Philmont Training Center FAQ

Typical summer weather ranges from the 70s to mid-90s in the afternoons and ranges from the 30s to low 50s at night and anything in between. Some wind and afternoon showers are common.

Here at the Training Center, we do not offer classes or special programs to earn merit badges. However, if you feel something your Scout has done could work towards a merit badge we would be more than happy to write a letter stating what the Scout has done. Note: It will be up to your scoutmaster/troop to decide if it can or will be used.

We do not have rooms to rent, but each participant and their families are assigned tents and faculty is assigned roofed housing. If you are looking to stay near Philmont check out the hotels in Cimarron or the Casa de Gavilan.

We do have wheel chair accessible tents. If you have special requests or questions please contact the training center.

The tents are for two or three people. We do have cots and cribs if you have younger children.

We do not have hook-ups for trailers but you can bring and store them in the staff parking lot area.

We apologize for any inconvenience but pets are not allowed at Philmont.

At the Training Center we are able to keep small valuables in the office. Ask our office staff for assistance.

There is a refrigerator in the tent cities if you need to store medications or things like infant formula but it is not a general use refrigerator.

Yes, there is one coin laundry located at the training center and one at Camping Headquarters.

Check-in begins on Sunday at 2:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm. For LDS weeks check-in is Saturday between 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Please note the start and ends times and plan to arrive during that time frame.

As you turn into and follow the road to the Training Center there will be staff members to greet you near the covered wagon at 2 PM (the Welcome Wagon). We are busy preparing for a great week, please NO early check-ins.

There are a number of things that you can do; 
1) Visit Cimarron and enjoy the galleries, museums, and shops. 
2) Visit the Tooth of Time Traders located at Camping Headquarters. 
3) Visit the Philmont Museum and the Seton Library. 
4) Visit Philmont’s Kit Carson Museum at Rayado, located 7 miles south of PTC on Highway 21. 
5) Go on a Villa tour.

The training center office is open until 7:30 PM and staff will be available to assist you if arrive after the regular check-in times. If you are still not here after 7:30 PM, there will be a list of housing assignments on the whiteboard in front of our office.

Early arrival accommodations are only available for individuals taking one of the airport shuttles. If you are planning or would like to arrive a day early lodging is available in nearby Cimarron. Contact the Cimarron Chamber of Commerce at 505-376-2417 or 1-888-376-2417, website: www.cimarronnm.com

When shipping to Philmont please format your mailing address as shown below:
Your Name
Your Conference and the week
Philmont Training Center
17 Deer Run Road
Cimarron, NM 87714
Boxes should be shipped via U.S. Mail, Federal Express, or UPS. Other services do not deliver to Philmont. Do not rely on next day service, allow at least one week.

You will be able to see your child(ren) in the morning before program, during lunch (11:20 AM – 1:20 PM) and in the afternoons after program ends at 4:20 PM. Family day is a chance for you and your family to enjoy the afternoon together. Children on Mt. Trek are out for the entire week.

The trails to the tooth of time, other backcountry camps, and summits are restricted to backcountry participants only. Trails that are open for Training Center participants to hike on there own are the Nature Trail, Urraca trail, T-Rex, and Lover’s Leap. If you have questions about these hikes and their location ask a staff member or someone in the registration office.

The program you are scheduled for will determine the form needed. Please refer to the website or your conference guidebook for clarification.

Cell Phone reception can not be guaranteed. Some networks like Sprint & T-mobile receive scattered service. Verizon works well most of the time and AT&T works best. There are public telephones located in each tent city office and on the training center office back porch. Please be prepared to use a calling card, an 800 number, or place a collect call as the phones do not take money.