Draft Itinerary

The ground itinerary before and after Philmont assumes that we will fly to Colorado. It's also an option to fly to Albuquerque, where we would do similar activities in the days before arriving at Philmont.


Saturday 30 June
  • Depart Philadelphia early AM and fly to Denver
  • Rent van(s) and drive to Colorado Springs
  • Check into our hotel and put on hiking clothes for our first "get used to the altitude" hike at Garden of the Gods park
  • Dinner out then return to the hotel or lodge to swim & hang out
Sunday 1 July
  • Drive or ride the Cog Railway to the top of Pike's Peak for some more "altitude adjustment".
  • Maybe tour the US Olympic Training Center
  • Lunch and dinner out then return to the hotel or lodge
Monday 2 July
  • Drive to Cimarron, New Mexico
  • On the way, visit a ghost town or the Koshare Indian Reservation in La Junta
  • Settle in at Philmont Base Camp - visit the Philmont museums plus the very cool shops and restaurants in Cimarron, including 
    the St. James Hotel where you can see bullet holes in the ceiling made by various "Wild West" outlaws
Tuesday 3 July
  • Meet our Philmont Ranger and begin all logistical preparations for our expedition (medical check, obtaining crew gear, buying fuel for stoves, emergency procedures training, gear shakedown, crew leader meetings at logistics, opening campfire)
Wednesday 4 July to Saturday 14 July 
  • Hiking in the backcountry at Philmont. In 2015 we took TREK 3.
Saturday 14 July
  • Return to base camp (by bus or hike in via the Tooth of Time)
  • Return all crew gear, clean up, and prepare for the return home
Sunday 15 July
  • Leave Philmont and travel back to Colorado
  • Time permitting, do a half-day of rafting on the Colorado River, or spend the day at a high-mountain spa, or visit a water park