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Photos needed Back 2016 Trek 20 Forward Virtual Tour

Rugged; Approximately 75 miles; Maps required: North, Valle

This Valle Vidal itinerary will enable your crew to see an incredible assortment of wildlife, enjoy enormous grass filled vegas, hike through beautiful ponderosa pine stands, and view the rugged mountains to the north of Philmont! You will also have the opportunity to let pack burros carry a portion of your gear! Start off by seeing the world’s only confirmed T-Rex track and tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the Ancestral Puebloan people at Indian Writings. Be one of the first crews to experience Philmont's newest staff camp, Metcalf Station! Hear the pinging of hammers echo off the canyon walls and enjoy music in the evening. Continue on and help the staff with an important search and rescue at Seally Canyon. You will then visit the historic Ring Place for folk weather forecasting and then to Whiteman Vega to ride some of New Mexico's finest mountain biking trails. Work with the Conservation Department on the bike trail before hiking west across the mesa to visit the ruins at the top of McCrystal Creek. Enjoy an unparalleled opportunity to view Philmont's skyline from the north meadow. Hike through Beatty Lakes on your way to Dan Beard for challenge events that are sure to bring your crew together. Next, enjoy Cowboy Action Shooting, branding, roping, a chuckwagon dinner, cantina show, horse rides, and a cowboy breakfast at Ponil! Pick up pack burros and you'll be off to climb spar poles with the Continental Tie and Lumber Company at Pueblano. Shoot booming .50 caliber black powder rifles and side hike Baldy Mountain from Miranda before reflecting on the journey while wathcing the Sunset at Santa Claus. Hike down Bear Canyon. Next stop... Base Camp!

CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Trailbound Tent City Opening Campfire Commissary; Trading Post;  
2Anasazi Tyrannosaurus Rex Track Trail Camp; 

Ranger Training Trail Camp; 

Bus to Six Mile GateTrail Camp; 
3Metcalf Station Tour Petroglyphs @ Indian Writings (Showers; at Indian Writings)

atlatl @ Indian Writings 

Morse Code  



Evening Campfire  
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;  
6Dan Beard Challenge Events Low Impact Camp;  

Hike via Iris Park & Beatty Lakes Low Impact Camp;  
7Ponil Cowboy Action Shooting Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Chuck Wagon Dinner Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Cantina Show Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Food Pickup Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Western Lore / Branding Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
8Elkhorn Horse Rides @ PonilTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

Burro Packing @ PonilTrail Camp; 
9Miranda Return Burros  


Muzzle Loading Rifles  

Mountain Man Rendezvous  
10Miranda Tour Historic Baldy Town @ Baldy Town (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Food Pickup @ Baldy Town 

Side Hike Baldy Mountain  
11Santa ClausTrail Camp; 
12Homebound Tent City Awards Campfire Showers; Trading Post;  

Hike to Bear Canyon 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
Archaeology at Indian Writings on day 3
Astronomy at Ring Place on day 5
Folk Weather Forecasting at Ring Place on day 5
Leave No Trace Camping at Dan Beard on day 6
Cantina at Ponil on day 8
Western Lore / Branding at Ponil on day 8 Double Dip
Hike over Hart Peak at Ponil on day 8
Gymkhana at Ponil on day 8
Cavalcade at Ponil on day 8
Cowboy Action Shooting at Ponil on day 8 Double Dip
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Baldy Town on day 10
Muzzle Loading Rifles at Miranda on day 10 Double Dip
Mountain Man Rendezvous at Miranda on day 10 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