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

This intense trek covers a lot of ground in Philmont’s rugged North and Central Country. Start your trek by seeing the world’s only confirmed T-Rex track… it’s right here in the North Ponil Valley! You will then be able to see the fascinating petroglyphs, archaeological sites, and artifacts left by the Ancestral Puebloan people at Indian Writings before camping at Horse Canyon for the night. Stop by Dan Beard to participate in initiative games and challenge events that will require your crew to work together. Next, you will learn how to homestead and be treated to an evening of entertainment at Rich Cabins. Be sure to enjoy the hike and views from Wilson Mesa while on your way to beautiful Pueblano Ruins. The hike up the South Ponil is beautiful! You'll learn to blacksmith at French Henry, explore Lucien Maxwell’s Aztec Mine, and be amazed when a beautiful view greets you as you walk down into Copper Park. Your two day stay will enable you to climb Baldy Mountain, visit historic Baldy Town, and enjoy the cool evenings at 10,500 feet. In the following days, you will journey south to Santa Claus and help work on a trail project with the Conservation Department near Visto Grande Camp. Hike over Deer Lake Mesa and check out the new rock climbing routes at Cimarroncito. Be sure to test your skills in the rock gym and on the climbing wall. Tour Waite Phillips Hunting Lodge and visit the Demonstration Forest on your way to Clarks Fork for roping and branding. Continue on to Tooth Ridge Camp, and meet your final challenge… The Tooth of Time!

Dry Camps: Deer Lake Mesa; Tooth Ridge;

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 Conservation @ Indian Writings (Showers; at Indian Writings)

Tour Petroglyphs @ Indian Writings 


Morse Code  


Evening Campfire  
4Rich Cabins Evening Campfire Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Food Pickup Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  

Homesteading Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  
5Pueblano Ruins Company Meeting @ PueblanoTrail Camp; 

Hike over Wilson Mesa Trail Camp; 
6Copper Park Gold Mining & Panning @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Blacksmithing @ French HenryTrail Camp; 
7Copper Park Tour Historic Baldy Town @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Food Pickup @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 

Side Hike Baldy Mountain Trail Camp; 
8Head of Dean Challenge Events  
9Deer Lake MesaTrail Camp (Usually dry); 
10Cimarroncito Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  

Bouldering Wall Showers;  

Climbing Gym Showers;  

Food Pickup @ Ute Gulch CommissaryShowers;  (Commissary; Trading Post; at Ute Gulch Commissary)
11Tooth Ridge Western Lore / Branding @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Always dry); (Showers; at Clarks Fork)

Water @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Always dry); 

Tour Hunting Lodge @ Hunting LodgeTrail Camp (Always dry); 

Visit Demonstration Forest @ Demonstration ForestTrail Camp (Always dry); 
12Homebound Tent City Hike in via Tooth Ridge Trail Showers; 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
Tyrannosaurus Rex Track at Six Mile Gate on day 2
Archaeology at Indian Writings on day 3
Leave No Trace Camping at Rich Cabins on day 4
Continental Tie & Lumber at Pueblano on day 5
Mine Tour at French Henry on day 6
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Baldy Town on day 7
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock at Cimarroncito on day 10
Advanced Rock Climbing Instruction at Cimarroncito on day 10
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock at Hunting Lodge on day 11
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Homebound Tent City on day 12
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Homebound Tent City on day 12