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Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron

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4.9/5 based on 100 reviews on the web
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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  • Was not staying at the Philmont Scout Ranch but did drive through the property and got a good look at the meticulously maintained property just south of Cimarron, NM. It is very impressive and worth t...  read more »
  • I came here with my Boy Scout/Venture crew about four years ago and it was the time of my life. I would travel here again and again. The scenery was stunning and the hikes were amazing. We spent 11 da...  read more »
  • I was here as a Silverado during late September while my husband was attending training camp. This was my first time at Philmont and I hope it will not be my last. This camp is amazing and I highly re...  read more »
  • REVIEW OF BASECAMP: Had decent cell reception (on t-mobile), showers were generally clean, the tents were roomy and had a window, and it has 4 pokestops and a gym. OF MESS HALL: Food was good, it was clean, and it had scout accessible coffee. LPT, mix the coffee and hot chocolate, it tastes so good. OF TOOTH OF TIME TRADERS: Reasonably priced, quality gear. You could not bring anything to Philmont and buy all the gear needed for a trek. The staff was nice too, spotted me $0.17. OF TREKKING: I believe I had the most fun because it was backpacking, not necessarily because it was Philmont. The backcountry meals were not always the best for backpacking (I'm looking at you dinner 6. Really, popcorn?!) and had a lot of trash. You couldn't cook in bags so you had to carry big, heavy pots, one for cooking and one for cleaning. You also HAVE to use their stuff. We strong armed them into letting us use out jet boils and filter (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED), but they would not let us use our vinyl bucket for cleaning instead of a bulky and heavy pot for cleaning "because you can't put boiling water in it" despite us doing just that multiple times on practice Hikes and previous high adventures. They are also VERY stringent on where you pee. With how stringent they are, your tap water probably has more pee in it. All in all, the way they told us to backpack was very frustrating. Also, t-mobile coverage is 10x better in the backcountry than at&t or even Verizon. OF PROGRAM: How many other 16 year olds can say they've laid a railroad track?
  • When I first thought of going to Philmont I didn't think I would like the place. Hot, dry and didn't think I would like the place. Boy! was I wrong about that. I said to myself at the very end that I need another week of it. It was so great I am planning on going next year again. Thanks Philmont staff you made my stay very enjoyable and fun I felt like a kid again. See you next year.
  • Great trip to see different sites. Memorable experience seeing Tooth of Time, Baldy, & Ponil. Rained a lot important to have the correct gear.
  • Great High Adventure Camp. Have tons of great memories from the trek. I did it in 2016. My trek number was 627-P2 and I went with Troop 14/Crew 2014 from Phoenix, Az. Our itinerary number was 28. I Highly recommend doing a trek at Philmont.
  • I'm lucky enough to have experienced Philmont, 4 times. 3x as a Scout (86', 88', 90'), and once as an adult leader (96'). I cannot say enough about what the place means to a Scout, and the memories that he'll carry with him for the rest of his life. I can STILL remember the sights, sounds and smells, from my 1st trip in 1986. Yes, it's still with me to this day. I've been involved in the same troop since 1985 (to present), and I can honestly say, that I'd not be the man I am today without the troop, the BSA program, and Philmont. If you can afford to send your boy, and maybe even go yourself, I HIGHLY recommend you do so. Send the boy FOR SURE. It'll stay with him his whole life, and keep giving him fond memories for the rest of his life. Truly magical place. Staff... awesome. Hiking... 2nd to none. Food... crap (but that's part of the experience! and it's really not all that bad). Memories... priceless & forever. Please... send your boy. He will never forget, and will thank you for the rest of his life. Carl B. T-1332, Spring, TX (S.H.A.C.)
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