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Philmont Scout Ranch

September 22, 2018 - September 29, 2018

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Spend a week as a part of Philmont’s Conservation Department, and assist with a new trail construction project on Cimarroncito Peak (10,475 feet). This project is full-bench trail construction with hand tools, including opportunities for rock wall construction and rigging. Volunteers will learn about multi-use trail construction in a remote, backcountry setting. Huge views of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo mountains and its northeastern highlands abound.

A few of our original trip details have changed due to access issues caused by the Ute Park Fire.  We are still working on a new trail in the vicinity of Cimarroncito Peak.  We are just working on the lower end of it, near Cyphers Mine.  This trail is essential to our operations in 2019.  It will provide access around the burned area for crews hiking into Sawmill Camp.

This is a rare opportunity to experience Philmont’s autumn grandeur.  All are welcome on this adventure in Scouting Paradise.

Please Note: All volunteers will be required to complete parts A and B of the Annual Health and Medical Record,  This allows for appropriate care to be delivered by Philmont’s resident emergency responders in the event of an accident or other medical emergency. All volunteers must also complete BSA Youth Protection training through the website, https://my.scouting.org/. Volunteers should create a user a account, complete the training, and show their printed certificate upon arrival.  Training is free and should take no more than a half hour to complete.

This trip will be hosted and crew led by Boy Scouts of America.


Boy Scouts of America


Primitive Tent Sites


Backpack 3 miles from Hunting Lodge to Cyphers Mine with personal equipment. Tools will be delivered by vehicle. Hike up to 2 miles with day packs to access the worksite each day. Backpack 3 miles from Cyphers Mine to Hunting Lodge for pickup.

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Area and Attractions

Northeast New Mexico and southern Colorado offer an abundance of opportunities for outdoor recreation and historical exploration. Elevations range from 6,500 to 13,000 feet, and the highest point in NM is within 50 miles of Philmont's base camp. The high country is covered in ponderosa pine, aspen, and spruce forests, while Philmont's bison roam in the short grass prairie below. Wildlife sightings in this wild country are common, including mule deer, elk, bear, and mountain lions.

Accommodations Description

The first and last night will be spent on platform tents at the Philmont Training Center. Bathrooms with showers are available. Nights during the project will be spent in open-sided shacks, similar to Appalachian Trail shelters. Pit latrines are available at the site. Philmont will provide all food and cooking equipment. Volunteers should bring their own sleeping bag and pad, cup/bowl/eating utensils, and personal items. Philmont can also provide rental backpacks for use during the week if requested.


NO Airport Pickup provided for this trip. The closest airport is Albuquerque, NM. Philmont can pick up and drop off volunteers at the Amtrak station in Raton, NM on 9/22/2018 and 9/29/2018


Philmont Scout Ranch
47 Caballo Rd, Cimarron, New Mexico 87714 United States