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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  • Visited Philmont twice as an adult leader in a BSA troop. One trip was the traditional backpacking trek and the second was a horseback Cavalcade trek. Both were awesome experiences at a stunningly bea...  more »
  • Simply stopping here was a treat. What Boy Scout did not want to go to Philmont. Simply driving by the ranch and seeing what I missed out on was sad yet wonderful. Great to see what the Scouts experie...  more »
  • Several museums that tell the story of the Santa Fe trail. A training center that rivals big resorts and conference centers. Plus, a ranch that has camped over a million young men and women since it o...  more »
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  • The backpacking experience of a lifetime in beautiful wilderness! It was a really hard trip being 12 days and only being a handful of opportunities to shower along the way, but very rewarding. We did fun activities like horseback riding and shotgun shooting. Base camp is very nice, kind staff, good food, platform tents and hot showers. A must-do for any boy scout! BTW, if you get tired of backpacking food, there are a few places where trails cross a main highway in the mountains. We ordered pizza on the side of the road. It was great!
  • Philmont Scout Ranch is an amazing place with many great opportunities for youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America. Adults can participate in great educational conferences at the Philmont Training Center where they have great programs for children and spouses as well. The backpacking trips into the mountains are a truly life changing experience.The program camps provide many great opportunities and unique experiences. I have hiked many miles here and always amazed and the beauty around every corner.
  • How could you not love Philmont? Open sky. Amazing vistas. Personal growth opportunities. Simply amazing.
  • My crew had a great experience at Philmont. I highly recommend that if you get the chance to go that you do it, as a youth or adult. The staff was excellent and went out of their way to help us when several crew members had to leave due to medical issues. Best 12 days of my life. I want to go back to Philmont!
  • This is the premiere Boy Scout experience and not for those who have not physically prepared or without skills. Ten day treks of more than sixty miles of hiking in the mountains of New Mexico. "Scouting Paradise" in some of the most pristine and beautiful landscape, all while carrying your 50 pound world on your back!

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