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Photos needed Back 2017 Trek 16 Forward Virtual Tour

Rugged; Approximately 68 miles; Maps required: South

Start this rugged trek by seeing the first confirmed T-Rex track in the world! From there, be one of the few crews to camp at Campos Canyon, located on the Heck Tract of Ted Turner's Vermejo Park Ranch. You will hike past bizarre rock outcroppings on your way to rock climb and rappel at Dean Cow, before camping at New Dean for the night. Hike to Head of Dean and test your crew skills with initiative games and challenge course events that will encourage your crew to work together. From there spend two nights in historic mining district of Baldy Town. Get your rest and wake up early to climb over Baldy Mountain. Visit French Henry to explore Lucien Maxwell’s best gold producing Aztec Mine. Then, take in the view from Copper Park before hiking to Upper Greenwood Canyon for the night. Head northeast into the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest to experience the incredible ponderosa pine stands and some of the most heavily populated elk habitat in the southwest. Camp at Iris Park and Ring Place, but be sure to mountain bike at Whiteman Vega and lend a hand on a stream restoration project. Take part in a search and rescue mission with the staff at Seally Canyon before navigating across Beatty Lakes, back onto Philmont property, and up to Horse Canyon Camp for the night. Wake up early and hike to Ponil so you can sign up for Cowboy Action Shooting, before eating a chuckwagon dinner and being entertained by a wonderful cantina show. Enjoy horse rides on your way out of the backcountry!

Dry Camps: Campos Heck;

CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Trailbound Tent City Opening Campfire Commissary; Trading Post;  
2Campos Heck Bus to Six Mile GateTrail Camp (Always dry); 

Tyrannosaurus Rex Track @ Six Mile GateTrail Camp (Always dry); 

Low Impact Camping Trail Camp (Always dry); 

Ranger Training Trail Camp (Always dry); 
3New Dean Rock Climbing & Rappelling Trail Camp; 
4Head of Dean Challenge Events  
5Baldy Town Mining History Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Assaying Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Food Pickup Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
6Baldy Town Side Hike Baldy Mountain Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
7Upper Greenwood Mine Tour @ French HenryLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 

Gold Mining & Panning @ French HenryLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 

Blacksmithing @ French HenryLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 

Water @ Copper ParkLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; (Trail Camp; at Copper Park)

Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
8Iris Park Low Impact Camping @ Upper GreenwoodLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; (Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; at Upper Greenwood)
9Ring Place Conservation Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Mountain Biking @ Whiteman VegaCommissary; Low Impact Camp;  (Low Impact Camp; at Whiteman Vega)

Folk Weather Forecasting Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Astronomy Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  
10Horse Canyon Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine @ Seally CanyonTrail Camp; (Low Impact Camp; at Seally Canyon)

Water Trail Camp; 
11Ponil Cowboy Action Shooting Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Chuck Wagon Dinner Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Cantina Show Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
12Homebound Tent City Horse Rides @ PonilShowers; Trading Post;  (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

Hike to Ponil TurnaroundShowers; Trading Post;  

Bus to Homebound Tent CityShowers; Trading Post;  

Awards Campfire Showers; 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
Tour Historic Baldy Town at Baldy Town on day 6
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Copper Park on day 7 Double Dip
Historic Homestead at Ring Place on day 9
Cantina at Ponil on day 12
Western Lore / Branding at Ponil on day 12
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