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About the Photo Archive

Why An Archive Website?

For years, former staff and participants have contacted Philmont hoping that a photo archive may exist. Individuals are often thrilled to find out that the archive is real. However, the archive is organized by year and expedition number. Without knowing these key numbers, it had been nearly impossible to locate photos.

The development of the archive website makes it possible for individuals who have misplaced their expedition number to reunite with their photos.

How many photos are stored?

Today, there are 240,000 photos in the online archive.

History of the Photo Archive

  • 1965 – Philmont began saving participant and staff photo negatives
  • 1993 – Black and white photography was phased out in favor of color
  • 2007 – Film development was retired in favor of new digital cameras
  • 2007 – A high-end digital scanner was obtained in the interest of preserving the analog negative archive
  • July 2013 – Philmont began developing the archive website
  • Oct 2014 – Over 100,000 negatives from 2006 back through 1988 uploaded ahead of online photo archive website launch.
  • Nov 2014 – 1987-1986 added to online archive
  • Jun 2015 – 1985 added to online archive
  • Jul 2015 – 1984 added to online archive
  • Aug 2015 – 1983 added to online archive
  • Oct 2015 – 1982 added to online archive
  • Oct 2015 – 1981 added to online archive
  • Jun 2016 – 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976 added to online archive
  • August 2016 – 1966 – 1975 added to online archive

The Future

  • Future photos: Philmont will continue to add the most recent summer’s photos by September of each year.

About Philmont

Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s largest National High Adventure Base. Born in 1938 as Philturn Rocky Mountain Scout Camp, Philmont has become a bustling center for high adventure and training. It covers 140,177 acres of rugged mountain wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains in northeastern New Mexico. Philmont has a unique history of ancient Native Americans who chipped petroglyphs into canyon walls, Spanish conquistadors, who explored the Southwest long before the first colonists arrived on the Atlantic coast, the rugged breed of mountain man such as Kit Carson, who blazed trails across this land, the great land barons like Lucien Maxwell who built ranches along the Santa Fe Trail and miners, loggers and cowboys. All left their mark on Philmont.

Philmont Scout Ranch operates 35 staffed camps and 55 trail camps across the rugged terrain that ranges in elevation from 6,500 to 12,441 feet. More than 1 million Scouts, Venturers, and Advisors have experienced the adventure of Philmont since its first camping season in 1939. Most activities take place during the summer, but Philmont also offers programs during the offseason such as Autumn and Winter Adventure. Throughout its existence, conscientious attention to low-impact camping techniques and diligent wildlife and forestry conservation work has helped maintain Philmont’s wilderness.

In addition to providing an unforgettable adventure in backpacking across miles of rugged, rocky trails, Philmont Scout Ranch offers programs that feature the best of the Old West—horseback riding, burro packing, gold panning, chuckwagon dinners, and interpretive history—with exciting challenges for today such as rock climbing, mountain biking, and sport shooting. It’s an unbeatable recipe for fast-paced fun in the outdoors.

Philmont Photo Album

Check out Philmont’s Flickr album for a collection of program, wildlife, and landscape photos.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Philmont Scout Ranch and the Philmont Training Center.