Philmont is home to one of only two confirmed Tyrannosaurus Rex footprints in the world! Charles Pillmore, a USGS research geologist, was mapping the North Ponil Canyon in 1983 and mentioned the possible dinosaur tracks in his field notes. In 1989, he shared the photos with Dr. Martin Lockley, dinosaur track specialist, and the confirmation occurred. Enjoy this easy, half day, 2.25-mile roundtrip hike in the North Country of Philmont. See the trail here!
If you are looking for a moderate trail to hike with your family, then the Urraca Loop Trail is for you! This staff-led, 3.5-mile loop focuses on the changing geology and fauna from the plains to the low hill region of Urraca Mesa. See the trail here!
This hike has beautiful views of Philmont North Country and beyond. This 5.8-mile round trip all day hike will get you a closer look at Philmont’s highest point; Baldy Mountain at 12,441ft! Beyond Philmont’s property line you can see Little Castilla Peak at 12,585ft! After hiking this gorgeous ridge trail, you can stop by the Interpretive Ponil Cantina for a nice cold root beer! See the trail here!
Lovers Leap is an iconic Philmont spot. The 1.5-mile hike from Lover’s Turnaround to Lovers Leap has some elevation change, with the base of the canyon at 6,500 feet climbing to the jutting cliff face at 7,372 feet. Join us in visiting this ancient rock and discover the legend that gave it its name! This easy half-day, staff led, 3-mile roundtrip hike contains some trail inclines and declines. See the trail here!
Tour Philmont’s Demonstration Forest, Cathedral Rock, and Cimmarncitos reservoir area on the way to this scenic view. This is a 7-mile round trip hike takes you to the scenic overlook called Window Rock. Window Rock reaches an elevation of 8,227ft. From this location you can see the Villa Philmont, the arrowhead side of Tooth Ridge, and the beautiful plains of Philmont’s front country. See the trail here!
The iconic Philmont Landmark will be available as an adventure activity option for 2023 Family Adventure Camp Full-Week participants! This all-day, 5.25-mile roundtrip, staff led hike is very strenuous due to the significant elevation change over short distance, a peak over 9,000 feet, strenuous rock scrambles needing both hand and foot support, and rough terrain. Participants should expect hot weather, minimal shade, and challenging terrain. Must be 6 years of age. See the trail here!
Fee $75 per person
Want to experience one of the most breathtaking 360-degree views at Philmont? Join us on a hike to Inspiration Point! You will start your journey to Inspiration Point at Lover’s Leap Turnaround, hike 2.5 miles up to one of our backcountry camps, Urraca, and then hike .75 miles up a steep trail to Inspiration Point. Upon your arrival at Inspiration Point, you will be greeted by a spectacular view of the Tooth of Time and the valleys where the Rockies meet the plains. This all-day hike is strenuous due to the significant elevation change within the distance of 6.5 miles roundtrip. This hike is led by Philmont Staff. See the trail here!
Baldy Mountain is a favorite climb for those camping in the area. Dotted with old gold mines, Baldy Mountain is the highest peak at Philmont, standing at 12,441 feet above sea level. The view from the top is unobstructed and spectacular. This hike is very strenuous. It is roughly 8 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 2,382ft. Parts A, B, and C of the BSA medical form, a medical recheck upon arrival, and a fee are required to participate in the activity. See the trail here!
Fee $105 per person