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 best sunset on the ranch 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 the Hunting Lodge 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 hard working miners will teach you how to blacksmith, mine for gold, and treat you to some mining music for the 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 southwestern 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 archery targets and learn the ways of the Jicarilla Apache. Enjoy the cool walk 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. You will then have the pleasure of hiking down Rayado Canyon past Lookout, Crater, and Rayado Peak on your way to the Notch! Help the staff at Carson Meadows with an important search and rescue mission and enjoy the view of the Tooth in the distance. 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… 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! You'll start your trek by reloading and firing your own shotgun shells at Harlan's picturesque shooting range. From Aspen Springs, hike past Window Rock and 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 several enormous Douglas Firs and learning 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. Work on a project with the Conservation Department before checking out the B24 bomber wreckage on top of Trail Peak. Hike 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 at overlooking the Tooth of Time. Wrap around Fowler Mesa, enjoy the view at Aguila, and drink a cool root beer at Abreu before continuing on to Zastrow. There you will be treated to a 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 our scenic shooting range. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department before hiking on to Deer Lake Mesa. 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. Black powder rifles and blacksmithing await your crew at Black Mountain Camp. There, post-Civil War Union Soldiers will welcome you and share their knowledge of living on the western frontier. 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 Waite 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 most 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. Next, your crew will help the staff at Carson Meadows with a high angle search and rescue! Enjoy the hike to and view from The Notch before entering into Rayado Canyon and descending down 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 and enjoy riding horses, branding, chuckwagon dinner, and a wonderful cowboy campfire. Work on a project with the Conservation Department before your crew faces a beautiful 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 soldiers and booming .58 caliber black powder rifles. Enjoy blacksmithing, gold mining, panning, and The Stomp at Cyphers Mine before spending two days at Cimarroncito. Hike through Hidden Valley, Window Rock, and 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 fishing cool, teeming mountain streams, this FISHING TREK will be a great choice! Feel free to bring your fishing equipment and purchase a license before fishing some of the best mountain streams you will come across. Start your trek by visiting famous pioneer Kit Carson's home at Rayado along the Santa Fe Trail before following the river up to Olympia and Abreu. Enjoy the Mexican homestead, root beer at the cantina, and a delicious Mexican dinner as you listen to the waters of the Rayado before resting for the evening. Help the staff at Carson Meadows with a search and rescue mission on your way to the Notch. Your next stop at Fish Camp will leave no questions unanswered as to 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 Bear Canyon Camp. From there, you'll be able to fish the Rayado all the way from Phillips Junction to Porcupine, and on to Clear Creek, where you will hear booming .50 caliber black powder rifles as you come into camp. 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 before camping at Deer Lake for the night. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department at Harlan and wrap up your trek fishing on the Cimarron River. Keep cool by the rushing water and enjoy leisurely casting while you wait for your ride into Base Camp!

ITINERARY 6 - Challenging

Your crew will climb mountains, overcome challenges, and enjoy the serene wilderness on this program packed trek. You will also see Philmont's South, Central, and North Country. Hike past Lovers Leap and over rugged Urraca Mesa where you will participate in challenge course events that will help your crew be more cohesive at the beginning of your trek. Enjoy the evening campfire filled with ghost stories and music. Be sure to wake up early and catch the sunrise from Inspiration Point. You will then be able to visit a Mexican homestead, drink root beer at the cantina, and enjoy a Mexican dinner at Abreu. On your way to Beaubien, be sure to check out the wreckage of a B24 bomber that crashed on a training mission on top of Trail Peak in 1942. At Beaubien, enjoy branding, eating a chuck wagon dinner, taking part in a cowboy campfire, and riding horses down beautiful Bonito Canyon. Work on a project with the Conservation Department before leaving Beaubien and continue your journey over 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!

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. You will then be able to stop by Abreu for a cool root beer before hiking south to Carson Meadows to help our staff with a search and rescue mission that will require your crew to work together. You will then hike west to the Notch, overlooking both Rayado and Bonito Canyons. Stellar views of Rayado, Crater, and Lookout Peaks will be seen from the south side of Rayado Canyon. 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 targets. Working on a trail project with our Conservation Department will be a rewarding experience near Buck Creek. Then, the 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. Your hike will be challenging, 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 climbing several new routes at Cimarroncito. Visit the Hunting Lodge, Demonstration Forest, and Clark's Fork 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 across Lovers Leap before heading to Urraca Mesa for initiative games and challenge course events that will aid your crew's development throughout the rest of the trek. Be sure to wake up early to see the sunrise from Inspiration Point. From there, visit a Mexican homestead at Abreu and help the staff at Carson Meadows with a search and rescue mission. You will then hike west to the Notch, overlooking both Rayado and Bonito Canyons. Stellar views of Rayado, Crater, and Lookout Peaks will be seen from the south side of Rayado Canyon as you make your way to Fish Camp. 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, and camp at Crooked Creek. From there, mountain men, booming .50 caliber black powder rifles, and tomahawks will 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 famious pioneer Kit Carson's home along the Santa Fe Trail before camping at Olympia 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 work to 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 the next day on your way to Fish Camp where you will learn to tie flies and fly fish just as Waite Phillips enjoyed to do where the Agua Fria and Rayado Creeks converge. From there, your crew will spend two days in some of the most pristine country the southwest has to offer at Apache Springs. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department near Buck Creek and learn how to homestead at Crooked Creek before hiking to Porcupine, which is guaranteed to be memorable as it is one of our 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 from the western summit is something your crew will never forget. Hike over Comanche Peak to Red Hills and the next day you'll be able to hike the beautiful high line over Big Red and Bonito Peak. Swing down to Beaubien for roping, branding, a chuck wagon dinner, and cowboy campfire. Hike Trail Peak on your way to visit the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Crater Lake where your crew will climb spar poles like the loggers of the early 1900's. Enjoy the campfire and rest up for rock climbing and rappelling, your hike to Shaefers Pass, and 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, healthy 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 course 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's view is an unparalleled experience. 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 and pick up burros at Miranda before camping 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 their triumphant return to Base Camp!

ITINERARY 11 - Challenging

This program packed SHOOTING itinerary will give your crew a opportunity to shoot all three disciplines (shotgun, rifle, & black powder twice) 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 across Deer Lake Mesa 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 and shoot .30-06 rifles when you arrive at Sawmill. At Comanche Peak Camp, a sunrise unparalleled from anywhere on the ranch, awaits you bright and early 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. 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 your 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 hiking through Hidden Valley and by Window Rock. Then visit the Demonstration Forest before checking out Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge. From there, your crew will be excited to camp at serene Webster Parks for the night and enjoy hiking lightly traveled trail on your way into Sawmill Canyon. Enjoy the gorgeous canyon and 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 the best sunset on Philmont property 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. Work on a project with the Conservation Department. Hike 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 and 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. Wake up early and watch the sunrise from Inspiration Point on Urraca Mesa, navigate across Lovers Leap, and climb the Tooth of Time on your way into Base Camp!

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 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, side hike Black Mountain and swing by Beaubien to work on a project with the Conservation Department on your way to Buck Creek for the night. 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. Drop down to Cyphers Mine for gold panning and a mine tour on your way to Lamberts Mine. 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. Enjoy the hike by Window Rock and through Hidden Valley. Test your skills on the climbing wall and several new climbing routes at Cimarroncito on your layover day. 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 seeing the world's only confirmed T-Rex track… it's right here in the North Ponil Valley! From there, watch a gorgeous sunset at House Canyon Camp and wake up to visit the fascinating petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloan people at Indian Writings. Next, your crew will visit historic Ponil where you will test your roping skills, eat a chuckwagon dinner, enjoy a cantina show, and a cowboy breakfast before hiking to Dean Cow for rock climbing and rappelling. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department at Harlan 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, our 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 on the following morning as the sunrise to the east of camp Philmont's best! Next, the trek up Mt. Phillips will be challenging, but viewing Wheeler Peak, the Moreno Valley, and Baldy Mountain will be an unparalleled reward. Hike back over Comanche Peak and Big Red before descending to Comanche Pass and then to the Middle Fork Cimarroncito Creek. Tour Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge, then hike past Cimarroncito Reservoir and the Demonstration Forest. From Clarks Fork, 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 previously not used at Philmont. Start your trek with a cool root beer at the Ponil cantina before spending the night at Sioux. 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 Vaca where you will be able to hike to Harlan for burro racing that night. You will then work on a trail project with the Conservation Department before campign 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 wall and test your knots again 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 tour Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge before you cap off your trek by hiking through Hidden Valley and by Window Rock. Continue to the Cimarroncito Reservoir and Demonstration Forest on your way to the Cimarroncito Turnaround. Next stop… Base Camp!

ITINERARY 16 - Rugged

This great 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 the lights out of 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. It'll be great to wake up early so you can 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 one of our most remote staff camps at Crooked Creek. Next, your crew will shoot 3-D archery targets at Apache Springs before heading to beautiful Lost Cabin for the night. Hike through Fish Camp to fully understand why Waite Phillips enjoyed spending so much time there. 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 while flying a mission 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, which takes place at the most picturesque campfire bowl you have ever seen! Rock climb & rappel 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 your trek by seeing the only confirmed T-Rex track in the world! From there, be one of the first crews to camp at Campos Canyon, located on the Heck Track of Ted Turner's Vermejo Park Ranch. You will then hike among bizarre rock outcroppings on your way to rock climb and rappell at Dean Cow. Hike up Dean Canyon and then test your crew skills with initiative games and challenge course events at Head of Dean. From there, work on a trail project with the Conservation Department at Baldy Skyline before camping at one of Philmont's most beautiful camps for two nights, Ewells Park. Check to see if the southeastern most 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 to visit historic Baldy Town. From Ewells, visit French Henry to explore Lucien Maxwell's best gold producing Aztec Mine. Then, be astounded at 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 members 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 Cowboy Action Shooting and black powder rifles, and will give your crew a chance to bag rugged Baldy Mountain! 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 pilgrimage 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! Work on a trail project with our Conservation Department at Old Camp and enjoy camping at Cottonwood for the night. Check out the fascinating Ancestral Puebloan petroglyphs at Indian Writings before heading to Ponil for Cowboy Action Shooting, horse rides, branding, a chuckwagon dinner, cantina show, and a cowboy breakfast. What a way to cap off a 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, participate at challenge course camps, be given an envelope of initiative games (and Leave No Trace games) to open at Visto Grande and Hidden Valley, and daringly master the High Ropes COPE Course to top off the experience! The trek will begin by visiting the Continental Tie and Lumber Company, where your crew will climb spar poles, cut railroad ties, and be entertained by the loggers at their Company Meeting Campfire. 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 thow tomahawks 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 Cimarron River and complete the first set of initiative games at Visto Grande. Hike on and complete the Leave No Trace initiative games near the meadow in Hidden Valley. Be sure to check out Window Rock before taking a tour of Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge. Your crew will then overcome another challenge when they test their rock climbing skills at Miners Park. Hike to Urraca Mesa the next day to participate in a variety of advanced challenge course events and lead the staff through an initiative game or two of your own! The Urraca staff will prep you on high ropes hard skills, communication, and safety. 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 ancient Ancestral Puebloan people at Indian Writings. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department before taking part in a search and rescue at Seally Canyon. You will then visit the historic Ring Place for folk weather forecasting and then make your way to Whiteman Vega to ride some of the best mountain biking trails in northern New Mexico. Hike west across the mesa to visit the ruins at the top of McCrystal Creek, where you will enjoy an unparalleled opportunity view Philmont's skyline from the northern meadow. Hike through Beatty Lakes on your way to Dan Beard for initiative games and challenge events that will 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. You'll also learn to cut cross ties and enjoy the music and stories at their Company Meeting Campfire. From there, make your way to the two day Mountain Man Rendezvous at Miranda. You'll shoot booming .50 caliber black powder rifles, side hike Baldy Mountain, and visit historic Baldy Town. The last night at Santa Claus will give your crew a special opportunity to watch the sunset and reflect on the journey and everything that they have accomplished together. Hike down to Bear Canyon turnaround and you'll be Base Camp bound!

ITINERARY 21 - Rugged

TThis 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 also be able to orient your crews focus under the stars at Zastrow's Rededication to Scouting program. Start your trek by walking over Lovers Leap and hiking to Miners Park for rock climbing and rappelling. Next, your crew will side hike the Tooth of Time from Schaefers Pass. At Clarks Fork, test their roping skills, eat a chuckwagon dinner, enjoy a cowboy campfire, and ride horses the following morning. Hike by the Demonstration Forest, Window Rock, Hidden Valley, and Grouse Canyon before settling down at Lower Sawmill for the night. Be prepared to reload and fire .30-06 rifles before hiking on to Thunder Ridge for the night. From there, hike over Mt. Phillips and be rewarded with views of Wheeler Peak, the Moreno Valley, and Baldy Mountain! Mountain men, tomahawks, and booming .50 caliber black powder rifles await you at Clear Creek. Next, learn how to homestead at Crooked Creek and test your trail building skills with the Conservation Department at Buck Creek. From there, 3-D targets will test your archery skills at Apache Springs and Rainbow Trout will attempt to evade the flies you tie at Fish Camp. Hike past Webster Pass and over Lookout Peak, but be quiet as you're approaching Lookout Meadow to increase your chances of seeing the small herd of elk that frequent the surrounding peaks. Watch the sunrise from the southwestern edge of the meadow so you can fully understand why it's called Lookout Meadow! Cap off your trek with geocaching and a Dutch oven dessert at Zastrow. Enjoy your last day on the trail as you tour famous pioneer 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 one of 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. The next morning you will be challenged to test your rock climbing skills before hiking on to Aguila. Make your way to Crater Lake and visit the Continental Tie and Lumber Company where you will climb spar poles and cut ties as you relive mountain life from the 1920's. Be sure to wake up early and watch the colors change 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 fossils left by the ancient Ancestral Puebloan people at Indian Writings. Stop at 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. Enjoy the hike up the South Ponil, 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 Cimarron River 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. Be sure to 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, where a hike to the top of the Tooth of Time will complete the journey of a lifetime!

ITINERARY 24 - Rugged

This trek is overflowing with wonderful program opportunities, Baldy Mountain, and The Tooth of Time! You will also have the opportunity to let pack burros carry a portion of your gear! Listen Rayado Creek as you fall asleep on the first night of your trek. From there, check out the cantina and the 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. 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. From there, visit the Demonstration Forest and tour Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge and camp at Aspen Springs for the night. Participate in challenge course events that will challenge 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. Listen 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. Enjoy the final few miles to Ponil where a cool root beer awaits your arrival. 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. Not one crew has found all of the geocaches since this program began. We are challenging your crew to be the first to locate them all! Start your trek at Dean Heck Camp before bushwacking up to 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 Slate Hill Heck Camp. Log your findings with the staff at Harlan 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 and continue on to Cimarroncito where you will test your skills on several new rock climbing routes. Tour Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge on your way to Cyphers Mine, where you will explore Charlie Cyphers mine and be entertained by his hard working mining crew at The Stomp. Wake up early and load 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. Listen for the sound of booming .50 caliber black powder rifles as you near Clear Creek. Shoot rifles, throw tomahawks, and listen to stories of mountain men from the 1830's. Next, you'll enjoy listening to the water as you sleep at Agua Fria Camp. From there, tie flies and fish the banks of the Rayado Creek just as Waite Phillips enjoyed doing at Fish Camp. Hike down Rayado Canyon and help the staff at Carson Meadows with an important search and rescue mission before camping for the night. Drink a cool root beer and check out the Mexican homestead at Abreu before continuing on to Lovers Leap. Get ready for your final challenge on the following morning… the Tooth of Time!

ITINERARY 26 - Strenuous

If your crew is interested in a mountaintop experience, trek will enable you to climb Ash Mountain or Little Costilla in the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest. They are two of New Mexico's finest peaks! Start your Philmont experience by hiking past western outlaw Black Jack Ketchum's hidout in Turkey Creek Canyon. Continue on to Dean Cow for rock climbing and rappelling before camping near an old sawmill at New Dean. Next, Cowboy Action Shooting, horse rides, branding, chuckwagon dinner, cantina show, and a cowboy breakfast await your crew at Ponil. From there, hike the Middle Ponil to Rich Cabins, where you will learn to homestead and be entertained by musicians and storytellers in the evening. 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 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 to watch the colors change over Philmont's entire skyline. Hike east to Whiteman Vega where your crew will work on a trail project with the Conservation Department and ride some of the finest mountian biking trails in northern 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 back towards Indian Writings where you will enjoy touring the fascinating petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloan people prior to 1300 AD. 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 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 for a few days! 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 1300 AD at Indian Writings. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department near Old Camp and test your skills on the challenge course at Dan Beard before camping at Sioux for the night. Pick up burros at Ponil and continue on to Pueblano where the Continental Tie and Lumber Company will help you climb spar poles, cut cross ties, and enjoy their stories/music at the Company Meeting campfire. Return burros at Miranda and throw tomahawks before camping at Maxwell for the night. A two day there stay 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. Head to Harlan to learn 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. Rest up because one last challenge awaits… The Tooth of Time!

ITINERARY 28 - 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 tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the ancient Ancestral Puebloan people prior to 1300 AD at Indian Writings. From there, 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 our Conservation Department and ride some of northern New Mexico's finest mountain biking trails at Whiteman Vega. Be sure to take an unparalleled opportunity to preview Baldy Mountain from the north meadow of McCrystal Creek. Make your way south towards Philmont and camp at Greenwood Canyon for the night. Review all of the ground you have covered from Baldy's northern ridgeline and peak when you return to Philmont. 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. Then reflect on the program, beautiful scenery, and fellowship with your crew as you hike to the Turkey Creek Turnaround. 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 tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the ancient Ancestral Puebloan people prior to 1300 AD at Indian Writings. From there, 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 our Conservation Department and ride some of northern New Mexico's finest mountain biking trails at Whiteman Vega. Be sure to take an unparalleled opportunity to preview Baldy Mountain from the north meadow of McCrystal Creek. Make your way south towards Philmont and camp at Greenwood Canyon for the night. Review all of the ground you have covered from Baldy's northern ridgeline and peak when you return to Philmont. 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. Then reflect on the program, beautiful scenery, and fellowship with your crew as you hike to the Turkey Creek Turnaround. Next stop… Base Camp!

ITINERARY 30 - Strenuous

This trek will give your crew an opportunity to climb most of Philmont's peaks, hike over Wilson Mesa, and see the best sunrise at Comanche Peak! Start your trek by hiking over Lovers Leap. You will then climb spar poles and cut ties with the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Crater Lake before camping at one of Philmont's most beautiful trail camps… 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 will learn how the old homesteaders lived in the mountains. Next, view Wheeler Peak, the Moreno Valley, and Baldy Mountain 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 at 11,000 feet. Shoot .30.06 rifles and enjoy the beautiful hike down cool Sawmill and Grouse Canyons on your way to Ute Springs. Begin your journey to the North Country and hike up Bear Canyon on your way to Santa Claus. The booming .50 caliber black powder rifles will beckon you to Miranda where you will spend two days. On the 2nd day, your crew will be able to summit rugged Baldy Mountain and visit historic Baldy Town. Hike over Wilson Mesa to Rich Cabins for evening music and stories of homesteading in the old west. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department near Old Camp. Your last stop will be at Indian Writings. Tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the ancient Ancestral Puebloan people around 1300 AD. 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 on towards 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 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 skills on the rocks 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 Shaefer's Pass and the Tooth of Time!

ITINERARY 32 - Super Strenuous

This wonderful trek will give your crew the chance to rock climb twice and 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. That evening, you will be treated to music and wild tales of Urraca's haunted past at a campfire. Wake up early and hike to Inspiration Point for the sunrise and watch as first light hits the Tooth of Time. From there, make your way to Miners Park to test your rock climbing skills on several tough routes. Get plenty of rest and wake up early to side hike the Tooth of Time or ride horses, eat a chuckwagon dinner, and kick back at a cowboy campfire at Clark's Fork. From there, 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 Cimarron River Camp. Listen to and enjoy shooting the booming .50 caliber black powder rifles at Miranda. 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 on your way to climbing spar poles and cutting ties with the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Pueblano. Then, enjoy the view from Dean Skyline and camp at Elkhorn for the night. Test your climbing skills for the second time at Dean Cow before wrapping up your trek at Turkey Creek!

ITINERARY 33 - Super Strenuous

This is the only trek 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 at Sioux. 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 at Miranda and throw tomahawks. A two day stay at Ute Meadows 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 Cimarron River 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 from just east of Comanche Peak Camp, then side hike Comanche Peak and Mt. Phillips. Return to your 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 the North Fork Urraca Creek and be sure to fill up all of your water bottles. Hike over Shaefers Peak and the Tooth of Time on your way to a triumphant return to Base Camp!

ITINERARY 34 - Super Strenuous

This trek will enable your crew to climb over Philmont's two tallest peaks… Mount Phillips and Baldy Mountain! Drink a cool root beer at the Abreu cantina before resting by the banks of the Rayado River at Old Abreu Camp. Help the staff with a search and rescue mission at Carson Meadows and continue on to the Notch as you will have wonderful views of Rayado, Crater, and Lookout Peaks as you hike along the south side of the Rayado all the way to Fish Camp. Walk and fish the banks of the Agua Fria and Rayado Creeks just as Waite Phillips loved to do. Next, you'll see several enormous Douglas fir trees and learn how the old homesteaders survived in the mountains at Crooked Creek before camping at Wild Horse for the night. Get an early start the next morning and shoot .50 caliber black powder rifles at Clear Creek before summiting Mt. Phillips. Enjoy the downhill hike to Cypher's Mine, where you will learn mining and blacksmithing skills before a night of entertainment with the staff at The Stomp. Hike beautiful Sawmill Canyon or the North Fork Cimarroncito Creek on your way to Deer Lake Mesa Camp. Continue your journey north to participate in initiative games and challenge events at Head of Dean and work on a trail project with the Conservation Department near Baldy Skyline. Be amazed as you drop down into the pristine meadow at Copper Park. Your two day stay there will give your crew time to climb Baldy Mountain and visit historic Baldy Town. Next, you will climb spar poles and cut cross ties with the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Pueblano before hiking over Wilson Mesa to Rich Cabins. Enjoy the evening entertainment, beautiful surroundings, and crisp air before hiking over Hart Peak. Tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the ancient Ancestral Puebloan people around 1300 AD at Indian Writings and 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 35 - Super Strenuous

If your training hikes were a breeze and your crew is ready for Philmont's biggest challenge, this trek is 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 seeing the world's only confirmed T-Rex track! Watch a gorgeous sunset at House Canyon Camp and tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the ancient Ancestral Puebloan people prior to 1300 AD at Indian Writings. Test your navigation skills by taking beautiful Abran Canyon or hike the North Ponil to Seally Canyon. Help the Seally staff with a search and rescue mission that will challenge your crew to work together. Bushwhack the ridgeline to the north on your way to tour historic Ring Place. From there, hit 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.