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Rugged; Approximately 68 miles; Maps required: South, North
/KML/2019/12 Day-23.KMZRoute 23

This Valle Vidal itinerary will enable you to see an incredible assortment of wildlife, enormous grass filled vegas, gorgeous ponderosa pine stands, and the rugged mountains North of Philmont. Start off by seeing the world’s first confirmed T-Rex track… it's right here in the North Ponil Canyon. Tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the ancient Ancestral Puebloan people at Indian Writings. From there, head up to Metcalf Station and on to Cook Canyon for the night. Enjoy a long journey through the Valle Vidal as you hike up through Dan Beard to get to Seally Canyon. Off to Ring Place the next morning, where you will complete your conservation project, then head to Whiteman Vega, where you will be treated to a mountain bike ride on one of New Mexico's best mountain biking trails. The next leg of your journey takes you to Iris Park for some rest before heading south the next day towards Philmont and camping at Upper Greenwood for the night. Be ready for a big day, as you hike towards Copper Park, with a side hike to summit Philmont’s tallest peak: Baldy Mountain! While on top, review all of the ground you covered in the Valle from Baldy Mountain! Explore Lucien Maxwell’s best gold producing Aztec Mine at French Henry and make a quick stop at historic Baldy Town before heading to the Mountain Man Rendezvous at Miranda. Pick up your burro and learn to pack him properly before heading to Pueblano for some spar pole climbing and railroad tie making with the Continental Tie & Lumber Co. Your crew is sure to be entertained at their Company Meeting Campfire. Continue on to Ponil for Cowboy Action Shooting, branding, roping, a Chuck wagon dinner, and a cantina show. Reflect on your trip as you load the bus at the Ponil Trailhead and on your way back to Base Camp.

CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters TB Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Anasazi Tyrannosaurus Rex Track Trail Camp; 

Ranger Training Trail Camp; 
3Cook Canyon Tour Petroglyphs @ Indian WritingsTrail Camp; (Showers; at Indian Writings)

Archaeology @ Indian WritingsTrail Camp; 

Railroading @ Metcalf StationTrail Camp; 

Blacksmithing @ Metcalf StationTrail Camp; 
4Seally Canyon Challenge Events @ Dan BeardLow Impact Camp;  (Low Impact Camp; at Dan Beard)

Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine Low Impact Camp;  
5Whiteman Vega Folk Weather Forecasting @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  (Commissary; Low Impact Camp; at Ring Place)

Food Pickup @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  
6Iris Park Mountain Biking @ Whiteman VegaLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; (Low Impact Camp; at Whiteman Vega)
7Upper Greenwood Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
8Copper Park Side Hike Baldy Mountain Trail Camp; 
9Miranda Gold Mining & Panning @ French Henry 

Mine Tour @ French Henry 

Mining History @ Baldy Town (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Food Pickup @ Baldy Town 

Muzzle Loading Rifles  

Mountain Man Rendezvous  
10Pueblano Burro Packing @ Miranda 

Continental Tie & Lumber  

spar pole climbing  
11Ponil Return Burros Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Cowboy Action Shooting Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Chuck Wagon Dinner Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Cantina Show Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
12Camping Headquarters HB Western Lore / Branding @ PonilCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)

Hike to Ponil TrailheadCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  

Awards Campfire Commissary; 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 Camping Headquarters TB on day 1
National Scouting Museum at Camping Headquarters TB on day 1
Astronomy at Ring Place on day 5
Historic Homestead at Ring Place on day 5
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Baldy Town on day 9 Double Dip
Tour Historic Baldy Town at Baldy Town on day 9
Blacksmithing at French Henry on day 9
Muzzle Loading Rifles at Miranda on day 10 Double Dip
Mountain Man Rendezvous at Miranda on day 10 Double Dip
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Miranda on day 10 Double Dip
Cantina 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 Camping Headquarters HB on day 12
National Scouting Museum at Camping Headquarters HB on day 12