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Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron

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Philmont Scout Ranch is a large, rugged, mountainous ranch located near the town of Cimarron, New Mexico, covering 140177acre of wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico. The ranch, formerly the property of oil baron Waite Phillips and now that of the Boy Scouts of America, is a National High Adventure Base in which crews of Scouts and Venturers take part in backpacking expeditions and other outdoor activities. It is the one of the largest youth camps in the world in land area. Between June 8 and August 22 around 23,000 Scouts and adult leaders backpack across the Ranch's extensive backcountry while over 1,130 seasonal staff personnel maintain the Ranch's summer operations.Philmont is also home to the Philmont Training Center and the Seton Museum. The Training Center is the primary location for BSA's national volunteer training programs. Philmont is also operated as a ranch, maintaining small herds of cattle, horses, burros and bison.The only documented Tyrannosaurus rex track in the world was discovered within the camp's boundaries in 1993 in North Ponil Canyon by the Anasazi Trail Camp. It was formally identified in 1994.Location and geographyPhilmont is located in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains of New Mexico. The closest village is Cimarron, New Mexico. The address of the ranch is usually given as 17 Deer Run Rd., Cimarron, NM, 87714. It is also about west-northwest of Springer, New Mexico, and southwest of Raton, New Mexico. Philmont is about across (east to west) at its widest point, and about long (north to south). There are no mountains to the south or east of Philmont. The interior of the ranch is mountainous but a small part of the eastern area is prairie.
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  • My wife trekked and worked at Philmont over five summers in the late 70s/early 80s. She wanted to take me since I had never been, so we diverted to Eastern New Mexico for a couple of days. I really en...  more »
  • This is definitely a once in a lifetime experience not to miss. You hike through the Sangre de Cristo mountains in New Mexico and travel between camps along the way. Some camps are specially themed. B...  more »
  • Beautiful, awesome training, great trading post, cool Museums on the Sante Fe trail, second highest peak in NM; lots of animals to see from the road including bison (Am buffalo). Be sure and tour the ...  more »
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  • If you want to see Philmont for it's beauty you need to go thier to see it for yourself. I have no regrets working on going there for 2 years none. I'm writing this as I'm coming back from the Grand Canyon. Which has gave me a new backpacking trip to plan
  • I have had two great treks here! Unfortunately the quality of the closing ceremony was cringy at best. I have many good memories here and tons of fantastic photos. Everyone should come here once if you're into scouting and the outdoors. My bus to pick up my crew from the trail was late so we missed the lunch at Basecamp.
  • Amazingly beautiful place to visit. Make sure to book a Villa tour and visit Philips Oil founders magnificent summer home. There is also the Seton Museum.
  • Just can't say enough about my adventure here as a teen. Scouting helped me in so many ways and Philmont was just one grand adventure. So much to learn and appreciate. Great training for the future! And thanks Mom and Dad for funding this for me!
  • Incredible opportunity of a life time. Well worth the cost. A must do for any scout.