Philmont Scout Ranch

Fire Update June 17, 2018 at 10:00 A.M.
Ute Park Fire Final Update: The Ute Park Fire is currently 36,740 acres (26,387 acres on Philmont) and 97% contained. The fire will transition from the Type 3 Incident Management to the New Mexico State Forestry, Cimarron District Office. Post-fire suppression repair work is complete. Post-fire repair work within the burn area consisted of reseeding within dozer fire lines, roads, trails, staging areas, safety zones, and drop points used during fire suppression efforts. These efforts will help minimize potential soil erosion and impacts resulting from fire suppression activities. Philmont will begin conservation work in the area once it is deemed safe to do so.

Cottonwood Fire Final Update: The Cottonwood Fire is currently at 310 acres and 80% contained and is located twelve miles north of Cimarron in the Vermejo Park Ranch area near the Philmont Scout Ranch property line. The fire will transition from the Type 3 Incident Management to the New Mexico State Forestry, Cimarron District Office. Fire activity may increase but is expected to remain well within the interior of the containment lines. Firefighters will continue to secure and monitor containments lines and extinguish hot spots around the perimeter of the fire as needed.

Our primary focus remains the safety of our team and the management of the fires. We appreciate your patience as we work through this situation.

Ute Park Fire Info: (air quality info, maps, etc.)

Cottonwood Fire Info:


The safety of our youth participants, volunteers and staff is a priority for everybody at Philmont Scout Ranch and the Boy Scouts of America.  While efforts continue to extinguish the fire currently burning in the back-country, the anticipated damage and inability to access the affected areas makes it currently impossible to host back country programs.  Until the fire is extinguished, the areas are inspected and the damage assessed, it is impossible to definitively state when those programs will resume.

At this time, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all backcountry treks that were scheduled to take place in the Philmont backcountry from June 8 – July 14, 2018.  We hope that back country treks may resume after July 14, 2018 with altered itineraries, assuming the back country is safe and infrastructure is restored.

Additionally, programs scheduled to take place at Philmont Training Center will also be canceled through June 23, 2018. The Philmont Training Center expects to welcome back participants beginning with Philmont Family Adventure on June 24, 2018.

The NAYLE program, which takes place at Rayado Ridge Leadership Camp seven miles south of the Philmont Base Camp and is unaffected by the Ute Park Fire, will go on as scheduled.

Over the next few days, we will be contacting the lead advisor or contingent leader of all crews that are impacted by this decision, starting with those that are scheduled to arrive first, as well as affected PTC coordinators. Thank you in advance for allowing the Philmont team to contact your crew – your assistance will help make sure that Philmont phone lines remain open.

We will continue to work with local, state and federal authorities to continuously evaluate the fire and air quality to ensure that we can safely deliver outstanding program.

Thank you for your support and patience.


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About Philmont Scout Ranch

Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America's premier High Adventure™ base, challenges Scouts and Venturers with more than 214 square miles of rugged northern New Mexico wilderness. Backpacking treks, horseback cavalcades, and training and service programs offer young people many ways to experience this legendary country.