Compare 2013 Trek 20 to 2012 Trek 24

2013 description: 'Be one of the first crews to hike into beautiful Campos Canyon in the second year of our land use agreement with Ted Turner’s Vermejo Park Ranch. You will then hike through rugged country full of very cool and bizarre rock outcroppings on your way to rock climb at Dean Cow. Hike up Dean Canyon and then test your crew skills with initiative games and challenge course events at Head of Dean. From there, you will visit French Henry and explore Lucien Maxwell’s best gold producing Aztec Mine. You will be amazed to see Baldy Mountain so close when you enter the pristine meadow at Copper Park. A two day stay will enable you to climb Baldy and visit historic Baldy Town. The second half of this trek will take you into Greenwood Canyon and on to Rich Cabins where you will learn about homesteading in the Wild West. Head north into the Valle Vidal to incredible ponderosa pine forests and some of the most heavily populated elk habitat in the southwest. Be sure to watch the sunset illuminate the sky and Little Costilla with thousands of colors from Beatty Lakes. Keep an eye out for other wildlife while hiking down Abran Canyon. Cap off your trip by touring the fascinating petroglyphs left by the ancient Ancestral Puebloan people at Indian Writings and by seeing the world’s only known T-Rex track… its right here in the North Ponil Canyon!'

2012 description: 'This Valle Vidal itinerary will enable you to camp where few other Philmont treks go, see an incredible assortment of wildlife, enjoy enormous grass filled vegas, hike through healthy ponderosa pine stands, and view the rugged mountains to the north of Philmont. You will also have the opportunity to let pack burros carry a portion of your gear! Start off by seeing the world’s only known T-Rex track and tour the fascinating petroglyphs left by the ancient Ancestral Puebloan people at Indian Writings. From there, you will help our staff with a search and rescue at Seally Canyon. You will then visit the historic Ring Ranch for some folk weather forecasting and head to Whiteman Vega to ride some of the best mountain biking trails in northern New Mexico. You will be the only crew that has a chance to camp alongside McCrystal Creek while you enjoy the unparalleled opportunity to preview Baldy Mountain from the northern meadow. Make your way south back to Dan Beard for initiative games and challenge events that will bring your crew together. Next, you will be off to enjoy Cowboy Action Shooting, boot branding, roping, a chuck wagon dinner, cantina show, horse rides, and a cowboy breakfast at Ponil! The Continental Tie and Lumber Company will then welcome you to their camp at Pueblano. You will climb spar poles, cut cross ties, and enjoy the music/stories at the “Company Meeting” campfire. From there, head to the Mountain Man Rendezvous at Miranda. You’ll shoot booming .50 caliber black powder rifles, side hike Baldy Mountain, explore Lucien Maxwell’s Aztec Mine, and visit historic Baldy Town. The last night at Santa Claus will give your crew special time to reflect on the journey and everything that they have accomplished together.'

Day2013 Trek 20 Campsite2012 Trek 24 CampsiteProgram Differences
1Trailbound Tent City  
3Old Camp Conservation Project included in 2013 trek 20
4Seally Canyon  
5Whiteman VegaMcCrystal CreekLow Impact Camping included in 2013 trek 20
6Dan Beard Hike to included in 2013 trek 20
7Ponil Food Pickup included in 2013 trek 20
8Pueblano Continental Tie & Lumber included in 2013 trek 20
Campfire included in 2013 trek 20
Food Pickup not included in 2013 trek 20
9Miranda Muzzle Loading Rifles included in 2013 trek 20
11Santa Claus  
12Homebound Tent City