztec Mine. Then, take in the view from Copper Park before hiking to Upper Greenwood Canyon for the night. Head northeast into the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest to experience the incredible ponderosa pine stands and some of the most heavily populated elk habitat in the southwest. Camp at Iris Park and Ring Place, but be sure to mountain bike at Whiteman Vega and take part in a search and rescue mission with the staff at Seally Canyon! Enjoy navigating across Beatty Lakes before crossing back onto Philmont property and staying at Cook Canyon for the night. Wake up early and hike to Ponil so you can sign up for Cowboy Action Shooting and horse rides, before eating a chuck wagon dinner and being entertained by a wonderful cantina show. Grab a cowboy breakfast on your way out of the backcountry. Next stop...Base Camp!

ITINERARY 18 - Rugged

This trek is full of wonderful program opportunities, such as black powder rifles, spar pole climbing, and railroading at Philmont's newest staff camp: Metcalf Station! Start by camping at Cathedral Rock and hiking past the picturesque Cimarroncito Reservoir. Check out the Demonstration Forest, side hike Window Rock, and tour Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge before camping at beautiful Webster Parks for the night. On the following day, your crew will love the gorgeous downhill hikes through the lush Sawmill and Grouse Canyons! From there, your crew's journey to the North Country will pass through Upper Bench and Upper Dean Cow before spending two days at Miranda, where the mountain men will let you shoot their booming .50 caliber black powder rifles! Next, create your own mountaintop experience by summiting Baldy Mountain, checking out Lucien Maxwell's Aztec Mine, and visiting historic Baldy Town. Hike over to Pueblano where you'll climb spar poles with the men of the Continental Tie and Lumber Company and enjoy an evening of entertainment at their Company Meeting Campfire. You will then have the chance to hike over gorgeous Wilson Mesa and on to Dan Beard for initiative games and challenge events that will solidify your crew's cohesiveness! Be some of the first crews to hear the pinging of the hammer echo off the canyon walls at Metcalf Station. Tour the petroglyphs, learn about the Ancestral Puebloan people, and work on a trail project with the Conservation Department at Indian Writings before camping at Chase Canyon Camp for the night. Explore the historic Chase Ranch to cap off your trek! Next stop...Base Camp!

ITINERARY 19 - Rugged

If your crew is up for the challenge, they will enjoy every second of Philmont's CHALLENGE COURSE TREK! This trek will climb over Baldy Mountain, test your limits on the challenge course, provide an envelope of initiative games (and Leave No Trace games) to open trail camps, and daringly master the High Ropes COPE Course to top off the experience! Begin by visiting the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Pueblano, where your crew will climb spar poles, cut railroad ties, and be entertained by the loggers at their Company Meeting Campfire before camping at Pueblano Ruins for the night. Enjoy hiking alongside the lush South Ponil Creek on your way to check out Lucien Maxwell's Aztec Mine at French Henry. Your two day stay at Baldy Town will enable you to climb Baldy and shoot black powder rifles at Miranda. Next, hike to Head of Dean to encounter your first challenge course experience! Upon completion of the course, your Crew Leader and Wilderness Pledge Guia will each be given an envelope of initiative games. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department near Visto Grande and complete the first set of initiative games at Hawkeye Camp. Hike on and complete the Leave No Trace initiative games at Webster Parks. Be sure to check out Window Rock and take a tour of Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge. Your crew will then overcome another challenge when they test their rock climbing skills at Miners Park on the following morning. Hike to Urraca Mesa to participate in advanced challenge course events and lead the staff through an initiative game or two of your own! Enjoy the evening campfire, but be sure to get your rest so you can wake up and watch the sunrise from Inspiration Point, before side hiking the Tooth of Time from Stockade Ridge Camp! The final challenge will be to overcome your fears at the High Ropes COPE Course!

ITINERARY 20 - Rugged

This Valle Vidal itinerary will enable your crew to see an incredible assortment of wildlife, enjoy enormous grass filled vegas, hike through beautiful ponderosa pine stands, and view the rugged mountains to the north of Philmont! You will also have the opportunity to let pack burros carry a portion of your gear! Start off by seeing the world's only confirmed T-Rex track and tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloan people at Indian Writings. Be one of the first crews to experience Philmont's newest staff camp, Metcalf Station! Hear the pinging of hammers echo off the canyon walls and enjoy music in the evening. Continue on and help the staff with an important search and rescue at Seally Canyon. You will then visit the historic Ring Place for folk weather forecasting and then to Whiteman Vega to ride some of New Mexico's finest mountain biking trails. Work with the Conservation Department on the bike trail before hiking west across the mesa to visit the ruins at the top of McCrystal Creek. Enjoy an unparalleled opportunity to view Philmont's skyline from the north meadow. Hike through Beatty Lakes on your way to Dan Beard for challenge events that are sure to bring your crew together. Next, enjoy Cowboy Action Shooting, branding, roping, a chuckwagon dinner, cantina show, horse rides, and a cowboy breakfast at Ponil! Pick up pack burros and you'll be off to climb spar poles with the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Pueblano. Shoot booming .50 caliber black powder rifles and side hike Baldy Mountain from Miranda before reflecting on the journey while wathcing the Sunset at Santa Claus. Hike down Bear Canyon. Next stop... Base Camp!

ITINERARY 21 - Rugged

This program filled trek will enable your crew to hike the Tooth of Time and visit some of the most pristine camps in Philmont's Central and South Country! You will be able to orient your crew's Scouting focus under the stars at Zastrow's Rededication to Scouting program. Start by trekking over Lovers Leap and hiking to Miners Park for rock climbing and rappelling. Next, side hike the Tooth of Time from Schaefers Pass. At Clarks Fork, test your roping skills, eat a chuckwagon dinner, enjoy a cowboy campfire, and ride horses the following morning. Hike by the Demonstration Forest, Window Rock, and Hidden Valley before settling down at Lower Sawmill for the night. Be prepared to reload and fire .30-06 rifles at Sawmill and be the only crew to camp at Thunder Ridge. Be rewarded with views of Wheeler Peak and Baldy Mountain from on top of Mt. Phillips! Mountain men, tomahawks, and booming .50 caliber black powder rifles await you at Clear Creek. Learn to homestead at Crooked Creek and work with the Conservation Department near Buck Creek. From there, archery awaits at Apache Springs and enjoy fly fishing at Fish Camp. Hike through Webster Pass and over Lookout Peak, but be quiet as you’re approaching Lookout Meadow to increase your chances of seeing an elk herd that frequent the surrounding peaks. Watch the sunrise from the top of the meadow and you'll see why it's called Lookout Meadow! Cap off your trek with geocaching and a Dutch oven dessert at Zastrow, before touring Kit Carson's home at Rayado.

ITINERARY 22 - Rugged

This very rugged itinerary is filled with program and will give you an opportunity to explore most of Philmont's North, Central, and South Country! Start your trek off with a cool root beer at Ponil before hiking up the Middle Ponil to Bent for the night. From there, enjoy the hike over Wilson Mesa, which has some of the best views of Baldy Mountain and the Valle Vidal to the north. Camp at Baldy Skyline and work on a trail project with the Conservation Department before hiking to Miranda for .50 caliber black powder rifles. Be the only crews to camp at Black Horse while you conquer Baldy Mountain, explore Lucien Maxwell's Aztec Mine, and tour historic Baldy Town. After your successful mountain ascent, hike on to Head of Dean to participate in initiative games and challenge events. From Head of Dean, you will continue your journey south to Visto Grande, through Hidden Valley, and by Window Rock. Visit the Demonstration Forest before settling down at Clarks Fork for a chuckwagon dinner and cowboy campfire. Wake up early to ride horses and side hike the Tooth of Time before camping at Miners Park. You might have to choose one or the other due to time. The next morning you will be challenged to test your rock climbing skills before hiking to Aguila. Be sure to wake up early and watch the gorgeous sunrise as first light hits the plains. Enjoy the hike to Zastrow where your crew will test their land navigation skills on a great geocache course. Cap off your trek with a Dutch oven dessert, the Rededication to Scouting ceremony, and a tour of pioneer Kit Carson's former home!

ITINERARY 23 - Rugged

This intense trek covers a lot of ground in Philmont's rugged North and Central Country. Start your trek by seeing the world's only confirmed T-Rex track. It's right here in the North Ponil Valley! You will then be able to see the fascinating petroglyphs, archaeological sites, and artifacts left by the Ancestral Puebloan people at Indian Writings before camping at Horse Canyon for the night. Stop by Dan Beard to participate in initiative games and challenge events that will require your crew to work together. Next, you will learn how to homestead and be treated to an evening of entertainment at Rich Cabins. Be sure to enjoy the hike and views from Wilson Mesa while on your way to beautiful Pueblano Ruins. The hike up the South Ponil is beautiful! You'll learn to blacksmith at French Henry, explore Lucien Maxwell’s Aztec Mine, and be amazed when a beautiful view greets you as you walk down into Copper Park. Your two day stay will enable you to climb Baldy Mountain, visit historic Baldy Town, and enjoy the cool evenings at 10,500 feet. In the following days, you will journey south to Santa Claus and help work on a trail project with the Conservation Department near Visto Grande Camp. Hike over Deer Lake Mesa and check out the new rock climbing routes at Cimarroncito. Be sure to test your skills in the rock gym and on the climbing wall. Tour Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge and visit the Demonstration Forest on your way to Clarks Fork for roping and branding. Continue on to Tooth Ridge Camp, and meet your final challenge...The Tooth of Time!

ITINERARY 24 - Rugged

This trek is overflowing with wonderful program opportunities including, Baldy Mountain and The Tooth of Time! You will also have the opportunity to let pack burros carry a portion of your gear! Listen to the Rayado Creek while falling asleep on the first night of your trek at Olympia. From there, stop by Zastrow for geocaching, and check out the cantina and Mexican Homestead at Abreu before camping at Aguila for the night. Be sure to wake up early and watch the colors change over the plains as the sun comes up. Make your way to Miners Park for rock climbing and rappelling. Be sure to get an early start and side hike the Tooth of Time from Shaefers Pass if you are up for the challenge or eat a chuckwagon dinner at Clarks Fork. Test your roping skills, kick back for a cowboy campfire, and ride horses on the following morning at Clarks. From there, visit the Demonstration Forest, tour Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge, and hike by Window Rock on your way to Aspen Springs for the night. Continue north and participate in challenge course events that will encourage your crew to work together at Head of Dean. From there, enjoy working on a trail project with the Conservation Department near Baldy Skyline before camping at Ute Meadows for the night. Side hike Baldy Mountain, check out Lucien Maxwell's Aztec Mine at French Henry, and visit historic Baldy Town before listening to the sound of booming .50 caliber black powder rifles as you hike to Miranda on the following day. Test your marksmenship with the rifles and pick up burros that will help carry a portion of your gear to Flume Canyon. A cool root beer awaits your arrival at Ponil. Next stop… Base Camp!

ITINERARY 25 - Strenuous

If your crew enjoys GPS and land navigation, this GEOCACHING TREK is for you! Test your navigation skills on Ted Turner's Vermejo Park Ranch. Our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Department set up a challenging course in rugged country with some of the most unique rock outcroppings and vistas that the southwest has to offer. We are challenging your crew to be the first to locate them all! Start your trek at Dean Heck Camp before bushwacking up Slate Hill to find the geocaches. Be amazed by the rock formations and if you pay close attention, you might even find a rock with Waite Phillips' initials (WP) carved into it! Spend the night where few other crews have the opportunity to stay at beautiful Slate Hill Heck Camp. Log your findings with the Harlan staff before learning to reload and shoot your own 12 gauge shells. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department on your way to Lost Gap. Next, hike through Hidden Valley and by Window Rock to Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge. At Cyphers Mine, you will explore Charlie Cyphers mine and be entertained at The Stomp. Wake up early and fill up your water bottles as you ascend Mt. Phillips. The hike will be tough, but viewing Wheeler Peak and the Moreno Valley is something that your crew will never forget. Tomahawks and booming .50 caliber black powder rifles await your crew at Clear Creek. From there, camp at beautiful Bear Canyon and fish the banks of the Rayado Creek, just as Waite Phillips enjoyed to do at Fish Camp. Enjoy hiking down Rayado Canyon and help the staff at Carson Meadows with an important search and rescue mission. Get an early start to rock climb and rappel at Miners park before your final challenge...Tooth of Time!

ITINERARY 26 - Strenuous

If your crew is interested in a mountaintop experience, this trek will enable you to climb 11,230 ft. Ash Mountain South or 12,584 ft. Little Costilla Peak in the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest. They are two of New Mexico's finest peaks! Start your experience by touring the historic Chase Ranch and spend the first night at Dean Heck Camp. Continue to Dean Cow for rock climbing and rappelling before camping near an old sawmill at New Dean. Next, challenge events at Head of Dean will bring your crew together and the Continental Tie & Lumber Company at Pueblano is an additional treat. From there, hike over beautiful Wilson Mesa to Rich Cabins, where you will learn to homestead and be entertained by the musically talented Rich family. Work on a project with the Conservation Department and keep hiking north to the Middle Ponil Leave No Trace Camping Area where you will prepare for the biggest challenge of the trek. In June, climb Ash Mountain South, as Little Costilla is closed to the public for elk calving season. In July and August, climb Little Costilla or Ash Mountain… or both! Continue your trek to Windy Gap and safely navigate your way to the McCrystal Creek Leave No Trace Camping Area for an unparalleled view of the Philmont skyline. Hike east to Whiteman Vega where your crew will ride some of the finest mountian biking trails in New Mexico. Camp at Ring Place for the night and enjoy the astronomy program with no lights for miles. Help the staff at Seally Canyon with an important search and rescue mission and camp on the southeast side of the Beatty Lakes Leave No Trace Camping Area. Hike beautiful Abran Canyon towards Indian Writings and enjoy touring the fascinating petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloan people prior to 1300 CE. Be sure to stop by the world's only confirmed T-Rex track. It's right here in the North Ponil Valley! Next stop...Base Camp!

ITINERARY 27 - Strenuous

This program filled trek hikes through the entire North Country, climbs Baldy Mountain, and hikes in to Base Camp via the Tooth of Time! Pack burros will even carry a portion of your gear! Start off by seeing the world's only confirmed T-Rex track. It's right here in the North Ponil Valley! Camp at Anasazi and tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloan people prior to 1300 CE at Indian Writings. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department and camp at Horse Canyon for the night. Work together on the challenge course at Dan Beard before camping at Sioux for the night. Pick up burros at Ponil and continue to Pueblano where you will climb spar poles, cut cross ties, and be entertained at the Company Meeting Campfire. Return burros at Miranda and throw tomahawks before camping at Maxwell for the night. A two day stay there will enable your crew to climb Baldy Mountain and visit historic Baldy Town. Enjoy passing by the site of an old sawmill at New Dean, camp at Black Jacks, and explore outlaw Black Jack Ketchum's hideout on the following day! Hike down beautiful Turkey Creek Canyon and up to Harlan to reload your own shotgun shells before firing them at a scenic shooting range. Enjoy the hike to Cimarroncito and test your skills on several rock climbing routes. Be sure to try out the rock gym and see if you can make it around the wall. Tour Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge, visit the Demonstration Forest, and test your roping skills at Clark's Fork before camping at Upper Clark's Fork for the night. Rest up because one last challenge awaits...The Tooth of Time!

ITINERARY 28 - Strenuous

This program packed trek will enable your crew to see gorgeous sunsets, climb Baldy Mountain, and spend two days at Miranda! You will also have the opportunity to let pack burros carry a portion of your gear! Start your trek on the Santa Fe Trail with a tour of pioneer Kit Carson's home at Rayado. Be rewarded for your hike up the south side of Urraca Mesa by watching the sun sink into Rayado Canyon from Backache Springs! Climb spar poles and enjoy music and stories with the Continental Tie & Lumber Company at Crater Lake. Test your rock climbing skills at Miners Park and camp at Shaefers Pass. If you're up for the challenge, side hike the Tooth of Time and bag Shaefers Peak. Tour Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge and pass by Window Rock on your way to Visto Grande. Hike up Bear Canyon and work together to overcome all obstacles on the challenge course at Head of Dean. A two day stay at Miranda will give you an opportunity to shoot booming .50 caliber black powder rifles, throw tomahawks, hike Baldy Mountain, and visit historic Baldy Town. Pick up burros and hike to Ponil where a chuckwagon dinner and cantina show will be a great cap to the night. Eat a cowboy breakfast and conquer your final mountain challenge, Hart Peak. Work with the Conservation Department on a project at Indian Writings and tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloan people prior to 1300 CE. Finish your trek by seeing the world's only confirmed T-Rex track. It's right here in the North Ponil Valley! Next stop...Base Camp!

ITINERARY 29 - Strenuous

This Valle Vidal itinerary will enable you to see an incredible assortment of wildlife, enormous grass filled vegas, gorgeous ponderosa pine stands, and rugged mountains to the north of Philmont. Start off by seeing the world's only confirmed TRex track and viewing a beautiful sunset at House Canyon Camp. Tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the ancient Ancestral Puebloan people prior to 1300 CE at Indian Writings. From there, camp at Cook Canyon and then your crew will help the Seally Canyon staff with an important search and rescue mission before hiking to Ring Place for astronomy and folk weather forecasting. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department and ride some of New Mexico's finest mountain biking trails at Whiteman Vega. Be sure to take an unparalleled opportunity to preview your Baldy Mountain ascent from the north meadow of McCrystal Creek LNT area. Then head south towards Philmont and camp at Greenwood Canyon for the night. Review all of the ground you covered in the Valle from Baldy Mountain! Visit historic Baldy Town and explore Lucien Maxwell's best gold producing Aztec Mine at French Henry. Climb spar poles and cut railroad ties at Pueblano with the Continental Tie and Lumber Company. Your crew is sure to be entertained at their Company Meeting Campfire. Continue on to Ponil for Cowboy Action Shooting, branding, roping, a chuckwagon dinner, cantina show, horse rides, and a cowboy breakfast at Ponil! Test your rock climbing and rappelling skills at Dean Cow. Reflect on your trip as you tour the Historic Chase Ranch. Next stop...Base Camp!

ITINERARY 30 - Strenuous

This trek will give your crew an opportunity to camp at Philmont's newest staff camp… Metcalf Station! Climb tall peaks, hike over Wilson Mesa, and see the sunrise from Comanche Peak! Start your trek by hiking over Lovers Leap. Climb spar poles and cut cross ties with the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Crater Lake before camping at beautiful Lower Bonito! Hike down to Fish Camp to tour Waite Phillips Fishing Lodge. Walk the banks of the Rayado all the way up to Porcupine and make your way to Crooked Creek for the night, where you'll be able to relax underneath huge Douglas Fir trees. Next, view Wheeler Peak and the Moreno Valley from the top of Mt. Phillips before stopping at Comanche Peak for the night. Be sure to wake up early and hike just to the east of Comanche Peak Camp, where you will be able to view one of the best sunrises the southwest has to offer. Shoot .30.06 rifles and enjoy the beautiful hike down cool Sawmill and Grouse Canyons on your way to Devils Wash Basin. Begin your journey to the North Country and hike up Bear Canyon on your way to Santa Claus. Work together to succeed on the challenge course at Head of Dean. Then, booming .50 caliber black powder rifles will beckon you to Miranda where you will spend two days. Summit rugged Baldy Mountain and visit historic Baldy Town on your layover day and work with the Conservation Department on a trail project near Baldy Skyline the following day. Enjoy the hike over Wilson Mesa to Rich Cabins for evening music and stories of homesteading in the old west. Your last night will be at Metcalf Station where railroading, morse code, and blacksmithing come to life. Tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the ancient Ancestral Puebloan people around 1300 CE at Indian Writings. Cap off your trek by seeing the world’s only confirmed T-Rex track. It's right here in the North Ponil Valley! Next stop...Base Camp!

ITINERARY 31 - Super Strenuous

This program filled trek will give you a chance to pass over Wilson Mesa, climb Baldy Mountain, and hike the Tooth of Time! Start your trek with a cool glass of root beer at Ponil before making your way to Flume Canyon for the night. Climb spar poles and cut cross ties with the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Pueblano before heading over beautiful Wilson Mesa to Rich Cabins. At Rich, you will learn how the old homesteaders survived in the mountains and be treated to an evening of entertainment. Hike to Upper Greenwood and rest up for your mountain challenge on the following day. Hike to the Baldy ridgeline, hang your smellables, and side hike the northern shoulder of Baldy Mountain to the summit! Return to your packs and continue on to Copper Park for the night. From Copper Park, hike to French Henry to learn blacksmithing skills and to explore Lucien Maxwell's Aztec Mine. The following day, tour historic Baldy Town and camp at Baldy Skyline for the night. Work on a trail project near Baldy Skyline with the Conservation Department and hike to Head of Dean for challenge events. Continue hiking and enjoy the view from Dean Skyline on your way to Elkhorn. Test your rock climbing skills at Dean Cow and enjoy reloading your own shotgun shells before firing them at Harlan's scenic shooting range. Your crew will be able to reflect on their journey at cool Aspen Springs before hitting the trail and heading to Clark's Fork via Hidden Valley and Window Rock. Test your roping skills, enjoy a chuckwagon dinner, and cap off the evening with a cowboy campfire. Be sure to wake up early, fill your water bottles, and hit the trail towards Shaefers Peak and the Tooth of Time!

ITINERARY 32 - Super Strenuous

This wonderful trek will enable your crew to see the majority of Philmont as you do program in the South, Central, and North Country. Hike along the rushing Rayado Creek, stay at rugged Rimrock Park, and drink a cool root beer at the Abreu cantina before making your way to Urraca Mesa. Once there, initiative games and challenge events will encourage your crew to work together and you will be treated to music and wild tales of Urraca's haunted past. Wake up early and hike to Inspiration Point for the sunrise and watch as first light hits the Tooth of Time. From there, camp at Tooth Ridge and climb the Tooth of Time! Hike west on Tooth Ridge, eat a chuckwagon dinner, and kick back at a cowboy campfire at Clark's Fork. The next morning, you'll be able to ride horses, hike past the Demonstration Forest, and tour Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge. Start your journey to the North Country via Window Rock and Hidden Valley. Enjoy working on a trail project with the Conservation Department near Visto Grande and camp at Santa Claus the following day. Enjoy shooting the booming .50 caliber black powder rifles at Miranda before continuing on to pristine Ewells Park. Check to see if the southeast campsite is available and watch the sun sink behind Baldy Mountain while you're eating dinner! The two day stay there will enable your crew to visit historic Baldy Town, climb Baldy Mountain and explore Lucien Maxwell's Aztec Mine. Hike down the South Ponil for Cowboy Action Shooting and a Cantina Show. Then, enjoy the view from Dean Skyline while hiking to Dean Cow to test your climbing skills. Visit the Historic Chase Ranch and you'll be Base Camp bound!

ITINERARY 33 - Super Strenuous

This is the only trek that will enable your crew to bag Philmont's triple crown: Baldy Mountain, Mt. Phillips, and The Tooth of Time! You will also have the opportunity to let pack burros carry a portion of your gear! Start your trek by enjoying the view of Little Costilla from Sioux Camp. Pick up burros at Ponil and visit the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Pueblano where you will climb spar poles and be treated to the logger's Company Meeting Campfire. Drop your burros off and throw tomahawks at Miranda, before hiking to Ute Meadows. A two day stay there, will give you time to climb rugged Baldy, explore Lucien Maxwell's Aztec Mine, and visit historic Baldy Town. Next, overcome difficult obstacles on the challenge course at Head of Dean. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department near Visto Grande and camp at Martinez Springs for the night. Continue across the Bench to reload and shoot your own 12 gauge shotgun shells at Harlan. The cool hike up Grouse and Sawmill Canyons will let you focus on the wildflowers and aspens instead of the heat! At Sawmill, our world class .30-06 reloading room and shooting range is guaranteed to be a highlight of your trek. Continue on to Comanche Peak Camp where you begin your final mountain challenge. Wake up early and watch the sunrise just east of Comanche Peak Camp, then side hike Comanche Peak and Mt. Phillips. Return to camp, grab your packs, and hike over Big Red and Black Mountain. Shoot .58 caliber black powder rifles and learn to blacksmith at Black Mountain Camp where Post Civil War Settlers will greet you. Enjoy the hike down North Fork Urraca Creek and be sure to fill up all of your water bottles. Hike over Shaefers Peak and the Tooth of Time before your triumphant return to Base Camp!

ITINERARY 34 - Super Strenuous

This trek will give your crew an opportunity to climb Baldy Mountain, Little Costilla Peak, and Ash Mountain South. Begin your trek by hiking up Turkey Creek Canyon and exploring Black Jack Ketchum's gang hideout. Continue to Upper Dean Cow and rest up for the next several days, as they will be difficult. Hike through Head of Dean and listen for the sound of booming .50 caliber black powder rifles as you arrive at Miranda. Enjoy shooting rifles, throwing tomahawks, and fully experiencing the mountain man rendezvous. Hike to Baldy Town to pick up food and continue to French Henry to mine for gold, blacksmith, and explore Lucien Maxwell's gold producing Aztec Mine. Hike up the wall and be amazed as you walk down into Copper Park. Wake up early and hike to the ridge, where you'll hang bear bags and day hike rugged Baldy before camping at Greenwood Canyon for the night. Enjoy waking up in the cool canyon and continue to Little Costilla Leave No Trace Camping Area, where you will prepare for another mountain challenge. In June, climb Ash Mountain, as Little Costilla is closed to the public for elk calving season. In July and August, climb Little Costilla, Ash Mountain South, or BOTH! Continue your trek to Windy Gap and safely navigate east down the ridge to Ring Place. Set up camp before heading over to Whiteman Vega, where you will ride some of the finest mountain biking trails in northern New Mexico. Enjoy folkweather forecasting and astronomy in an area with no lights for miles. Wake up early and head south until you hear the pinging of hammers driving rail spikes echo off the canyon walls at Metcalf Station. Railroading, morse code, and blacksmithing will come to life and your crew will experience an excellent campfire. Be sure to check out the Ancestral Puebloan petroglyps from 1300 CE before working with the Conservation Department on a trail project at Indian Writings. Be some of the first crews to explore Chase Canyon and the historic Chase Ranch. Next stop... Base Camp!

ITINERARY 35 - Super Strenuous

If your training hikes were a breeze, Philmont's biggest challenge is the trek for you! Our longest trek covers it all, but will still provide your crew with many program opportunities. Be amazed by the beauty of the Valle Vidal, the height of Baldy Mountain, and the ruggedness of the Tooth of Time! Start off by exploring the Historic Chase Ranch and spending the night at Hellfire Canyon. Be sure to tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloan people prior to 1300 CE at Indian Writings. Test your navigation skills by taking beautiful Abran Canyon or hiking up the North Ponil to Seally Canyon, where you will help the staff with a search and rescue mission that will challenge your crew to work together. Bushwhack the north ridgeline on your way to tour historic Ring Place. From there, ride some of northern New Mexico's finest mountain biking trails at Whiteman Vega and work on a trail project with the Conservation Department. View the entire Philmont skyline from one of the most beautiful meadows in the Valle Vidal, at the north end of McCrystal Creek. The next day, you'll hike gorgeous Greenwood Canyon all the way to Copper Park. Be sure to explore Lucien Maxwell's Aztec Mine and learn gold mining, panning, and blacksmithing skills at French Henry. Your two day stay at Ewells Park will give you a chance to climb Baldy Mountain and tour historic Baldy Town. Shoot booming .50 caliber black powder rifles and throw tomahawks at Miranda before hiking to Santa Claus. Continue south and pass through Hidden Valley, by Window Rock, and through the Demonstration Forest on your way to Clark's Fork. Enjoy a chuckwagon dinner, roping, and a cowboy campfire on your last night, but get plenty of rest because your final challenge awaits...the Tooth of Time!

 

About Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.