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Philmont is a national camping area, 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 range of the Rockies. Thirty-two staffed and over fifty unstaffed camps are operated at the ranch. Philmont has high mountains which dominate rough terrain with an elevation ranging from 6,500 to 12,441 feet.

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 ranches 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 Uracca Mesa...and sunlight fluttering through aspen along the rippling Rayado.

Philmont provides an unforgettable adventure in sky-high backpacking country along hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails. Program features combine the best of the old West: horseback riding, burro packing, gold panning, chuck wagon dinners, and interpretive history, with exciting challenges for today: rock climbing, mountain biking, and .30-06 rifle shooting: in an unbeatable recipe for fast-moving fun and outdoors.

Phimont means camping with your own unit as well as meeting and sharing experiences with other crews from all over America and from other countries. This is an opportunity for fellowship and understanding unequalled anywhere in America.

When you come to Philmont, take advantage of these opportunities. It is one of the best investments you will make--the returns are great!

Philmont Scout Ranch-BSA, Cimarron, New Mexico


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