Camping & Operations

Philmont Scout Ranch provides an unforgettable adventure along its hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails. Program features combine the best of the Old West—horseback riding, burro packing, gold panning, chuckwagon dinners, and interpretive history—with exciting challenges for today—rock climbing, burro racing, mountain biking, and rifle shooting—in an unbeatable recipe for fast-moving outdoor fun.

Planning Your 12-Day or 7-Day Trek

The most successful Philmont expeditions require many months of planning.

Attendance Requirements & Advisories

View guidelines for crews, health and medical requirements and youth adult requirements

Traveling To Philmont

Traveling to and from Philmont is an important part of the high-adventure experience. Most contingents will find transportation the largest expense in the budget, so it's important to study the various travel options before making a final decision.

Information for Hikers

The most successful crews that hike the trails at Philmont spend months preparing


Philmont Cavalcades are similar to regular expeditions except that, instead of hiking, crews ride horses through the rugged mountain wilderness.

Individual Programs

In addition to regular expeditions for crews of seven to 12 members, Philmont offers several programs that are available to individuals and smaller groups.

Fall/Winter Programs

While Philmont is best known for its popular summer programs, the Scout ranch is open year-round, providing high-adventure expeditions through the Autumn Adventure and Winter Adventure programs.

Philmont Tips

These tips and techniques, developed from the experiences of staff and campers, are provided to make your Philmont experience safer and more enjoyable.


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.