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Philmont Guidebook to Adventure

The 2013 Philmont Guidebook to Adventure is attached below for your early reference.

There is a magic spell at Philmont. Long ago the Indians felt it. Later Kit Carson, Lucien Maxwell, and other mountain men were captivated by Philmont Country. A century later, the late Mr. Waite Phillips found himself under its spell. His son, Elliott, and his cousins found it almost a necessity to return to Philmont during their high school and college
summer vacations.


Philmont is a national High Adventure base, owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America. Philmont is large, comprising 137,493 acres or about 215 square miles of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) range of the Rockies. Thirty-four staffed camps and seventy-one trail camps are operated by the ranch (four camps are in the national forest or on private land). Philmont has high mountains which dominate rough terrain with an elevation ranging from 6,500 to 12,441 feet.

Philmont has established special use permits with several neighbors:
  • US Forest Service - Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest
  • Barker Wildlife Management Area, New Mexico Game and Fish Department
  • Kimberlin’s Ponil Ranch
  • Rich Cabins/Greenwood Tract and Heck/Dean Tract of the Vermejo Ranch
Each neighbor has established specific use requirements. If your itinerary will pass through these lands, you will receive specific information during your orientation at Logistics. Each requires use of Leave No Trace techniques. These additional lands add about 85,000 acres for a total use areal of 222,000 acres.


Philmont has a unique history of ancient Indians who chiseled writings into canyon walls….Spanish conquistadors who explored the Southwest long before the first colonists arrived on the Atlantic coast….the rugged breed of mountain men like Kit Carson who blazed trails across this land….the great land barons like Lucien Maxwell who built ranchos along the Santa Fe Trail, and miners, loggers, and cowboys. All these people left their mark on Philmont.


Philmont is abundant with wildlife—deer, elk, coyote, antelope, mountain lion, buffalo, beaver, wild turkey, bear and others. Its hills and canyons teem with birds and its streams abound with fish. Its cool mountains harbor a wilderness of botany—trees, shrubs, flowers, and grasses.


Philmont is rich in natural beauty, including the soaring Tooth of Time….sunrise from lofty Mount Waite Phillips….the blue water of Cimarroncito Reservoir….the panoramic sweep of the plains from Urraca Mesa….and sunlight filtering through aspen along the rippling Rayado.

Ref: Philmont Guidebook to Adventure
Robert Brese,
Sep 1, 2013, 11:50 AM