COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Update as of April 21, 2023

Philmont is following the current CDC guidelines for COVID positive and COVID exposure.
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Philmont WILL NOT require Covid testing to participate at this time but encourage you and your crew and all participants to test prior to departure for the ranch. Philmont IS requiring staff to test upon arrival as a precaution to ensure non-disruption of staff training as we prepare for participant arrival. 


Philmont continues to monitor all communicable infections and diseases to ensure the health and safety of all participants, visitors, and employees. 


Please continue to follow Covid protocols by washing your hands and testing if you are exhibiting symptoms.


Philmont has plans in place should there be positive test results for limiting infection rates to preserve the health and safety of all on the ranch.

COVID-19 Supplementary Safety Forms

Philmont recommends that anyone who has been hospitalized for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic be cleared by their primary care provider. Philmont recommends that participants who had a positive COVID-19 test or COVID-19 illness, regardless of severity, within 6 months of scheduled arrival at Philmont be cleared for high levels of exertion at high elevations by their primary care provider.

Philmont encourages all participants to review the Philmont Health and Safety Code of Conduct prior to arrival.  This will be reviewed with your crew and any questions you may have will be answered.

COVID-19 Testing and Vaccination Requirements FAQ

No, while we strongly recommend anyone who is eligible to get vaccinated, do so, we do not require vaccinations to attend Philmont at this time.

If a member of your crew tests positive for COVID-19 before the trip they should stay home and isolate according to state and CDC guidelines. If other members of your crew have been in close contact with the person who tested positive, please refer to CDC guidelines and recommendations.

Philmont may be able to help your crew reschedule for a trek later in the summer but we cannot guarantee that a spot will be available.  

Yes. If a member of your crew tests positive for COVID-19 before leaving for your trek, we would consider it a valid reason for a medical refund. See to learn more about our refund policy. 

If someone develops COVID-19 symptoms while at Philmont, the Philmont staff will perform testing and medical evaluation of the participant. If the participant is found to be positive for COVID-19, the patient will be removed from the trail and isolated by the Philmont medical staff.  Philmont will make every effort to have the remaining crew members continue their experience in the safest way possible following CDC guidelines.  In some instances, itinerary modifications may be required.