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!