The Adventure of a Lifetime
In 2025, crews will learn valuable lessons in character, teamwork and leadership, all while looking out from iconic peaks such as Baldy Mountain and the Tooth of Time. Since its first camping season in 1939, Philmont has played a key role in shaping the lives of more than one million Scouts throughout the United States and across the world.
The following information is for units interested in trekking at Philmont in 2025. Registration will open on October 1, 2023.
Essential Trek Questions
All registrations are processed through our online registration portal.
The portal for 2025 will be open beginning at 9 a.m. MDT on October 1, 2023 through 12 p.m. MDT on October 16, 2023.
Traditional Treks Philmont offers 12, 9 or 7-day backpacking treks throughout the southern Rockies in New Mexico’s Sangre De Cristo Mountains. Distances range from 50 to 100+ miles with a variety of unique program opportunities. Each itinerary is designed to challenge participants in new ways and put their previous Scouting experiences to the test.
Cavalcade 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.
Due to the popularity of the Cavalcade program and the limited number of horses, a lottery 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 ,9, and 7-day treks. You can enter dates for different trek types but can only be awarded one type of trek.
While most crews will opt for a 12-day trek to experience as much of Philmont as possible, we recognize the time commitment needs of different crews and individuals. If you can’t commit for a full 12 days, we would still love for you to have a Philmont experience!
7 and 9-day treks start and end the same as 12-day treks with exciting opening and closing campfire ceremonies. However, participants on 7 and 9-day treks spend less time in the backcountry.
Philmont crews are comprised of 8-12 people and can be from the same troop or multiple troops. Youth must be at least 14 years of age or 13 and have completed 8th grade by the time their trek begins. Every crew needs at least 2 adult advisors. All participants must be registered members of the BSA.
We typically recommend crews begin preparing about a year in advance for their adventure.
Click here to learn about fees. https://www.philmontscoutranch.org/philmonttreks/fees/
- $150 deposit per individual must be paid online. Minimum crew sizes apply.
- Advance payment (1/2 of remaining fees) per individual is due October 1, the year prior to trek.
- Final payment (final 1/2 of fees) per individual is due March 1 of the year of trek.
Not able to assemble a crew? No problem! Philmont also offers a number of individual trek opportunities for interests such as conservation, horsemanship and extra rugged trekking opportunities. To learn more click here.
Be sure to call 575-376-2281 to speak with one of our staff members! They can happily assist you with reservations and answer any outstanding questions.
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