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Photos needed Back 2016 Trek 17 Forward Virtual Tour


Rugged; Approximately 70 miles; Maps required: North, Valle


Start this rugged trek by seeing the only confirmed T-Rex track in the world! From there, be one of a 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 rappell 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, work on a trail project with the Conservation Department at Baldy Skyline before camping for two nights at one of Philmont's most beautiful camps, Ewells Park. Check to see if the southeast campsite is available so you can watch the sunset over Baldy while eating dinner. Get your rest and wake up early to climb over Baldy Mountain and visit historic Baldy Town. From Ewells, 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 take part in a search and rescue mission with the staff at Seally Canyon! Enjoy navigating across Beatty Lakes before crossing back onto Philmont property and staying at Cook Canyon for the night. Wake up early and hike to Ponil so you can sign up for Cowboy Action Shooting and horse rides, before eating a chuck wagon dinner and being entertained by a wonderful cantina show. Grab a cowboy breakfast on your way out of the backcountry. Next stop… Base Camp!

Dry Camps: Campos Heck;

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


Tyrannosaurus Rex Track Trail Camp (Always dry); 


Ranger Training Trail Camp (Always dry); 
3New Dean Rock Climbing & Rappelling @ Dean CowTrail Camp; (Showers; at Dean Cow)
4Pueblano Continental Tie & Lumber  


Company Meeting  


Conservation  
5Ewells Park Challenge Events @ Head of DeanTrail Camp; 
6Ewells Park Food Pickup @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)


Tour Historic Baldy Town @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 


Side Hike Baldy Mountain Trail Camp; 
7Upper Greenwood Blacksmithing @ French HenryLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 


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


Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
8Iris ParkLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
9Ring Place Astronomy Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Folk Weather Forecasting Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Food Pickup Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Mountain Biking @ Whiteman VegaCommissary; Low Impact Camp;  (Low Impact Camp; at Whiteman Vega)
10Horse Canyon Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine @ Seally CanyonTrail Camp; (Low Impact Camp; at Seally Canyon)
11Ponil Western Lore / Branding Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  


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)


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
Tyrannosaurus Rex Track at Six Mile Gate on day 2
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Baldy Town on day 6
Mine Tour at French Henry on day 7
Historic Homestead at Ring Place on day 9
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