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Photos needed Back 2017 Trek 29 Forward Virtual Tour

Strenuous; Approximately 79 miles; Maps required: North, Valle

This Valle Vidal itinerary will enable you to see an incredible assortment of wildlife, enormous grass filled vegas, gorgeous ponderosa pine stands, and rugged mountains to the 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 prior to 1300 CE at Indian Writings. From there, head up to Metcalf Station and on to Cook Canyon for the night. Work on a stream restoration project with the Conservation Department before hiking towards Whiteman Vega. The next morning, you will be treated to a mountain bike ride on one of New Mexico's best trails. Learn about weather forecasting at Ring Place on your way to Iris Park. Head south towards Philmont and camp at Greenwood Canyon for the night. Review all of the ground you covered in the Valle from Baldy Mountain! Visit historic Baldy Town and explore Lucien Maxwell’s best gold producing Aztec Mine at French Henry. Climb spar poles and cut railroad ties at Pueblano with the Continental Tie and Lumber Company. Your crew is sure to be entertained at their Company Meeting Campfire. Continue on to Ponil for Cowboy Action Shooting, branding, roping, a chuckwagon dinner, and a cantina show. Test your rock climbing and rappelling skills at Dean Cow. Reflect on your trip as you tour the Historic Chase Ranch. Next stop… Base Camp!

CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Trailbound Tent City Opening Campfire Commissary; Trading Post;  
2Indian Writings Bus to Six Mile GateShowers;  

Tyrannosaurus Rex Track @ Six Mile GateShowers;  

Tour Petroglyphs Showers;  

atlatl Showers;  

Archaeology Showers;  

Ranger Training Showers;  
3Cook Canyon Railroading @ Metcalf StationTrail Camp; 

Blacksmithing @ Metcalf StationTrail Camp; 
4Whiteman Vega Conservation @ Valle VidalLow Impact Camp;  
5Iris Park Mountain Biking @ Whiteman VegaLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; (Low Impact Camp; at Whiteman Vega)

Folk Weather Forecasting @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; (Commissary; Low Impact Camp; at Ring Place)

Food Pickup @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
6Greenwood Canyon Low Impact Camping Low Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
7Copper ParkTrail Camp; 
8Copper Park Side Hike Baldy Mountain Trail Camp; 

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

Assaying @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 

Food Pickup @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 
9Pueblano Mine Tour @ French Henry 

Gold Mining & Panning @ French Henry 

Blacksmithing @ French Henry 

Continental Tie & Lumber  
10Ponil 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;  
11Dean Cow Rock Climbing & Rappelling Showers;  
12Homebound Tent City Hike to Chase TurnaroundShowers; Trading Post;  

Tour Historic Chase Ranch @ Chase RanchShowers; Trading Post;  

Bus to Homebound Tent CityShowers; 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
Astronomy at Ring Place on day 5
Historic Homestead at Ring Place on day 5
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Baldy Town on day 8
Tour Historic Baldy Town at Baldy Town on day 8
Cantina at Ponil on day 10
Western Lore / Branding at Ponil on day 10
Hike over Hart Peak at Ponil on day 10
Gymkhana at Ponil on day 10
Cavalcade at Ponil on day 10
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Homebound Tent City on day 12
Seton Memorial Library and Philmont Museum at Homebound Tent City on day 12