Itinerary 1 is 57 Miles, and is ranked challenging. Itinerary 1 gives you a great amount of time for activities without having to hike huge distances.

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Itinerary 1
Total Miles 57 Miles
Highest campsite elevation 11,650'
Lowest campsite elevation 7,185'
Conservation Project Buck Creek
Level Challenging
Number of Dry Camps 1
Staff Camps 5

Is your crew looking for a program packed itinerary in addition to seeing the best sunset on the ranch at Philmont's highest camp? Look no further. This trek starts by hiking past Cathedral Rock and the picturesque Cimarroncito Reservoir. Check out the Demonstration Forest and the Hunting Lodge before climbing several new rock climbing routes at Cimarroncito. From there, the cool hike up the North Fork Cimarroncito Creek will let you focus on the wildflowers and aspens instead of the heat! At Cyphers Mine, Charlie Cyphers and his hard working miners will teach you how to blacksmith, mine for gold, and treat you to some mining music for the night! Next, the trek up Mount Phillips will be challenging, but seeing the sunset over Wheeler Peak and the Moreno Valley will be an unparalleled reward. You will then meet the mountain men of Clear Creek while shooting .50 caliber black powder rifles before resting at Comanche Creek Camp for the night. From there you will learn how the homesteaders made a living in the southwestern mountains at Crooked Creek before working with our Conservation Department on a trail project near Buck Creek. At Apache Springs, you will shoot 3-D archery targets and learn the ways of the Jicarilla Apache. Enjoy the cool walk down the Agua Fria to Fish camp where you will tour Mr. Phillips fishing lodge, learn how to tie flies, and fish the same waters that Waite loved so dearly. You will then have the pleasure of hiking down Rayado Canyon past Lookout, Crater, and Rayado Peak on your way to the Notch! Help the staff at Carson Meadows with an important search and rescue mission and enjoy the view of the Tooth in the distance. Enjoy a delicious Mexican dinner and a cool root beer at the cantina, but be sure to prepare yourself for the final leg of your journey… The Tooth of Time!


  • Cathedral Rock
  • Cimarroncito
  • Cyphers Mine
  • Mt. Phillips
  • Comanche Creek
  • Apache Springs
  • Apache Springs
  • Fish Camp
  • Abreu
  • Stockade Ridge