Baldy Town
Type staffed camp
Campsites 13
Elevation 10,000'
Latitude 36° 37' 29.55" N
Longitude 105° 11' 22.53" W
Water location central spigots, potable
Facilities showers, trading post
Program Geology
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Baldy Town

Baldy Town

Baldy Town is a now-abandoned, formerly bustling town located at the base of Baldy Mountain. Baldy Town, which served as the base of gold mining operations on the mountain, figured prominently in Old West culture and folklore, but was completely abandoned when mining in the area ceased.

In 1963, this area was purchased through the generosity of Norton Clapp, vice-president of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America and added to the Philmont Scout Ranch. This added 10,098 acres (41 km²) to the property which had been donated to the Boy Scouts of America by oil magnate Waite Phillips.

Among its ruins, at an elevation of 10,000 feet, Philmont now runs a staffed camp and commissary, which includes a trading post and showers. Its programs include a history of the town and climbing the mountain, which is the highest on the ranch.