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Rugged; Approximately 69 miles; Maps required: North, South; No KMZ data available


This RUGGED trek offers breathtaking views on a grand and intimate scale. Begins with a scenic bus ride through the pyric ecosystem of Cimarron Canyon and subsequent regrowth from the 2018 Ute Park fire. Your first night is with your Ranger, at Maxwell, which is at 8,460ft. Your ascension continues to Head of Dean, where the staff will level-up your team with valuable conflict resolution skills. Let the excitement of the Continental Tie & Lumber Co. spur your crew into an early start towards Pueblano before crossing Wilson Mesa and the meandering waters of Middle Ponil Creek to bed down at the Rich Cabins homestead. Milk the cow, chase the chickens, and enjoy the Rich family gathering at night before setting forth the next morning into the Valle Vidal. Enjoy the Earth’s magnificent geology as you hike along steep cliffs and the flowing stream that created them as you head to Middle Ponil Low Impact Camp for a night of rest. In June, climb Ash Mountain and in July and August, climb Little Costilla or Ash Mountain…or both! (Little Costilla is closed in June for elk calving season.) Continue your trek through Windy Gap to McCrystal Creek Low Impact Camp for an unparalleled view of the Philmont skyline. The next day will give you the opportunity to learn about the history of Ring Place, or ride some outstanding mounting biking trails with the staff at Whiteman Vega. As your crew returns south, they may be called upon to assist the staff assist with search and rescue exercises by Seally Canyon’s incident command post. Make your way to Metcalf Station to drive some spikes and learn about the railroading history of the North Ponil, then on to the archeological site at Indian Writings where you can help decipher the ancient petroglyphs and complete your conservation project. One more breathtaking view will be enjoyed up and over Hart Peak, before you reach the original Base Camp, Ponil. Lasso a tall drink of Root Beer at the local saloon…this cantina gets lively at night and you won’t want to miss the action. Circle the wagons and follow the dinner bell for an authentic chuck wagon supper, then off to the Cantina Show for a raucous evening of music and festivities. The last roundup returns you to the Ponil Trailhead as you hop the bus to the present era and modern amenities found at Base Camp!

Trek
Day
CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters TB Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Maxwell Bus to Express TrailheadTrail Camp; 


Ranger Training Trail Camp; 
3Head of Dean Challenge Events  
4Rich Cabins Continental Tie & Lumber Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Hike over Wilson Mesa Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Homesteading Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Food Pickup Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  
5Middle Ponil Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp;  
6Middle Ponil Side Hike Little Costilla and/or Ash Mountain Low Impact Camp;  
7McCrystal Creek Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
8Seally Canyon Mountain Biking @ Whiteman VegaLow Impact Camp;  (Low Impact Camp; at Whiteman Vega)


Food Pickup @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  (Commissary; Low Impact Camp; at Ring Place)


Folk Weather Forecasting @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  
9Cook Canyon Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine @ Seally CanyonTrail Camp; (Low Impact Camp; at Seally Canyon)
10Indian Writings Railroading @ Metcalf StationShowers;  


Blacksmithing @ Metcalf StationShowers;  


Tour Petroglyphs Showers;  


Archaeology Showers;  


atlatl Showers;  
11Ponil Conservation @ Indian WritingsCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;  (Showers; at Indian Writings)


Western Lore / Branding Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  


Cantina Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  


Chuck Wagon Dinner Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  


Cantina Show Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
12Camping Headquarters HB 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
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Camping Headquarters TB on day 1
Astronomy at Ring Place on day 8
Historic Homestead at Ring Place on day 8
Archaeology at Indian Writings on day 11 Double Dip
Tour Petroglyphs at Indian Writings on day 11 Double Dip
Hike over Hart Peak at Ponil on day 11
Gymkhana at Ponil on day 11
Cavalcade at Ponil on day 11
Cowboy Action Shooting at Ponil on day 11
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Camping Headquarters HB on day 12
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Camping Headquarters HB on day 12