Philmont Scout Ranch:
Adventure In The American West
Philmont Scout Ranch: Get everyone together and escape to the Land of Enchantment – New Mexico! Philmont Scout Ranch is located near the village of Cimarron, in Northeastern NM, and spans over 140,000 acres of stunning Rocky Mountain landscape. It is BSA’s largest National High Adventure Base and has hosted more than 1 million Scouts, Venturers, and families since its first camping season in 1939. With its dramatic scenery and storied history, Philmont offers endless opportunities to learn, explore and experience for campers of every age. Philmont’s Family Adventure Camp is available to all families!. During the day, adventurers can fish the lakes and rivers of New Mexico, take a dude-style horseback ride next to the Tooth of Time, or hike to see an authenticated T-Rex footprint. In the evenings, families can be found relaxing around a campfire, singing songs, and telling stories. Whatever you choose to do, time at Philmont is full of family fun.
An epic vacation starts with awesome accommodations. Campers at Philmont can choose from three types of lodging: wall tents, deluxe wall tents, and modern bunkhouses. All of these include electricity and comfortable camping beds.
For something fun and adventurous, check out Philmont’s wall tents. Each tent comes with two beds and electricity so families can enjoy the outdoors while keeping all necessary devices charged.
Deluxe Wall Tents are similar to other Wall Tents but they include a few extra perks, like a porch and chairs, two rooms and accommodate up to 6 people. Just imagine your family sitting on the porch, breathing in the fresh morning air or gazing at stars in the night sky. It’s the perfect way to connect with each other – and with nature!
Philmont’s Bunkhouses offer a dormitory-style stay and are the ideal home base for adventure and exploration. These include modern comforts to make your family’s stay even more enjoyable. After a day spent in the New Mexico sun, your crew can come back to enjoy a refreshing indoor shower.
Villa Bungalows can accommodate up to 3-7 family members in a two-room suite. The ultimate in roofed housing, guests will enjoy a living room with a mini fridge and microwave, private bathroom/shower, and bedroom. Come for the adventure and relax in the comforts of home.
Some program availability may be subject to change based on the seasons and weather (noted by an asterisk). Self-guided activities will be available year-round.
On this self-guided, easy-breezy 0.75-mile, campers take the Nature Trail to discover plants and animals that live in the area and explore the science that makes our environment unique.
Campers can hike to see one of only two confirmed Tyrannosaurus Rex footprints in the world.
Inspiration Point is a hiking highlight for everyone who visits Philmont. At the top of Inspiration Point, you’ll witness one of the most breathtaking, scenic views in the western United States! The sweeping view includes Urraca Mesa and the Tooth of Time.
Fishing New Mexico’s lakes and rivers is an angler’s dream! Try your hand on some of the world’s best water. At the Cimarroncito Reservoir, the waters are full of trout, and our expert fly-fishing instructors will show you how to make your own flies to reel in the biggest catch.
Some activities are subject to season pricing scale.
Check out Philmont’s shooting sports range, where safe and successful shooting is our priority. Families will have the chance to experience slingshots, archery, BB guns, tomahawks, rifles and sporting clays.
Sit back and sip some tea on the Village Front Porch while listening to stories about the Phillips’ family history and meeting new camp friends.
Visit Philmont’s four museums on the historic Santa Fe trail to learn about the Gold Rush and the Wild West! At the Kit Carson Museum, families can watch staff show frontier skills like blacksmithing, cooking outdoors, and more. At Chase Ranch, groups can learn about 1800s ranch life.
Round up your family and head over to Philmont’s Craft Center. There are fun crafts for everyone, like wood and leather crafts, beaded jewelry, painted ceramics, tie dye, sand art, photography, and more. Philmont’s staff will teach you all the skills that you need!
Take family fun to the next level with Philmont’s climbing and challenge adventure course. Challenge your friends to race to the top of our climbing wall, try your hand(s) at crate stacking climbing, or test your skills on our high ropes course!
Younger family members will love taking a ride on our ponies at the Philmont Training Center Pony Barn! As an extra bonus, the pony barn also includes The Animal Farm – a petting zoo full of our favorite farm animals.
This all-day, 5.25-mile hike includes a peak over 9,000 feet, rock scrambles, and rough terrain. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime trek for the experienced hikers in your family.
For exciting and memorable local area adventures, check out the options below.
This truly fascinating, 96-mile scenic drive circles the base of Wheeler Peak, weaves through five communities, and offers many opportunities for outdoor adventure stops along the way – like gold panning, golfing, fishing, boating, hiking and horseback riding.
Located 13 miles west of Cimarron along Highway 64, Cimarron Canyon is full of hiking, fishing, and sights to see. There’s plenty of outdoor activities for your family to enjoy, whether you choose to spend a couple hours or the whole day there.
Take a drive on an improved dirt road to see beautiful meadows, forests and sights on
this low impact use in Carson National Forest. Located 47 miles away from Cimarron it
makes a beautiful morning, afternoon, or all day drive for sightseeing.
The Express St. James is a hotel that also has an enjoyable dining room and patio serving homemade soups, house-baked breads and desserts along with entrees such as steaks, bison burgers, trout, shrimp, and New Mexican fare. Highway 21, Cimarron, NM, 87714(575) 367-2664
The tour at the Resort Summit is the first of its kind in New Mexico. On the signature segment of the tour, adrenaline seekers will fly fifty stories above the forest floor as they traverse from peak to peak, side by side, on a 1,600-foot tandem Zip. (800) 633-7463
See the Enchanted Circle and Carson National Forest from horseback, or by carriage ride. Trips can last an hour or a whole wonderful day, and can even include a Chuck Wagon-styled lunch. (575) 377-6416
Visit the NRA Whittington Center for an outdoor recreational shooting range. 34025 US-64, Raton, NM 87740 (575) 445-3615
There are great opportunities in Red River for outdoor exploration suitable for all ages! Shopping opportunities in town for art, books, pottery, jewelry, outdoor equipment and more!
Travel west on US Hwy 64 to reach the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, the second highest bridge on the U.S. Highway System. The bridge is a three-span steel continuous-deck-truss structure with a concrete-filled steel-grid deck.
Visit numerous local shops to find various knick-knacks, books, chocolate and ice cream, outdoor gear, and more!
Here’s a library of helpful information and resources to help you plan your trip.
Your group’s BSA Family Adventure Camp registration fee includes all meals (starting with dinner on your check-in day through breakfast on your departure day), accommodations, and a fun variety of exciting activities. Adventure and lodging upgrades are available at an additional cost. Premium activities are also available at an additional cost.
Please note that all campers over age 17 will be required to pay a one-time COVID-19 surcharge fee of $50 per participant. This helps to offset the additional costs of operating the Philmont High-Adventure Base in accordance with CDC, state, and local guidelines to keep participants safe.
Philmont has an updated cancellation policy. You can read it carefully here.
Health and Medical Record
Philmont Scout Ranch is located at 6,600 ft. elevation. Humidity is low, so visitors should drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Persons who feel that they may be overweight, out of shape, or who have health concerns should consult a physician before coming to Philmont. Some activities are strenuous, and families should discuss abilities before arriving for the program. All individuals who participate will need to provide a health history.
Dining halls and classrooms are wheelchair accessible, as are several tent platforms and roofed housing units. Please notify Philmont in advance during the reservation process or email us at PhilmontTrainingCenter@scouting.org if you require a wheelchair-accessible housing or tenting unit. Due to limited resources, you must provide your own wheelchair. Unfortunately, wheelchair transportation is not available.
Under no circumstances will any individual over 295 lbs. be allowed to participate in backcountry programs, regardless of height or age. This limit is necessary due to limitations of rescue equipment and the safety of Philmont personnel. Philmont’s chief medical officer and other medical staff of the Philmont Infirmary reserve the right to make medical decisions regarding the participation of individuals at Philmont.
Special Dietary Needs
The dining hall has the capability to provide meals that meet various special dietary needs throughout your stay at Philmont, including but not limited to vegetarian, vegan, religious diets, food allergies (gluten, peanuts, tree nuts, etc.), and many more. You will be able to indicate during the reservation process any special dietary needs for your family members. Please be sure to indicate this as soon as possible. In addition, please note any special diet needs on your medical forms and identify yourself with dining hall management upon arrival and they will be happy to assist and review ingredients in the different items and review items that are available to you. Sometimes it is best for people with severe allergies or very strict diets to bring their own supplemental food to be stored in the dining hall (a walk-in cooler is provided for this purpose). If you have questions about a special dietary need e-mail Philmonttrainingcenter@Scouting.org well ahead of your arrival date. Due to wildlife and scavenging animals, absolutely no food is to be stored in or around either the rustic or luxury tents. All food must be stored in the dining hall, vehicles, or other lockable storage away from the tent camping area.
Each participant’s medical form (both youth and adult) will be reviewed by a member of the Medical Staff. In this review, they will briefly look over the health form and identify any medical issues of concern and discuss those concerns with either the adult leader or that participant themselves. Note: Medical staff may place restrictions on the activities a participant may partake in if a medical condition warrants it.
The following sections lay out the Boy Scouts of America’s policies on Tobacco, Alcohol, and drugs. These policies are meant to be taken very seriously. Violation of these policies may result in dismissal from camp, membership revocation, and/or police action.
Adults should support the attitude that they, as well as youth, are better off without tobacco in any form and may not allow the use of tobacco products at any BSA activity involving youth participants. This includes the use of electronic cigarettes, personal vaporizers, or electronic nicotine delivery systems that simulate tobacco smoking.
All Scouting functions, meetings, and activities should be conducted on a smoke-free basis, with smoking areas located away from all participants. Use of all tobacco products (including E-cigarettes and chewing tobacco) must be done out of sight of all youth participants in designated areas within camp. Contact Philmont if you have any questions about where these areas are.
BSA Family Adventure Camp is conducted on a smoke-free basis, with smoking areas located away from all participants. Use of all tobacco products (including E-cigarettes and chewing tobacco) must be done out of sight of all youth participants in designated areas within camp. Contact the camp Commissioner if you have any questions about where these areas are.
It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that the use of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances is not permitted at BSA Family Adventure Camp or at any activity involving participation of youth members.
Illegal drugs, including the misuse of prescription drugs have absolutely no place at any Scouting function. The misuse of drugs happens in all levels of our society. We may be confronted with the problem at any time; therefore, we need to understand the misuse of drugs and what can be done about the situation. See the Drug Enforcement Administration website (www.dea.gov/) for detailed information on controlled substances and their effects.
It is unacceptable for anyone to use or be under the influence of medical marijuana at or during any Scouting activity.
Wifi is available throughout base camp at Philmont. Campers are encouraged to appropriately document and share their experiences during their stay! The site offers full wireless and cell phone connectivity.