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Philmont Scout Ranch

September 22 - September 29

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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. The trip begins with 4×4 transportation close to our camp at 10,000 feet. Expert staff from Philmont will introduce the project and tools, and everyone will get to work. Volunteers will spend the last two days hiking out through Philmont’s central country. There will be just enough time for a summit attempt on the iconic Tooth of Time before a celebratory cookout on Friday evening. 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


Backpacking .5 miles to basecamp (Day Hiking up to 2 miles per day)

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Minimum Volunteer Age


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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 in platform tents at the Philmont Training Center. Bathrooms with showers are available. Nights during the project will be spent in backpacking tents in a primitive campsite. Pit latrines are available at the site. Philmont will provide all food and cooking equipment. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag and pad, cup/bowl/eating utensils, and personal items. Philmont can also provide rental backpacks and tents 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


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American Hiking Society Member$275.00Wahoo, you get a registration discount!

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Non-Member$330.00Registration includes 1-year AHS membership. Welcome!

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Additional Trip(s) in 2018$195.00Thanks for conserving trails...again!

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Youth$195.00Under 18 years of age- Must be accompanied by legal guardian on trip

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Group$195.004+ Participants, All must be AHS members

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