In 2016 Philmont constructed a 38 foot tall High COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) course. The tower was not completed prior to the summer season, but crews were able to climb on several of the sides and complete 5 obstacles (two rope bridge, cargo net, Snake, Diamond, and log bridge) 38 feet up in the air. After the 2016 season, the contractor will be back to finishing the last 1.5 climbing walls and multiple additional obstacles at the 38 foot level. High Cope was only available to crews on Trek 19 and participants from the Philmont Training Center.
The High COPE course replaces the COPE course east of the COPE turnaround.