Autumn Adventure

Register By crew Fee
Season Fall Length Variable
Age 14 or 13 and in 8th grade
Crew Size 7-12, including adult leadership
Leadership 2+ adult leaders required per crew; can have all-adult crews
Registration Anytime

Hiking in the Philmont backcountry during the autumn season, crews will enjoy warm, sunny days, and cool, crisp nights. They will get to see the aspen trees changing to gold and witness the wildlife preparing for winter. A trained Philmont guide will accompany your group to areas where you can enjoy the splendor of fall color.

Autumn Adventure treks occur in September and October, and can vary in length to fit the schedule of the group.

Autumn Adventure Group

Who May Participate?

Autumn Adventure is open to crews of 7 to 12 participants accompanied by an Autumn Adventure guide. Larger groups will be organized into multiple crews (please call for approval). A crew may be assembled from a Boy Scout troop, Venturing crew, Sea Scout ship, Varsity team, Exploring post or an adult group of Unit, District or Council committee members.

Crews must meet the following requirements:

  • All participants must be registered members of the BSA.
  • All participants must have completed the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record within the previous 12 months and meet physical condition requirements.
  • Youth participants must be at least 14 years of age OR 13 years of age and in the eighth grade at the time of participation.
  • Each group must have at least two adult (18+) advisors, one of whom must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Coed groups must have at least one male and female advisor (both over 21 years of age).
  • Each group must have at least one member certified in CPR and First Aid (may be met by two separate people).

What Activities Are Included?

There are several programs offered through Autumn Adventure:

  • All-Adult Trek: A great opportunity for team building and planning for your unit, district, or council. What better way to bring a group together than fly-fishing on the Rayado River or taking in the changing aspens?
  • Rock Climbing Trek: This "hands on" experience focuses on skills and interests related to rock climbing. Try your hand at climbing various types of rock including sandstone and dacite porphyry. Limited spots available.
  • Mountain Bike Trek: Cover more ground with this exciting program. Travel the backcountry roads and trails on two wheels. Must be comfortable spending extended time on a mountain bike. Limited spots available. Call for more information and pricing.
  • Backpacking Trek: A great experience for Scouts during fall break. This experience is for crews of 7 to 12 members with youth giving leadership to the crew. Go for your 50 Miler Award or enjoy the backcountry while focusing on rank advancement and merit badges.
  • Fly-Fishing Trek: Tie some flies and cast away along the beautiful water features at Philmont Scout Ranch. This program focuses mainly on fishing and hopefully catching as well. Limited spots available.
  • Council/Group Planning Retreat: Gain familiarity with the ranch including pre-trek planning and training, remote locations in the backcountry, and the skills required to achieve success at Philmont. This program can be more focused in base camp or backcountry as desired.
  • Family Retreat: Strip away from the distractions of everyday life and spend some time getting to know your family and loved ones. This program is hosted by the Philmont's Training Center and caters to your family needs with roofed housing, activity centers, and transportation to scenic attractions nearby.

How to Register

Sessions are available from early September to late October. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are confirmed upon receipt of a nonrefundable deposit of $50/person and a completed reservation form. The balance of fees is due upon arrival.

Contact us to request a reservation form and determine when space is available.

Autumn Adventure Packing List

This packing list will help prepare you and your crew for your Autumn Adventure trek.

The Tooth of Time Traders at Camping Headquarters is open from 8:00am-5:00pm 7 days a week, so crews can purchase last-minute camping gear or souvenirs after returning from the trail.


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.