psa fall cavalcade

See philmont in a new way

Join us September 20th-24th for the Fall Cavalcade!

Cavalcade is our newest fall adventure offering, unlike the treks during this event you will be riding horse back through the backcountry and seeing Philmont in a way that you haven’t before.

PSA Fall Cavalcade is an experience you won’t want to miss this fall. Riding experience is helpful but not required; we can teach you all you need to know to have a novel experience in the Philmont backcountry. This event is open to all PSA Members and their eligible family members. Get registered before spots are full!

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Experience Philmont on horseback

Cavalcade Details

Cost: $600 per person | Dates: September 20–24, 2023 | Slots: 15 available

Cavalcade Basics

Dates: September 20th-24th, 2023

Cost: $600

Slots: 15 available

Registration Deadline: September 1st, 2023

Participant Requirements

Weigh 200 lbs or less

Be physically and mentally fit

Be a member of the PSA or trek-eligible family member

Be a member of the BSA

Have a completed Philmont Medical Form

Be 14 years old OR completed 8th grade and be at least 13 years of age prior to participation

Packing List

Are you wondering what to pack on your trip out to Philmont? We have a great resource click here for more information.


Wednesday September 20:

Arrive at Camping Registration between 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM.

Check in and complete health recheck. Afterward, Cattle HQ orientation before dinner at PTC.

Thursday September 21:

Report to the Cattle Headquarters at 8 AM, saddle, and hit the trail.

Saturday September 23:

Return from the trail

Sunday September 24:

Depart Philmont


Basecamp tents are available for the night before and the night after the trail.

Possible Itineraries

South: Drop off at Rayado

Night 1: Abreu

Night 2: Crater Lake

Central: Ride out of Cattle HQ

Night 1: Miner’s Park

Day hike Tooth of Time while riding over Shaffer’s Pass

Night 2: Clark’s Fork

North 1: Drop off at Ponil

Night 1: Pueblano (side ride up Wilson Mesa?)

Night 2: Santa Claus? HOD? Longer days?


North 2: Drop off at Ponil

Night 1: Indian Writings

Night 2: Metcalf Station

Registration Checklist

*Fill out PSA Cavalcade Form below

*Register through Philmont’s website below

*Send your check to Philmont Scout Ranch with memo “2023 Fall Cavalcade”

*Wait for confirmation email

Please Note: The PSA reserves the right to deny or revoke registration where appropriate.

Fall Cavalcade Form

When signing up for a PSA Fall Cavalcade you are required to fill out the form below.

Payment & Refunds

Fill out Cavalcade form here but…

Payment is made directly to Philmont , not the PSA

Make check payable to: “Philmont Scout Ranch”

In the memo, please write: “2023 PSA Cavalcade”

Mail check: 17 Deer Run Road Cimarron, NM

Philmont’s refund policy: ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. THEY CANNOT BE APPLIED TO FUTURE PSA TREKS OR EVENTS. Emergency situations will be handled by Philmont on an individual basis.

2023 PSA Cavalcade is FULL!