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Challenging; Approximately 39 miles; Maps required: north; No KMZ data available
Treks BookTrek 904


This far north, nine-day trek, brings you from the oldest footprints on Philmont to the more recent boot prints of the cowboy west. In addition to examples of footwear, your crew will experience tracks of a different kind – from artifact metal rails to rubber impressed trails. Your crew’s first backcountry highlight is visiting the T-Rex track, which will transport you to a time when sandy beaches were the landscape and dinosaurs hiked these trails. Your Philmont Ranger will still be with you as your crew continues through Indian Writings camp and a tour of the Ancestral Puebloan petroglyphs. Try to spot them from the valley as if you were a passenger on the trains that also inhabited these trails. From the petroglyphs, you’ll follow these relic train routes through the North Ponil Canyon. At Metcalf Station, your crew will move from trails to rails. Work as a laborer on these tracks and gain an appreciation for your modern world struggles. From here, you’ll leave the metal train tracks and begin trekking toward tracks made from robber. The Valle Vidal tract of land includes a remote mountain bike camp called Whiteman Vega. Whether you’ve never ridden a bike or are a downhill expert, the team at this northernmost camp will help you grind the gears. On day six, your crew will complete a conservation project before heading south to Seally Canyon. On the surface, Philmont’s nationally renowned Conservation Department will open your eyes to see the work you never knew went into outdoor recreation. On a deeper level, your crew will be given ownership and responsibility - learning to respect the land, shoulder their fair of the burden, and hard work is its own reward. Next, learn a variety of Search and Rescue tactics from the incident command post at Seally Canyon, and learn about lost person behavior, wilderness medicine, and more. Challenge course events await you as you pass through Dan Beard, where you can hone your skills as a team working together to overcome a variety of obstacles. Your last day is downhill as you head for the final roundup, Cowboy Action Shooting, and horse rides at Ponil western lore camp. Reflect on the vast history of Philmont Scout Ranch and the many rails, trails, tracks, and footprints you’ve witnessed, including yours, as you make your way back to base from the Poni Trailhead!

Dry Camps: Rabbit Ear; Unique Campsite: Beatty Lakes; Whiteman Vega; Seally Canyon; Rabbit Ear;

DayCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1CHQ Trailbound Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2Anasazi Tyrannosaurus Rex Track Trail Camp; 


Ranger Training Trail Camp; 


Bus to Six Mile GateTrail Camp; 


Food Pickup @ CHQ TrailboundTrail Camp; (Commissary; Showers; Trading Post; at CHQ Trailbound)
3Metcalf Station Archaeology @ Indian Writings (Showers; at Indian Writings)


Petroglyphs Tour @ Indian Writings 


Railroading  


Blacksmithing  


Campfire  
4Beatty LakesLow Impact Camp; Trail Camp; 
5Whiteman Vega Food Pickup @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  (Commissary; Low Impact Camp; at Ring Place)


Folk Weather Forecasting @ Ring PlaceLow Impact Camp;  


Mountain Biking Low Impact Camp;  
6Seally Canyon Search & Rescue / Wilderness Medicine Low Impact Camp;  


Conservation Project @ Whiteman VegaLow Impact Camp;  (Low Impact Camp; at Whiteman Vega)
7Rabbit Ear Challenge Events @ Dan BeardTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Low Impact Camp; at Dan Beard)
8Ponil Cowboy Action Shooting Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  


Chuck Wagon Dinner Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  


Cantina Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  


Campfire Commissary; Trading Post; Showers;  
9CHQ Homebound Horse Rides @ PonilCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Ponil)


Awards Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  


Hike to Ponil TrailheadCommissary; 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.
Tyrannosaurus Rex Track at Six Mile Gate on day 2
Visit the Villa Philmonte at CHQ Trailbound on day 2
National Scouting Museum at CHQ Trailbound on day 2
Atl Atl Darts at Indian Writings on day 3
Morse Code at Metcalf Station on day 3
Astronomy at Ring Place on day 5
Historic Homestead at Ring Place on day 5
Side Hike to McCrystal Creek Ruins at Ring Place on day 5
Mountain Biking at Whiteman Vega on day 6
Leave No Trace Training at Dan Beard on day 7
Cantina at Ponil on day 9
Western Lore / Branding at Ponil on day 9
Cantina Show at Ponil on day 9
Climb Hart Peak at Ponil on day 9
Gymkhana at Ponil on day 9
Cavalcade at Ponil on day 9
Cowboy Action Shooting at Ponil on day 9
Visit the Villa Philmonte at CHQ Homebound on day 9
National Scouting Museum at CHQ Homebound on day 9