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Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron

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Wildlife Area
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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TripAdvisor
  • 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 »
  • This is a cool place even if you are not a boy scout! Stop by the trading post the entire place is organized and structured there are boy scouts everywhere you turn despite being in the middle of no w...  more »
  • The biggest recommendation I can give is that your group can do more than you think. We did a Rugged 73 miler over 12 days and had a great time. We were ready to be done at the end but it was totally ...  more »
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  • Had the best time of my life out here in '93 and 97' wishing today's youth and campers would bring only maybe two electronic devices a camera and flashlight. Times have changed so much with technology. This place I recommend to everyone to get away from always being on a device. Get some great exercise. And see things in real life you'll probably never see. Like snow in June or July back side of Mount badly!
  • Love coming to Philmont scout ranch. We always have great guides and I love being in the back country. Philmont is one of the reasons I love being involved in Boy Scouts.
  • One of the best experiences I'll ever have in my life. Great hikes, great activities, and friendly staff in the camps make this a worthwhile destination. Cannot recommend enough.
  • Love this place to death. Went here with my Boy Scout crew and made so many memories that we will never forget. Great place for hiking, camping, and making memories with your friends, plus the sky is just beautiful at night time!
  • Can't believe there are so few reviews. This place is amazing! CHeck out the Tobasco Donkeys, and don't forget to get a Philmont Beltbuckle, belt, and Map before y'all hit the trail. And watch out for minibears!