Register by crew Fee
Season Summer Length 8 days and nights
Age 14-20 (or 13 and have completed 8th grade)
Crew Size 10-15, including adult leadership
Leadership 2 adult leaders per crew required minimum, 4 adult leaders maximum
Registration October/November, 18-months prior to trek

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Philmont Cavalcades are similar to regular expeditions except that, instead of hiking, crews ride horses through the rugged mountain wilderness like the famous trappers who first explored the West.

Eight-day Cavalcades with 10 to 15 people* per crew are offered on specific dates each summer. The final day of the Cavalcade is spent in competition at an equestrian gymkhana.

For the safety of the rider and the horse, there is a 200-pound weight limit for all riders.

Because of the popularity of the Cavalcade program and the limited number of horses, a lotery will be held for crews that have expressed a desire to participate in summer Cavalcades. A group may not participate in consecutive years.

Registration for the lottery is done online at the same time as 12-day/7-day treks. You can enter dates for different trek types but can only awarded one type of trek. To learn more about the lottery and to register click here.

How to Pack for Cavalcade

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Choose a program year and then enter the number participants you plan to bring.

* If the crew should number fewer than 10, the Cavalcade will be charged for 10 participants. The maximum number of crew members is 15.


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.