What to See and Do
Santa Fe Trail
Where to Stay
Where to Eat
Planning and Logistics
Managing the Scouts
Managing the Trip
Experience More of New Mexico
The best way to travel to Philmont is not the quickest. Take an extra two or three days to
see New Mexico and make your Philmont trip a real
Your trip to New Mexico can put your Scouts in touch with Spanish and Native American
cultures. They can see Indian dances, pottery, turquoise, silver jewelry, Navajo rugs,
southwestern art, and live rattlesnakes (behind glass). They can learn about the anthropology of cliff dwellers, the history of
Spanish conquistadors and colonization, the exploits of trappers and those who traveled the
Santa Fe Trail, and the historic development of the atomic bomb. They can experience a
trail ride in the high country, white water rafting, or a ride on a narrow gauge steam railroad.
Perhaps best of all, your Scouts will get some first hand experience with travel in a multi-cultural world.
Objectives of this Web Site
This Web site will be useful to Boy Scout or Explorer leaders
making plans for their Philmont Scout Ranch expedition to spend some extra time in New Mexico.
It may also be helpful to those planning a family vacation in conjunction with a Philmont trip.
Even if you have never been to New Mexico before, have only passed through, or have only seen the state on a
Philmont-only trip, this Web site will give you much of the information you need to plan a successful two
or three day New Mexico tour for your Philmont expedition. The links at the left lead to information
on what to see,
how to make travel arrangements, and how to manage your tour. There are many possiblities for designing
a tour that meets your group's interests, available time, and budget. As an example of what is
possible, this site includes a sample itinerary for a three day pre-Philmont tour.
I spent my youthful
Scouting days camping and backpacking throughout New Mexico and I have visited and vacationed
in the state at least once a year since leaving in 1972. In 2001 I coordinated a tour of
northern New Mexico as part of a Philmont trip with 34 scouts
and adults from the Yankee Clipper Council in Massachusetts. I also helped a troop plan a trip on this model in 2004.
With this Web site I hope to
pass along information that will help you enrich your Philmont
trip with a few extra days of Scout or family touring in New Mexico.
This Web site and its links should provide enough information to get you started with your travel planning.
If you have further questions about organizing a New Mexico tour for a Philmont Scout Ranch expedition, I would be
happy to answer questions or comment on your tentative plans. Contact me by E-mail:
Tom at TomGrannemann.com
Have a great trip,
"I thought it was all great and other Scouts should want to see it too."
Jason, Troop 51