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Ute Park Pass

Plan A Only Plans A-D

Super Strenuous; Approximately 84 miles; Maps required: South & North

Regions visited: South Country, North Country, Valle Vidal

Trek History: New as 12-32 in 2023;

f your crew is looking for a challenge, this brand new itinerary may be just what you're looking for. In addition to opportunities to conquer Baldy Mountain and the Tooth of Time, you'll be hiking the Ute Park Pass through the 2018 wildfire impact zone. After a bus ride to the Ponil trailhead you will make your way to Sioux for Ranger Training and your first night in the backcountry. Head north from Sioux to Rich Cabins and learn all about homesteading. Be sure to take in the evening family get together! Get up early the next day for a hike over scenic Wilson Mesa and be sure to say hi to the folks at the Continental Tie & Lumber Company in Pueblano before continuing on to Head of Dean for some crew-building challenge events. The next day you'll be heading to Baldy country for a two-night stay in Copper Park. Get a good night's rest so you'll be ready to tackle 12,442 foot Baldy Mountain! Next, head south for a stay at Santa Claus and try your hand reloading and 12-gauge skeet shooting. Your next stop will be Cimarroncito, one of the newest staff camps on the ranch where you can try out 3-D archery and the laser shooting range. Get an early start the next morning for your hike over the Ute Park Pass and observe how Mother Nature is healing herself after the 2018 fire. Be sure to stop in at Sawmill for 30.06 reloading and shooting before making your way to Whistle Punk. Next stop is Hunting Lodge, one of the cabins Waite Phillips built so he could enjoy the wonders of Philmont. Get the crew together to reminisce about your journey at Ponderosa Park and then get to bed early. You'll finish your adventure by climbing the Tooth of Time to take in the spectacular views on your way back to Camping Headquarters and through the 'We All Made It' gate! Congratulations

Per the Guidebook to Itineraries: "Due to potential emergencies, such as catastrophic fires, Crews must not deviate from their assigned itinerary. Changes are only permitted for bona fide medical emergencies and must be approved in advance by the Logistics Department."

Dry Camps: Ponderosa Park; Unique Campsite: Ponderosa Park;
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Day/PlanCampProgram FeaturesCampsite Features
1 Camping Headquarters Opening Campfire Commissary; Showers; Trading Post;  
2 Sioux Ranger Training Trail Camp; 

Food Pickup @ Camping HeadquartersCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;

Bus to Ponil Trailhead
3 Rich Cabins Campfire Commissary; Low Impact Camp;  


Animal Care  

Cabin Tour  
4 Head of Dean Conservation Project  

Challenge Events  

Hike over Wilson Mesa  

Crosscut Saws / Tie making @ Pueblano
5 Copper Park Mining History @ Baldy TownTrail Camp; (Commissary; Trading Post; Showers; at Baldy Town)

Assaying @ Baldy Town 

Food Pickup @ Baldy Town 

Gold Mining & Panning @ French Henry

Mine Tour @ French Henry 
6 Copper Park Climb Baldy Mountain Trail Camp; 
7 Santa Claus 12 Gauge Shotgun shooting/reloading  
8 Cimarroncita Food Pickup  

Ute Park Pass Hike Prep  

Hunter Education & Laser Range  
9 Whistle Punk 30-06 Shooting/Reloading @ SawmillTrail Camp; (Showers (wood stoked); at Sawmill)
10 Hunting Lodge Blacksmithing @ Cyphers Mine (Showers (wood stoked); at Cyphers Mine)

Gold Mining & Panning @ Cyphers Mine 

Hunting Lodge Tour  

Food Pickup  
11 Ponderosa Park Western Lore / Branding @ Clarks ForkTrail Camp (Usually dry); (Showers; at Clarks Fork)

Fly Tying @ Hunting Lodge

Demonstration Forest @ Demonstration Forest
12 Camping Headquarters Water @ Clarks ForkCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;  (Showers; at Clarks Fork)

Climb Shaefer's Peak  

Climb Tooth of Time  

Hike in via Tooth Ridge Trail  

Awards Campfire  
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.

Crews passing through staff camps are not scheduled for program. If time and space allow, some crews may be able to participate in some of the programs offered.

DayCampPotential Additional Program FeaturesCampsite Features
3Rich CabinsEvening musicCommissary; Low Impact Camp;
4Head of Deanpickup crew based challenge events
PueblanoContinental Tie & Lumber
spar pole climbing
5Baldy TownClimb Baldy MountainCommissary; Trading Post; Showers;
Tour Historic Baldy Town
French HenryBlacksmithing
8Cimarroncita3D Archery
Hike through 2018 Ute Park Fire Zone
9SawmillUte Park Pass Hike PrepShowers (wood stoked);
Hike through 2018 Ute Park Fire Zone
10Cyphers MineStompShowers (wood stoked);
Mine Tour
11Hunting LodgeFishing Opportunities
Hunting Lodge Tour
Hike via Hidden Valley / Window Rock
Cabin Tour
Demonstration ForestForestry Training
12Clarks ForkWestern Lore / BrandingShowers;
Cowboy Campfire
Ride out from Cattle Headquarters
Ride over Schaefers Pass
Camping HeadquartersVisit the Villa PhilmonteCommissary; Showers; Trading Post;
National Scouting Museum
This list is not complete and is dependent on the route you take each day.