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Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron

#13 of 51 in Wildlife in New Mexico
Must see · Nature / Park · Ranch
Philmont Scout Ranch is a ranch located in Colfax County, New Mexico, near the village of Cimarron; it covers 140,177 acres (219 sq mi; 567 km²) of wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains. Donated by oil baron Waite Phillips, the ranch is owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America. It is a National High Adventure Base where crews of Scouts and Venturers take part in backpacking treks and other outdoor activities. By land area, it is one of the largest youth camps in the world. During the season, between June 8 and August 22, an estimated 22,000 Scouts and adult leaders backpack through the Ranch's extensive backcountry. More than 1,130 seasonal staff are responsible for the Ranch's summer operations.

Philmont is also home to the Philmont Training Center, the National Scouting Museum and the Seton Memorial Library. The Training Center is the primary location for BSA's national volunteer training programs. Philmont is a working 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.
There are three other high adventure camps that the BSA owns and maintains: the Northern Tier National High Adventure Bases in Minnesota, as well as Manitoba and Ontario in Canada; Florida National High Adventure Sea Base in the Florida Keys; and Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in southern West Virginia.

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  • I was a camper at Philmont over 50 years ago. I wanted to stop by to see what how it was, and show family what an experience I had. The staff was extremely friendly, but being the season not much...  more »
  • We returned here to the site where my husband backpacked as an Eagle Scout decades ago. While the scars of the Ute fire are still evident there is MUCH beauty to be seen. The grounds of the base...  more »
  • I've been one time and it was spectacular. The views where astonishing and the experience was unlike any I'd ever seen. As I post this I am actually heading there again to go on a different trek. This is the kind of place that you there over and over. As a side note the people staffing the facilities where very nice people and the places themselves where clean and perfect.
  • A great experience in 1970 led to life as a Forester with a Purdue degree in 1977, a fine life for someone of my ilk.

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