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Challenging; Approximately 54 miles; Maps required: South
/KML/2019/12 Day-03.KMZRoute 3

This Shooting Trek offers a variety of great program elements, as well as a chance to summit Philmont's highest peak. Your adventure begins at Six-mile Trailhead with a short hike to see the first confirmed T-Rex footprint in the world. The North Ponil is a timeline in history as you make your way to see the petroglyphs and archeological sites at Indian Writings. Next up will be a challenging day of hiking, but the views from Hart Peak and Dean Skyline are worth it. Shoot over to the newly reopened Santa Claus Camp where you can load your own 12-gauge Shotgun shells and then head to the trap range and test your shooting skills. Be ready to face the challenges presented by by the facilitators at Head of Dean as they run your crew through a series of elements designed to build teamwork. The next day will take you through the Continental Tie and Lumber Co. at Pueblano where you can climb spar poles and make rail ties before heading to camp at Pueblano Ruins. Be sure to check out their campfire on this night or your last night, it’s worth the short hike! Your layover at Black Horse Camp will be focused on exploring the mining history of the area and hiking Philmont's highest peak: Baldy Mountain. After topping out at Baldy, make sure to pass through Copper Park and visit the Aztec Mine at French Henry for a quick tour and some blacksmithing. The following day will take you through Miranda where you will meet up with fur trappers at their rendezvous for muzzle loading rifles and tomahawks. Here you will receive your own burro and learn how to pack him properly before camping at Baldy Skyline, which offers a view of the peak you just conquered! Take good care of your burro, he will help get you down to Flume Canyon and eventually to Ponil. Feel what it was like to be in an old west town, take aim at the Cowboy Action Shooting range, ride horses, and enjoy a hearty Chuck Wagon dinner. Celebrate with a cold root beer and prepare for the raucous Cantina Show to top off the day! Your last morning will have you hiking to the Ponil Trailhead, where a short bus ride returns you to Base Camp to celebrate your adventure before heading home.

CampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1Camping Headquarters TB Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Indian Writings Tour Petroglyphs Showers;  

Ranger Training Showers;  
3Dean Skyline atlatl @ Indian WritingsTrail Camp; (Showers; at Indian Writings)
4Santa Claus Shotgun shooting/reloading - 12 Gauge  
5Head of Dean Challenge Events  
6Pueblano Ruins Continental Tie & Lumber @ PueblanoTrail Camp; 

spar pole climbing @ PueblanoTrail Camp; 

Evening Campfire @ PueblanoTrail Camp; 
7Black Horse Mining History @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Assaying @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 

Food Pickup @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; 
8Black Horse Side Hike Baldy Mountain Trail Camp; 

Gold Mining & Panning @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Mine Tour @ French HenryTrail Camp; 

Blacksmithing @ French HenryTrail Camp; 
9Baldy Skyline Burro Packing @ MirandaTrail Camp; 

Mountain Man Rendezvous @ MirandaTrail Camp; 

Muzzle Loading Rifles @ MirandaTrail Camp; 

Tomahawks @ MirandaTrail Camp; 
10Flume Canyon Campsite Trail Camp; 
11Ponil Return Burros Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Conservation Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Western Lore / Branding Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Cantina Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Horse Rides Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  

Chuck Wagon Dinner Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
12Camping Headquarters HB Cowboy Action Shooting @ 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
Archaeology at Indian Writings on day 3
Tour Petroglyphs at Indian Writings on day 3 Double Dip
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Baldy Town on day 7 Double Dip
Tour Historic Baldy Town at Baldy Town on day 7
Side Hike Baldy Mountain at Miranda on day 9 Double Dip
Cantina at Ponil on day 12 Double Dip
Western Lore / Branding at Ponil on day 12 Double Dip
Hike over Hart Peak at Ponil on day 12
Gymkhana at Ponil on day 12
Cavalcade at Ponil on day 12
Visit the Villa Philmonte at Camping Headquarters HB on day 12
National Scouting Museum at Camping Headquarters HB on day 12