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Get Ready for Philmont

Start preparing for the 2018 Philmont Scout Ranch.  Philmont provides opportunities to climb mountains over 2 miles high, hike hundreds of miles of its rugged, rocky trails and visit several of the 35 staffed camps and 55 trail camps.  This camp covers essential equipment, hiking safety, physical conditioning, and all questions raised by participants.  Plus you'll learn about some great places to shakedown for the real deal.  

Who is Invited

Open to ages 12 and older; minors must be accompanied by a legal guardian.

Registration & Fees

Registration required for EACH participant.  Sorry, no group registrations. All Natural Area entry fees apply.

When & Where to Meet

Arrive by 9:15 am.  Meet near the rainwater harvesting tower next to the Visitor’s Center. Plan ahead, as the Natural Area often experiences heavy visitation and wait time at the fee booth.   

What to Wear & Bring

Wear sturdy shoes and weather-appropriate clothing; bring water (1liter per person), and a snack if you like. 


Group size is limited to 30. Reservations required and will be accepted through noon Friday, November 10, 2017.  No pets please. To reduce human impact on the Natural Area, please follow the Leave No Trace principles of outdoor ethics.


In the event of inclement weather, this program is subject to cancellation.  Check trail conditions by calling GCSNA’s main office at 210-688-9055 after 7:30AM, going to the GCSNA twitter feed or the Friends of Government Canyon Facebook page .

For more information about this program, email

Earlier Event: January 6
Toddler Trot
Later Event: January 13
Hike the Canyon