An Overview of Philmont Scout Ranch By Wilson Neely

March 19, 2014 by wilsonneelynyc

Located in Cimarron, New Mexico, Philmont Scout Ranch functions as the main High Adventure base for the Boy Scouts of America. Sprawled across 214 square miles of rugged wilderness, this area allows visitors to engage in backpacking, horseback riding, burro packing, and gold panning.

Offering options for people with various degrees of camping expertise, Philmont Scout Ranch features a 12-Day Trek that sends individuals on a nearly two-week sojourn through its territory. However, to participate on this adventure, a camper needs to reserve his spot over a year in advance at The website also contains information on how to prepare for a hike, such as what equipment to bring and what skills one should learn beforehand.

About the Author: As a youth, Wilson Neely dedicated several years to the Boy Scouts of America and went on many overnight camping trips, including two to Philmont Scout Ranch. In his time away from his career as a Partner with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, Neely passes on these experiences by taking his children on similar vacations.

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