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Challenging; Approximately 67 miles; Maps required: North, Valle

This Valle Vidal itinerary will enable you to see an incredible assortment of wildlife, enormous grass filled vegas, large ponderosa pine stands, and rugged mountains to the north of Philmont. You will also have the opportunity to let pack burros carry a portion of your gear! Start your trek with thought provoking initiative games and challenge events that will bring your crew together at Dan Beard. From there, you will help our staff with an important search and rescue mission at Seally Canyon. Navigate your crew over the north ridge and visit the historic Ring Place before riding some of the best mountain biking trails in northern New Mexico at Whiteman Vega. Work on a trail project with the Conservation Department and preview your Baldy Mountain ascent from the meadow on the north end of McCrystal Creek, as it is an unparalleled vantage point. Enjoy the serenity of Iris Park and Greenwood Canyon before continuing south back onto Philmont property. Take time to review all of the ground you covered in the Valle Vidal from Baldy’s northern ridgeline and peak! Visit French Henry and explore Lucien Maxwell’s gold producing Aztec Mine and historic Baldy Town. Shoot booming .50 caliber black powder rifles, pick up burros at Miranda, and camp at Baldy Skyline for the night. Enjoy the hike down the South Ponil Canyon or along Dean Skyline before dropping off your burros and capping off your trek at Ponil. Cowboy Action Shooting, boot branding, roping, a chuckwagon dinner, cantina show, horse rides, and a cowboy breakfast will leave your crew with amazing memories of their trek just before making the triumphant return to Base Camp!

CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Trailbound Tent City Opening Campfire Commissary; Trading Post;  
2Sioux Ranger Training Trail Camp; 

Bus to Ponil TurnaroundTrail Camp; 
3Dan Beard Challenge Events Low Impact Camp;  

Leave No Trace Training Low Impact Camp;  
4Seally Canyon Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine Low Impact Camp;  
5Whiteman Vega Historic Homestead @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  (Commissary; Low Impact Camp; at Ring Place)

Food Pickup @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  

Folk Weather Forecasting Low Impact Camp;  

Mountain Biking Low Impact Camp;  

Conservation Low Impact Camp;  
6Iris ParkLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 

Cross Country Hike via @ McCrystal CreekLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; (Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; at McCrystal Creek)
7Upper GreenwoodLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
8Baldy Town Food Pickup Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Blacksmithing @ French HenryCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Gold Mining & Panning @ French HenryCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
9Baldy Town Side Hike Baldy Mountain Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
10Baldy Skyline Muzzle Loading Rifles @ MirandaTrail Camp; 

Burro Packing @ MirandaTrail Camp; 
11Ponil Return Burros Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Western Lore / Branding Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Chuck Wagon Dinner Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Cantina Show Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Cowboy Action Shooting Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
12Homebound Tent City Horse Rides @ PonilShowers; Trading Post;  (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

Awards Campfire Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Ponil TurnaroundShowers; Trading Post;  
Warning: Itinerary details provided by PhilSearch are for planning purposes only.  Only the current year's "Treks" book and the addendums to it, if any, should be used for final trek selection.
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Program opportunities not included on the official itinerary

This list is not complete and is dependent on the route you take each day.
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Trailbound Tent City on day 1
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Trailbound Tent City on day 1
Leave No Trace Camping at Dan Beard on day 3
Astronomy at Ring Place on day 5
Folk Weather Forecasting at Ring Place on day 5
Mine Tour at French Henry on day 8
Tour Historic Baldy Town at Baldy Town on day 9
Mountain Man Rendezvous at Miranda on day 10
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Miranda on day 10 Double Dip
Cantina at Ponil on day 12
Western Lore / Branding at Ponil on day 12 Double Dip
Hike over Hart Peak at Ponil on day 12
Gymkhana at Ponil on day 12
Cavalcade at Ponil on day 12
Cowboy Action Shooting at Ponil on day 12 Double Dip
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Homebound Tent City on day 12
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Homebound Tent City on day 12